One of the clear benefits of working collaboratively is the nature of unpredictability in the outcomes.
Working in unison with each other will always challenge the status quo as two or more ways of doing things collide. Relationships will need to be negotiated and compromises made. The need for clarity around both ends and means will shine a spotlight on existing and inherited practices and assumptions.
Allowing this uncertainty to become part of the process seems to be part of the fun of working this way; it is the unexpected surprises that sometimes make the work. The dialogue starts from this level of openness to listen and consider the potential of a thought. As one engages with the other’s imagination, the process unfolds.
Together Blyton and Poljski reflected, imagined, and then set themselves to work, trying to figure out where this Alliance would end up. The results are based on individual practices, methods and materials which inevitably informed the discussions that occur on the canvas’ surface.
Blyton and Poljski started working together in 2008 when at Redgate Artist's Residence in Beijing.
Their next combined residency was at Point B in Williamsburg NY in 2013.
Their first official collaboration show, Alliance, (outside the studios) was at Neo Space Gallery, Collingwood in 2018. Alliance 2 is based on a new series of continuing works exhibited at Queenscliff Gallery.