Thursday, May 5, 2011

Good Old Chicago

Today was the 19th of March, compared to the last couple days it was low key and honestly it was really good to have a day that was less than jam packed.

The daytime hours were filled with busy work around the studio and errands to Jewel, Aldi and Home Depot.  Part of the project for us was finding ways to display the art that we created the day before. It was fascinating to us and were told by those that would come into the space, that it was really something to see the collection grow and the arrangements on the walls change from day to day.

Arranging every morning.
It was days like today that we could sit for a minute and contemplate what was happening here. To see what was being created by our hands. To consider the essential importance of the music. To be so grateful for the music and amazed at how good it all was.

It was comforting to be surrounded by these paintings we made, but at the same time they represent so much energy that was expelled in the moment they were created. I guess that is really what it is mostly all about. And while we could feel great accomplishment, and some twinges of exhaustion, we were totally inspired and ready to do more and more.

Tonight we really switched it up musically. Our musical guest was Chicago native, guitarist, singer, songwriter, Mike Felton.

Mike Felton by Tali Farchi
Mike comes from the tradition of what I like to refer to as Chicago Folk. His songs, very many of them are paintings unto themselves. Well, wait, there are so many stories and history in his work that I think I should say that each one is like a mini Ken Burns documentary film. Mike's music is filled with imagery and tones that really pushed our paintings into places that very literal. 

Mike Felton
It is interesting how as soon as there are lyrics to a song that are understandable the inspiration we get from the song will take  a very different direction.  Mike's songs are about how things were. When a buck was a buck and a hard days work meant you earned a buck. He took on trips to old Maxwell Street, and even up to the mines of Michigan's Upper Peninsula and told stories of crooked politicians and lovers that weren't coming back.

The tree that grew like Mike Felton's tales.
The paintings we did this night were very figurative, In fact Tali painted a haunting piece that was a Chicago scene that we actually saw a few days later.

Tali's Chicagoan vision.

©2011 The Colorboration Project is the property of Tali Farchi and Royce Deans.

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