Is it possible to create collaborative work, being thousands of kilometers apart? We know for sure now, it is!
The world's first competition of polymer art couples called "2 Golovy Luchshe" (Two Heads Are Better than One), organized by three Russian artists, has just finished.
Artists from more than 10 countries applied to be part of the main competition about a week prior to the start and then organisers divided them randomly into the couples in the live draw. Each couple had to create, despite a distance between the artists, one artwork together.
Sometimes artists were not only from various cities of the same country, but also from different parts of the world!
There were artists working not only with polymer clay but also with self hardening clay who took part in the competition. And after the draw, several such couples were created who had to complete an artwork from two different materials.
The task was to create a circle divided by a straight line into two halves. Since the competition was an experiment, there was no limitation to the topic. The variety of ideas that artists brought into this competition was incredible. One artist chose characters from famous films and cartoons, some created scenes from fairy tales, and someone made their own characters and even entire fantasy worlds.
In total, 174 people applied for the main competition. They were divided into 87 couples and more than 80% of the participants - 72 couples - reached the final, providing their circles. And that's not all...
For those who did not make it to the main competition in time or did not want to participate, there was also an additional competition they could join anytime. A half of the circle. But in an additional competition, there was a so-called task: the organizers invited 11 polymer artists, who prepared workshops for their halves. The task was to finish the other half of the circle. And here everyone succeeded 100%. For every half of the circle of invited artists, there were more than 20 different and in its own way beautiful halves. Some artists could not decide so they had to leave the voting to the audience to choose the winners.
These are really impressive results that have shown extraordinary interest in the new format of the competition. Here you can see the final work of some of the participating artists.