“Let’s talk of a system that transforms all the social organisms into a work of art, in which the entire process of work is included… something in which the principle of production and consumption takes on a form of quality. It’s a Gigantic project.” Joseph Beuys
Marc and I have been working on constructing a mobile art studio to take out for a stroll. Constructed from an everyday object to bring the joys of art making to a street corner, in front of a store, or in a neighborhood park near you.
We intend to wheel the “Mobile Art Studio for Creative Disruption” in a dérive* fashion, an unplanned journey through an urban landscape with the ultimate goal of encountering an entirely new and authentic experience for both the facilitator and participant. In many ways serendipitous. Attending gallery crawls, strolling through local parks, events, and introducing it into local neighborhoods. There is…
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When we are not out pushing art-we are giving away take home kits. So we get new postcards in the mail daily. Two new ones this week-
This one is from Ms. Tina Alberni. She writes,
Dear Mr. President,
Having been an art educator and professional artist for 20+ years, i have seen first hand, the incredible impact a good arts education has on kids. The Arts must remain an intricate part of their core-curriculum. Art, in all its forms, is the forum for safe expression, imagination, exploration & open communication in our ever-changing media and information age.
without art, our kids today, will be deprived from that wonderful balance the arts provide to help juggle multicultural &multigenerational perspectives,deal with life’s realities and work out emotions.
Arts Are Important!
This one is from Justine Koch. Earth without art would be flat!
Mr. Kumar’s postcard for “The Dear President’s Project” asking for more art please!
Photo by Marc Leclair of Charlotte’s skyline
The Historic South End , trolleys, foodies, and art. How many points of view are used to describe a place? Every time I look at a place or a landscape there is an opportunity to observe it from a multitude of perspectives. We strolled through parking lots, allies, and the used a building ledge as a chair for MASCD artists. The experience of this place was a bit unsettling at first. Since our city is constantly changing and shifting it is not grounded. What was there yesterday may now be a parking lot. This all has a profound affect on our perception and sense of place. But you do settle in to it all and realize it is all unfinished! Like our city this project contains in itself a condition of the perpetual unfinished.
Everyone had a great time and here are the photos to prove it! Once again MASCD brought joy to the streets! Asking, MORE ART PLEASE!
Shiny Happy People Making Art
You can call it a shopping cart, buggy, wagon, basket, or trolley. One thing for sure it is All American!
Between the 1930 – 40’s cars and large electric refrigerators had increased the size of food shopping trips. But they could not have done it alone. The shopping cart played a large role in American consumer history. The first shopping cart was designed by Sylvan Nathan Goldman, an American business man. The shopping cart was introduced on June 4, 1937, in the Piggly Wiggly supermarket chain in Oklahoma City, of which Goldman was the owner. He owned the local chain.
While thinking about how he could get people to purchase more-an aha moment happened. Funny how it is always about super sizing! Goldman took a folding chair, put wheels and a basket on it. WALLAH! Since they were inspired by the folding chair, Goldman called his carts “folding basket carriers”. They did not catch on, men were humiliated by it, women saw it as just another baby carriage. He hired greeters to explain their use and models to use the carriages around the store .A female models Goldman’s new invention around his store and demonstrate its utility.
Sylvan Goldman became a millionaire. The single wire basket shopping carriage became very successful. So why not two? Invented by Orla E. Watson of Kansas city, Missouri, who filed for a patent in September 1946. It is pretty rare to see these nesting carts around.
While the basic design of the cart has changed very little there has been evolution. The child seat was added in the 50’s. This made it very much like pushing a baby carriage-but times had changed. Where women more domesticated in the 50’s? Stores color brand their carts and some now make them from recycled plastic. Amazon and other virtual companies use the image to guide consumers to finalize their purchases. It is the symbol for consumerism that offers us individual freedom, autonomy and rational choice. Wheeling and filling it makes us part of the American Cult of Consumerism.
Today was her birthday. We shared a few things in common our love for art and strawberry cake. Her life was way too short and I didn’t get to know her well enough. Carlleena had attitude -in a good way. She was very supportive and excited about MASCD. Below is the postcard she made for the “Dear President Project”. The art community will miss you.
Being a part of the local punk scene in Boston we used posters and zines as our arsenal . The staple was our nail and the telephone pole our gallery wall. Armed with posters we hit the streets-angry disenfranchised youth. This punk rocks aesthetic has never left my being. I have a fondness for anti fashion, DIY and the ugly! Strangely enough I can still remember the smell of Morgie’s Goodwill –yew!
This brings me to creativity. Trust me this might not make any sense!
Human beings can and must learn to be creative in many different ways. Joseph Beuys’s slogan “Everyone is an artist” was not meant to suggest that all people should or could be creators of traditional artworks. Rather, he meant that we should not see creativity as the special realm of artists, but that everyone should apply creative thinking in their own area of specialization–whether it be music, math, agriculture, physics, education, or the fine arts.
I love this video of Joe singing a pop song. Just throwing it in for fun.
All to often we hear about negative art experiences that have stifled creativity. We see it as our mission to reverse negative expectations about art making. After the ”Oh no I’m not an artist “ comments comes the pride of creating something that will become part of a bigger community. So take that! “Everyone is an Artist”
As we start our new season of pushing art. Mobile Art Studio for Creative Disruption will continue its anti-establishment DIY spirit in the mode of Joe. Thanks to Charlotte Photography for this picture of us bringing the outside in and the inside out .
We are the pushers of art!