By John A. Barry And Bill Carmel
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About this blog: John Barry is the creator of trAction Painting, a process/performance genre in which he applies paint to large surfaces with bicycles, roller skates, and other wheeled conveyances. With Bill Carmel and other associates, he has bro... (More)
About this blog: John Barry is the creator of trAction Painting, a process/performance genre in which he applies paint to large surfaces with bicycles, roller skates, and other wheeled conveyances. With Bill Carmel and other associates, he has brought trAction Painting events to local schools and summer camps. He also creates visual puns. His works are included in several private collections. John has authored/coauthored a dozen books, including Technobabble and Sunburst: The Ascent of Sun Microsystems. John can be contacted at [email protected]
Bill Carmel has 35 years' experience as a professional artist. His fine art paintings, sculptures, and designs are included in private, corporate, and public art collections in the United States, Europe, and Australia. After teaching at Humboldt State University and Southern Illinois University, he returned to the Bay Area, where he remains active in the arts by serving as a co-curator for the Lamorinda Arts Council's Orinda Gallery and by exhibiting throughout the Bay Area. Bill reviews exhibits at SFMOMA, the De Young and Palace of Fine Arts museums, and other Bay Area exhibition venues. Bill can be contacted at [email protected]
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Art In the Park is near; the annual event takes place in San Ramon's Central Park the weekend of October 5-6, at the corner of Bollinger Canyon Road and Alcosta Blvd. The event's purpose is raise Funds for cultural art programs in San Ramon schools. More than 80 artists will participate, including yours truly.
I will be doing a trAction Painting demonstration. In this type of performance/process art, I employ bicycles ("bainting"), inline skates ("skainting") and other wheeled conveyances to lay down layers of paint on 12 x 26 feet of canvas stretched out on parking lot. After depositing each layer, I allow it to dry before moving on to the next. When I have finished, I will separate the canvas into an 8 x 14 diptych, two 9 x 12 paintings, and two 5 x 6's done separately.
Preparation for the performance begins in earnest when I return from traveling on September 4. At that time I will provide more details, and I hope to blog about the event during the course of the weekend.
For more details about Art In the Park, contact: Shelley Barry: 925-683-4804 or [email protected]
or Roseann Chamard: 925-699-4256 or [email protected]
John A. Barry is a writer and performance artist. To comment or pitch a story idea: 925-918-7882 or [email protected]