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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For the past year or so, I’ve been painting an old hybrid bike each month to symbolize or suggest that month. February is almost over, but in the second month of the year comes Presidents Day. So I painted the bike white and then covered it with roman numerals I-XXXV, for all chief execs from Washington to the present. Some numbers have annotations. E.g., I is Daddy Deist, FF
(Founding Father.) I-V are listed as FF,
with an additional Enlightenment
for III. XXXV is Camelot
; his successor gets Nam,
and XXXV’s predecessor has Golf.
March is Women’s History Month. Almost time to get out the spray paint and markers and compile a list.