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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I just read an entertaining, informative, thought-provoking book that should be on the shelf of any artist, struggling or not. Show Your Work,
by Austin Kleon, presents quick steps to getting your art discovered. . .in a nutshell, by showing it.
Kleon debunks several myths, such as the "lone genius" and "selling out," all in lively, fast-moving format. I breezed through the 10-chapter, 212-page book the first time in about an hour. Now I'm going to go back and savor it.
Among other endeavors, Kleon, creates poems and aphorisms by blacking out text in newspapers (Newspaper Blackout
) leaving the words he wants. He is also the author of Steal Like an Artist,
which, like Show,
dismisses the idea of the lone genius in favor of an "art ecology" (e.g., you must take advantage of social media, he explains) and posits that "art is theft."
In hopes of more effectively showing my own work, I plan to follow much of Kleon's advice.
He recently appeared on KQED's "Forum" program (http://www.kqed.org/a/forum/R201404011000
). His website is http://austinkleon.com