Everyone is an Artist

Exhibit dates: October 4 – November 9, 2007

Opening reception: October 4, 2007

Inspired in part by the credo of artist Joseph Beuys (“every human being is an artist”), Tattfoo Tan‘s aim was to disassemble art’s “precious and high-handed” reputation by making it accessible to regular folk. He reinterpreted ancient techniques so that they could be used with materials found around the house or in the office: coffee filters, filo dough, food coloring. These easily recognizable tools and the clear instructions he gave, encouraged less confident participants to have a go. The adaptability of his work is key; Tan is delighted when artists suggest different materials they could use, such as pastry instead of dough.