“Strawberry Woof” is an exhibition of vibrant collaborative art made together by two strangers over the course of a year from opposite sides of the world (Rose Wintergreen from Melbourne, Australia, and Riley Theodore from Minneapolis, USA). It is also a celebration of the artists meeting for the very first time.
These strangers connected on Instagram and agreed in an Instagram Direct Message to collaborate by post without knowing anything about each other. They mailed each other unfinished drawings and paintings inviting each other to play with them however they pleased.
Exchanging scraps of private messages and progress photos of their art on Instagram over a period of 12 months, they discovered they both happened to be musicians living a transient lifestyle dogsitting, living with sometimes debilitating anxiety, and using art as a place to play and to “just be a kid building a fort out of blankets and pillows and making castles”, a joyous escape from the stress of transience and the longing to belong.
“Strawberry Woof” showcases their collaborative mixed media abstract expressionist works on paper, a joyous cacophony of play, lightness, and absurdity, featuring the unavoidably heartwarming motif of dogs.
17 Oct – 5 Nov, during cafe opening hours:
7.30am-10pm Monday to Friday
8.30am-4.30pm Saturday and Sunday
Tinpot Café, 248-250 St Georges Rd, Fitzroy North
Meet the artists in person
Both artists will be present for you to meet (and make collaborative art with them, if you like!) at these times:
Thurs 17 Oct, 10am-12pm
Sat 26 Oct, 2.30pm-4.30pm
Wed 30 Oct, 4pm-6pm
Mon 4 Nov, 10am-12pm
Sales and press inquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org
Instagram hashtag: #StrawberryWoof
Riley Theodore is a self-taught painter, photographer, and musician, based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. Riley's work is based on chance occurrences and serendipity.
Riley held a séance for Tiny Tim in May of 2015. He communed with Tiny Tim's spirit, and later that summer found a lost dog while hitch hiking across the country.
Riley is open to spiritualism and magic, following his intuition while creating his mixed media paintings. Colours are chosen like tarot cards, form is discovered in the process of scratching at the surface with crayons and oil pastels, adding layers of collage scraps and paint. The end result seeks naive and playful, transcendent beauty.
Find Riley on Instagram at: http://instagram.com/riley_theodore_
Rose Wintergreen is an Australian abstract artist and musician creating a brighter world, based in Melbourne, Australia. Her art is held in private collections in Australia and internationally.
Rose is captivated by the idea of building a relationship of trust with the unknown, in the belief that the creative process will lead to the right outcome if she holds it lightly enough. Coming from a background of perfectionism and overachievement, she embraces play to create loose, open, intuitive works inspiring freedom, flow and optimism.
Wintergreen’s approach to art-making celebrates movement and patterns, building layers of rhythm and texture in ways that cannot be fully controlled.
This includes drawing a subject without looking at the page, and combining mediums so they interact in unpredictable ways, like drawing over paint when it is still wet. As well as her solo work, Rose regularly makes collaborative experimental art with strangers who believe they can’t draw (her “Drawing With Strangers” series).
Find Rose on Instagram at: http://instagram.com/rosewintergreen