Par Avion Project 2011-2012The Par Avion Project, sponsored by the Boston/Strasbourg Sister City Association, began in the spring of 2011. This interactive art exchange was concieved as a way to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the relationship between Boston, MA and Strasbourg, FR.
The concept for the art exchange was loosely based on the of the French Surrealists' parlor game called The Exquisite Corpse in which one person begins a drawing and others add elements to the drawing until the image is complete.
Fifty artists were invited to participate, half from each city and the artists were assigned "visual pen pals" from across the Atlantic.
The art was created in three layers. Working in this fashion requred artists to incorporate marks, materials and compositions that were foreign to their own visual vocabularies, but one universal sentiment emerged: this process challenged each person to stretch artistically. Essentially, all 50 artists embraced a found object and somehow made it their own. One artist aptly said, "This project was like creating a reply to a message in a bottle."
Boston ArtistsLyell Castonguay
Ellen Shattuck Pierce
Sara David Ringler
Strasbourg ArtistsAlain Allemand