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Hang Eight

In my August 19, 2015, posting, “Adult Ed,” I chronicled a trAction Painting event held in my garage. To briefly recap: a group of...

Original post made by John A. Barry on May. 19, 2016
Last comment by JAB, on May 23, 2016 at 8:57 am | 2 comments | 4665 Views

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Apologies to Irving Berlin

Berlin wrote “Puttin’ on the Ritz” in 1927. The song first appeared in the 1930 film Puttin’ on the Ritz (1930). This version features...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Feb. 13, 2017
Last comment by jamevang, on Feb 23, 2017 at 8:35 pm | 3 comments | 4659 Views

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The Art of Protest Placards

Protest signs run the gamut, from predictably prosaic to inspired. Protests signs can generally be categorized thus: • X is thus • X will do thus • X...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Jan. 21, 2017
Last comment by katherinemerry, on Jan 23, 2017 at 10:44 pm | 2 comments | 4652 Views

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Fautisme

Since I created trAction Painting, students, my associates, and I have employed bikes, skates, scooters, rollers, and other wheel-wielding objects...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Mar. 1, 2016
Last comment by Shane, on May 7, 2016 at 9:54 am | 3 comments | 4633 Views

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Political Performance Art

During the endless nearly-two-billion-dollars-down-a-rathole presidential campaign, many pundits and prognosticators opined that Donald Trump didn’t...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Dec. 5, 2016
Last comment by Cholo, on Jan 8, 2017 at 11:20 am | 7 comments | 4578 Views

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Peinture trAction

My effort to show solidarity with the French people....

Original post made by John A. Barry on Jan. 11, 2015
There are no comments yet. 4573 Views

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Weaving a Story

Well the Yanks hate the Reds And the Greeks hate the Turks I really hate to say it But they're all a bunch of jerks – “Piss on the Wall,” J....

Original post made by John A. Barry on Mar. 7, 2017
Last comment by SHAUN TAIT, on May 9, 2017 at 1:01 am | 2 comments | 4560 Views

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Summer Camp, Day 1

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...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Jul. 28, 2014
Last comment by vicky r., on Jul 29, 2014 at 11:35 am | 2 comments | 4537 Views

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Material Matters

By Bill Carmel Consumerism is a capital experience. People shop all over the world and purchase items needed to keep body, mind, and spirit alive. The stuff...

Original post made by John A. Barry on May. 23, 2017
Last comment by John A. Barry, on Aug 28, 2017 at 8:06 am | 4 comments | 4507 Views

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Symbolike March

Green for excessive drinking and puking. Aquamarine (or as close as I could get with spray paint) for my birth month’s birthstone. Decorated...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Mar. 22, 2016
Last comment by Aahna, on May 30, 2016 at 8:06 am | 3 comments | 4501 Views

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The Art of Newspeak

By John A. Barry Eric Blair (better known as George Orwell) was a prescient literary artist. Orwell famously predicted that “Big Brother is watching...

Original post made by John A. Barry and Bill Carmel on Feb. 6, 2020
Last comment by Cher Pascual, on Feb 11, 2020 at 11:55 pm | 9 comments | 4489 Views

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Sublime Seas

A Review by Bill Carmel, MFA SFMOMA is host to an exhibit titled Sublime Seas that features a video installation Vertigo Seas by John Akomfrah;...

Original post made by John A. Barry and Bill Carmel on Apr. 16, 2018
Last comment by Cholo, on May 19, 2018 at 11:14 am | 7 comments | 4455 Views

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Centenarian Going Strong

All too many artists have gone before their time: van Gogh, Poe, Pollock, Rimbaud…. Arthur Fiedler, longtime conductor of the Boston Pops, made it to 84,...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Jul. 31, 2017
Last comment by Cholo, on Oct 3, 2017 at 8:54 am | 3 comments | 4453 Views

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Symbolike

I have four bikes that I employ for trAction Painting projects. Their tires are covered with paint that remains and dries after I’ve used the bikes to apply...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Feb. 16, 2016
Last comment by rosalindr, on Feb 20, 2016 at 6:50 pm | 1 comment | 4434 Views

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Symbolike May

“In 1557 a gentleman by the name of Thomas Tusser compiled a collection of writings he called “A Hundred Good Points of Husbandry.” In the April...

Original post made by John A. Barry on May. 4, 2016
There are no comments yet. 4396 Views

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April Fools

The Museum of Modern Art is opening a branch in the new San Ramon Center. Watch here for details. Well, it’s that time of the month, and my bike is decorated...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Apr. 1, 2017
Last comment by Cholo, on Apr 7, 2017 at 11:36 am | 5 comments | 4395 Views

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The Immersive Experience: Monet at the de Young, February 16 to May 27

By Bill Carmel, MFA Few artists have the opportunity to be the agents of change in the course of art history throughout their lifetimes. After years of struggle,...

Original post made by John A. Barry and Bill Carmel on Mar. 18, 2019
Last comment by John A. Barry and Bill Carmel, on Apr 2, 2019 at 4:35 pm | 4 comments | 4389 Views

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Rodin and Klimt: The Visit

By Bill Carmel As part of the series of exhibitions that celebrate the Centennial of Auguste Rodin’s death, the curators of the "Klimt and Rodin, An...

Original post made by John A. Barry and Bill Carmel on Nov. 8, 2017
Last comment by Matthew_Arty, on Nov 14, 2017 at 5:51 am | 4 comments | 4211 Views

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Symbolike June

Mid-June, and the surrounding hills are bathed in golden yellow/brown, with still a splash of color from wildflowers and patches of green that...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Jun. 11, 2016
There are no comments yet. 3954 Views

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Symbolike August

It's August; baseball is still in progress. The A's aren't. Nevertheless.... ...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Aug. 7, 2016
There are no comments yet. 3848 Views
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