Take Something, Leave Something

Remy Lavelle & Coral McRyhew

The concept for our Social Practice art project is to ease public face to face interaction while still creating a conversation or interchange of sorts.  We worked with a bartering system: an exchange of tangible objects or drawings. It is a way for people to take a break from the stress of daily life and participate in something with another person, even though that other person is anonymous.

Written on each piece of paper is the phrase “take something, leave something”. Below that are object(s) left by the viewer/us.

Signs were left at four locations: (2 inside school, 2 out)
  • Huntington Metro Station, Alexandria VA
  • Student Lounge, Corcoran College of Art + Design
  • Sophomore Fine Art Studio, Corcoran College of Art + Design
  • 18th St, Washington DC

Example of the interaction in the Sophomore Fine Art Studios

The pieces that were started in school generally had more interaction than the ones that were started in the general public. If we were to do this project again one of the things that could be changed is to have this project set up in communities like schools, art centers, gyms, etc that could bring those communities together. The piece could also have been done at an earlier date with less stress of students; less busy time.

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