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Mobile Art Studio for Creative Disruption

June 12, 2015

diana arvanites

“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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Earth without art would be flat!

August 10, 2012

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-

tina alberni

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!

Tina Alberni

justine koch

This one is from Justine Koch. Earth without art would be flat!

MASCD :The South End

June 5, 2012

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

Shiny Happy People Making Art

History of The All American Shopping Cart

May 31, 2012

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.

Sylvan Goldman 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 .shopping cartsA 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.

shopping cart1  drawing for cart

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.

The Push and Pull of Pushing Art

May 25, 2012

As  painting students in New England we were actively taught  about Hans Hofmann ‘s “Push and Pull Theory”.  Push and Pull -the visual tensions between forces and counter-forces that gives the viewer an experience of depth and motion on a flat surface. Shapes and colors interact to create a feeling of space and movement. I adored  Hofmann but I was far more intrigued by anti-art  and The Treachery of Images.  If it is flat then let it lay flat.  This fascination and attitude often left me standing alone. I was not a “pure painter”-what ever that means.

That leads me  into  Allan Kaprow’s, Push and Pull: A Furniture Comedy for Hans Hofmann, 1963 .

allen k

allen k1

This installation/intervention/happening consisted of two furnished rooms that could be rearranged by visitors. Pushing and Pulling the furniture anywhere and everywhere stating  that anyone can find or make one or more rooms of any shape, size, proportion, and color — then furnish them perhaps, maybe paint some things or everything. Everyone else can come in and, if the room(s) are furnished, they also can arrange them, accommodating themselves as they see fit.
Each day things changed. Some visitors were so appalled they began to houseclean.

allen k houseclean

Just moving along now. Connecting the dots………………………………………………………………..………..

Artists have a long history of integrating “the spectacle” into their work: from Allan Kaprow’s Happenings and the writings of Guy Debord in the 1960’s, to more contempo art groups such as The Yes Men, Critical Art Ensemble, RTMark, Preemptive Media, and Institute for Applied Autonomy.

Let’s go back to the 1960’s, a fascinating time for art . The Situationists differentiated between passive subjects- consumers of the spectacle- and those that transform their own ideas, concerns, and passions into the spectacle itself. This movement applied commodity fetishism to contemporary mass media and exposed the common spectacular politics of their day.

MASCD creates a living environment wherever it goes.  Playful, free and meaningful. The space between the playful and serious-joy!  Carried out for its own sake .  A visual mash-up of  the ice cream cart, nostalgic vending stands, and Barnum and Bailey type attractions, the Mobile Art Studio for Creative Disruption promotes spontaneous playful artmaking interactions .  Re-appropriating objects and reclaiming public space we take to the streets in the name of art!


Our playful and seriously loose lifestyles some might consider dubious. Slipping by night into houses undergoing demolition, hitching nonstop and without destination through Charlotte with a mobile art studio during a Democratic convention in the name of adding to the confusion, wandering in allies , asking people to make art, etc. — are expressions of a more general sensibility which is no different from that of the dérive. Written descriptions can be no more than passwords to this great game.

We are Radical Jesters-indeed.


Mobile Art Studio for Creative Disruption Honors Carlleena Person

May 25, 2012

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.

Punk, Mr. Beuys, and Pushing Art

May 22, 2012


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!

mobile art studio for creative disruption