Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Speed Lines Event

On April 10th, during the MoCCA art fest, a group of us headed over to Washington Square Park to participate in a collaborative public art project. I love public art!

Speed Lines

From the press release:

Speed Line will be a collaborative comic strip in which each artist will contribute one 3'x3' canvas panel. The comic will unfold frame by frame as artists improvise characters and a story line, however each artist will only be able to see their frame and the frame directly before theirs (much like an exquisite corpse en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exquisite_corpse). We anticipate that the end result will be a fusion of styles and mediums.

Speed Lines

Ariel Schrag
Dina Kelberman
Molly O'Connell
Colleen Frakes
Noel Freibert
Conor Stechschulte
Will Varner
Chris Day
Patrick Glass
Nathan Bulmer
Daniel Edward Calhoun
Lyla Ribot
Nick Shakespeare
Devin Moore
John Carnes

Speed Lines

Can't speak for the rest of the participants, but I feel the event was a success. A small crowd gathered to watch us work (including a class of elementary school kids, the highlight of my week). We each had just 40 minutes to finish a 3'x4' canvas (20 to start, to give the next artist an idea of what we were going for, then 20 to finish up while they started their panel). This was both the largest and quickest painting I've ever done, and I left the park feeling really energized, if a little sun burnt, and had a great walk back to the festival. Hope NYU organizes something like this for next year, or at least an exhibition of the work.

More photos here.

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