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Proto-trAction Painting

I (John) paint with bikes, scooters, skates, and other wheeled conveyances. I count Jackson Pollock as a primary influence. Pollock was the avatar of Action Painting,...

Original post made by John A. Barry and Bill Carmel on Mar. 7, 2018
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Jazz and Abstraction

The jazz program at Peace Lutheran Church is one of the best deals in the area. On the first Sunday of seven months out of the year, you can catch,...

Original post made by John A. Barry and Bill Carmel on Jan. 10, 2018
Last comment by Cholo, on Feb 13, 2018 at 2:30 pm | 9 comments | 2019 Views

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How Many Artists Does It Take to Hue in a Bight Bulb?

By John A. Barry If the Albany Bulb is any indication, an indeterminate number. The Albany Bulb is a former landfill at the foot of Buchanan Street. Until it...

Original post made by John A. Barry and Bill Carmel on Nov. 29, 2017
Last comment by Cholo, on Jan 3, 2018 at 10:15 am | 3 comments | 1669 Views

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Rodin and Klimt: The Visit

By Bill Carmel As part of the series of exhibitions that celebrate the Centennial of Auguste Rodin’s death, the curators of the "Klimt and Rodin, An...

Original post made by John A. Barry and Bill Carmel on Nov. 8, 2017
Last comment by Matthew_Arty, on Nov 14, 2017 at 5:51 am | 4 comments | 2354 Views

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Centenarian Going Strong

All too many artists have gone before their time: van Gogh, Poe, Pollock, Rimbaud…. Arthur Fiedler, longtime conductor of the Boston Pops, made it to 84,...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Jul. 31, 2017
Last comment by Cholo, on Oct 3, 2017 at 8:54 am | 3 comments | 2702 Views

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Adult Ed

The physical and intellectual pacing may have been more deliberate and deliberative, but the adults in their 60s and 70s were kids at heart as they...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Aug. 19, 2015
Last comment by andy, on Sep 29, 2017 at 12:39 am | 7 comments | 3903 Views

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Copying, Stealing, Homage

A friend who recently attended the Matisse/Diebenkorn exhibit at SFMOMA expressed astonishment that Diebenkorn’s Nude on a Blue Ground (1966) was in...

Original post made by John A. Barry on May. 16, 2017
Last comment by Richard Daniels, on Sep 12, 2017 at 3:47 am | 3 comments | 2650 Views

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Material Matters

By Bill Carmel Consumerism is a capital experience. People shop all over the world and purchase items needed to keep body, mind, and spirit alive. The stuff...

Original post made by John A. Barry on May. 23, 2017
Last comment by John A. Barry, on Aug 28, 2017 at 8:06 am | 4 comments | 2600 Views

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trAction Abstraction

In January I profiled Rossmoor resident Karl Livengood, a retired social worker involved with the Rossmoor Senior Tutors Program. He also coordinates the Fine Arts...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Jun. 17, 2016
Last comment by UdyRegan, on Aug 26, 2017 at 7:52 pm | 6 comments | 2891 Views

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Don’t Get Cute with Me

1. attractive, especially in a dainty way; pleasingly pretty 2. appealing and delightful; charming 3. affectedly or mincingly pretty or clever; precious 4. mentally...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Jul. 22, 2017
Last comment by Fausta Facciponte, on Aug 4, 2017 at 7:09 pm | 5 comments | 3126 Views

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Women’s History Month

March is Women’s History Month. Toward that end, I’ve festooned my bike o’ the month with names of inspirational women in such fields as Sciences...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Mar. 22, 2017
Last comment by lenacharles, on Jul 4, 2017 at 4:58 am | 7 comments | 2754 Views

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Speed Painting

How do you get 40 second, fourth, and fifth graders to create a 7 x 11 foot painting in less than two hours, using Razor scooters as their "brushes"?...

Original post made by John A. Barry on May. 21, 2015
Last comment by John A. Barry, on Jun 22, 2017 at 2:34 pm | 13 comments | 5425 Views

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trAction Painting Summer Camp

In the nearly three years since I created trAction Painting, my works have been solo efforts, with much appreciated help from assistants. Employing bikes, skates,...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Jul. 23, 2014
Last comment by Jan Hersh, on Jun 5, 2017 at 3:21 pm | 4 comments | 3677 Views

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Weaving a Story

Well the Yanks hate the Reds And the Greeks hate the Turks I really hate to say it But they're all a bunch of jerks – “Piss on the Wall,” J....

Original post made by John A. Barry on Mar. 7, 2017
Last comment by SHAUN TAIT, on May 9, 2017 at 1:01 am | 2 comments | 2703 Views

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Matisse into Diebenkorn

Review of Matisse/Diebenkorn exhibit, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, by Bill Carmel, MFA (JAB note: This site limits the number of images that can...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Apr. 18, 2017
Last comment by Mike, on Apr 24, 2017 at 8:57 pm | 11 comments | 3352 Views

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April Fools

The Museum of Modern Art is opening a branch in the new San Ramon Center. Watch here for details. Well, it’s that time of the month, and my bike is decorated...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Apr. 1, 2017
Last comment by Cholo, on Apr 7, 2017 at 11:36 am | 5 comments | 2487 Views

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Bicycle Built for Hue

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...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Feb. 26, 2017
Last comment by Cholo, on Mar 7, 2017 at 2:51 pm | 1 comment | 2015 Views

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Apologies to Irving Berlin

Berlin wrote “Puttin’ on the Ritz” in 1927. The song first appeared in the 1930 film Puttin’ on the Ritz (1930). This version features...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Feb. 13, 2017
Last comment by jamevang, on Feb 23, 2017 at 8:35 pm | 3 comments | 2989 Views

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Agrarian Graffiti

Graffiti: the word conjures images of urban blight, tagging, spray paint, non-color-matched swaths of painted patchwork rolled on to cover up the offending...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Feb. 8, 2015
Last comment by JasonBub, on Feb 10, 2017 at 12:36 pm | 3 comments | 4408 Views

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The Art of Protest Placards

Protest signs run the gamut, from predictably prosaic to inspired. Protests signs can generally be categorized thus: • X is thus • X will do thus • X...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Jan. 21, 2017
Last comment by katherinemerry, on Jan 23, 2017 at 10:44 pm | 2 comments | 3130 Views
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