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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In my August 19, 2015, posting, “Adult Ed,” I chronicled a trAction Painting event held in my garage. To briefly recap: a group of adults employed a variety of wheeled vehicles—scooters, skates, bikes, trike, and rollers—to create a 9 x 5-foot painting. I then cut the painting into eight sections—one for each participating individual or couple. After stretching the eight resulting canvases, I gave one to each recipient.
The majority of the people who created the canvas are members of the Mount Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church in Walnut Creek. The church has allotted us part of its exhibit space, where the painting now hangs and will for the next six weeks.
Thanks to MDUUC for giving us the space. And thanks to John Hopper and Dee Simmons for helping me mount the exhibit, and to Dee for organizing it.