Call Ampersand Response. By Michael Dumontier and Micah Lexier. Nieves and Artexte, 2012. 196pp., illustrated throughout, 19,5x25,5cm.
" 'Call Ampersand Response' is a collaborative artwork made of images exchanged via email.
Over a period of several months, Dumontier and Lexier sustained an image-based correspondence by sending each other scans of book covers, found objects, drawings and illustrations belonging to each artist’s respective collection.
The project is based on the idea that their collections speak of their shared artistic affinities while informing their practices. Two rules dictated their conduct: each image was to function as a “call” seeking a “response” from the other artist, and the dialogue was to end when an image recalling the project’s opening image emerged, thereby constituting a narrative loop.
Their conversation gave rise to a bookwork co-edited by Nieves and Artexte.
In Artexte’s new gallery space, the project is [was] shown as an installation in which shared themes and motifs are seen to play out over time, alongside objects selected from the source material"