It’s been more than thirty years since Tim Rollins invited a group of “at-risk” pupils from a South Bronx public school to start an art project with him. They chose the moniker K.O.S. (for Kids of Survival) as a badge of honor. Rollins and the Kids set out to produce art collaboratively through a process they called “jamming,” in reference to a preferred method of jazz musicians. Rollins or one of the Kids would read aloud a carefully chosen passage from a book while the others made free-associative drawings reflecting on what they heard. But this approach, which explored the more ephemeral social and atmospheric qualities of the collaboration, also included a more concretely visual technique. Pages from the books themselves served as the material basis for collaboration, each one becoming part of a collectively authored collage on canvas. This intense working method resulted in
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