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By John A. Barry

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About this blog: I am the creator of trAction Painting, a process/performance genre in which paint is applied to large surfaces with bicycles, roller skates, and other wheeled conveyances. I have produced works on canvas, plywood, particle board, ...  (More)

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Summer Camp, Day 4: Finale
Aug 1, 2014 3:31 pm
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We wrapped up the camp yesterday, but I was too wiped out to write about it.

After two days of brushing our 12 x 7 canvas with skates, skateboard, and scooters,... More
Summer Camp, Day 3: Little Shavers
Jul 30, 2014 7:36 pm
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After some residual skainting, we break out the scooters—a couple of Razors, each outfitted with a plastic bottle suspended above the front wheel. The bottles have... More
Summer Camp, Day 2: Rolling
Jul 29, 2014 5:25 pm
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Today we migrate from the confines of a classroom setting to canvas-clad asphalt. Our 12 x 7-foot blank sheet sits atop a 21 x 12 canvas working surface. I open... More
Summer Camp, Day 1
Jul 28, 2014 7:14 pm
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We start painting in earnest tomorrow. Today was preliminaries: asking 14 kids in attendance about art in general; showing them some examples—e.g., landscapes... More
trAction Painting Summer Camp
Jul 23, 2014 5:10 pm
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In the nearly three years since I created trAction Painting, my works have been solo efforts, with much appreciated help from assistants. Employing bikes, skates,... More
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