& the Visual Arts League
We all have beginnings! Mine didn't begin with me, nobody's does!
My father inherited a Chapel in the woods and got to be minister by default,
slid right into it, singing his off key heart out and getting my sister and I to come along for the ride.
I don't think it is important where people are in space or time.
Somebody said "Let death have no dominion",
well that's how I feel.
( Good tried and true example: Libraries )
New technology has unleashed creativity from a thing with solid form to an idea in a virtual realm.
Houdini asks 100 people from an audience to come to the stage and stick out a finger to levitate a large body and together ..lift!
Together we can levitate large projects barely trying.
The community draws value and inspiration from artists of all kinds.
Together, we are an engine for change, to re invent, to explore and problem solve.
The projects were born beginning about 12 years ago with a collage using the photo copied images of hands and arms and even a few bones..
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No gravity! We invited small images to float together and have kept them up floating for 2 years.
NOW, April, 2004, the project took a leap with the Pipe Dream show. The floating objects on the new pages are tennis balls from the Citizen School Ball Pipe
"The Transparent Flower Show"..a visual experiment in working and playing together. Basically, it is a transparent / translucent, photocopied images show with a floral theme. Scanned flowers, painted flowers, e mailed, multiplied, reduced, enlarged, superimposed, floral in feeling! Abstracts...patterns created with all the incoming images, combining them, coming together from all over the country.
For the month of May, the show developed and filled a one hundred foot glass wall at The Old Bridge Public Library. To show simultaneously in two places, we cloned the imagery and took half to Newark, University of Medicine and Dentistry and half to the Old Bridge Library. Multiply! Add! Divide!
After that it moved to the South River Library where a piece
was created by a group of young people and we framed them all
in a hoola hoop. Then the show moved to the Metuchen Public Library
for another month. Then on to the University of Medicine and
Dentistry in Piscataway, NJ. Next it went to the Cork Gallery,
Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, NY. All the while, the show
was posted to the internet so all the participants can follow
Phillip T. Baker, the Rock & Roll artist, worked all night and then went to Cambridge School in Kendall Park, NJ and worked some more. This piece was created by 19 little children in the Head Start program, 3 and 4 yr olds, and measures about 48" across and is done on transparent, heavy vinyl. Using non-toxic paints, the children took turns by Phillip's side squishing their little fingers into the brightly colored paint and then creating an impression on the vinyl surface. By noon we had achieved the effect seen here. Within a few days the photos were on the web site.
As the children slowly moved around concentrically, artist Judy Wray followed with a heat gun drying the paint to prevent smearing. At another table, children were coloring fish for the "Traveling Magnetic Show" which moves around towns on the fire engine red Val VAN, the transportation for the Visual Arts League which doubles rolling road show. The finished piece joined the "Flower Show" January 2001 at the Cork Gallery, downstairs from Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, New York.
The children's flower piece is in the collection of work hanging at the South Brunswick Library in the children's room and it is featured in "The Book of Hope", by Icelandic Poet, Birgitta Jonsdottir. (The Dalai Lama and Lawrence Ferlenghetti are in the same book.)
The Internet was used throughout the project to teach many things all at once and add mileage to what was a few hours experience.
Can we bring great art into
our communities as
opposed to budget art?
Art feeds us -
what will we serve up as a community?
This mural has not happened, not yet!
"The Great Grape House", by Robert Rakita, Union, NJ
The Dream Precedes the Act. We are the dream weavers.
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As a tangent to a real one day show of art & food sampling in local restaurants, we began an Internet Food show of our own. ( A few tidbits )
Dian Sirken, Freehold, NJ
Lica's Freezer, Ansgard, Thomson
left above: Shankar Barua, New Delhi, India ~ right above: Robert Rakita, Union NJ
below: some others (apologies for not getting the contributor names - ed.)
Visual Arts League
1007 Old Bridge Tpk.
East Brunswick, NJ 08816