Thursday, August 25, 2011

CoasterPrize Announced!

As you all know by now we are participating in ArtPrize 2011 in Grand Rapids, Michigan from 21 September to 9 October. Our official ArtPrize Page Link.

Never being satisfied with doing things just like everyone else we could not resist attempting to make our project just a little bit more... Thus we now have CoasterPrize!

We figured since we are in the world's largest art prize competition with our Jukebox Project and are counting on the collaborative input of the public so heavily to supply us with music from their MP3 players, we felt it was only appropriate to give our visitors a competitive opportunity simliar to ours.

Since our venue is going to be set up to have a bit of a coffee shop atmosphere, coasters seemed like one of those things that HAD to be. In fact we have hand painted original coasters as one of our rewards in our Kickstarter campaign. 

It's a crazy idea, but initially we thought; have people draw on coasters and the one we thought was best would win one of our large four foot square paintings. Yeah, that is crazy. Fun and crazy. But over last weekend the idea grew to not only include prizes for first, second and third, but also a children's category with its own set of prizes.

Go to our special CoasterPrize page on our website to see the details.

No purchase or vote is necessary to participate in CoasterPrize, but you do have to come to our Steepletown venue to get your coaster to decorate. It is just one more way that you can be part of the fun. We love it when everyone is involved.

Feel free to contact us about ArtPrize Jukebox, we hope to see as many of you there as possible.

Monday, August 8, 2011

All the L5 Paintings on Display in Zwolle

Spring of 2010 during Zwart Festival in Zwolle, The Netherlands, we presented L5(live), a production that brought together live painting, dance and music on stage to tell an original story of a search and discovery.  

For L5,  Tali and I were painting the scenery live during each performance of the play. Over the course of the festival we did 14 shows and in the end had 26 individual and unique paintings, 14 of which were chosen to remain as an exhibition in the Stedelijk Museum Zwolle. 

This last week the entire collection of paintings were installed in Isala Klinieken - Wezenlanden, Zwolle.


Each one these painting are acrylic and charcoal on cradled wooden panels that are 4' X 4' (120 X 120cm). The music in the video is I Belong to You by Muse, a song used during the Stars portion of L5(live).

L5 Cast:
Benno Hübner, The Dancer
Tali Farchi, Artist
Royce Deans, Artist
Tamme de Boer, The DJ

Monday, August 1, 2011

Art in Zwolle

As you know by now Tali lives in Dutch city of Zwolle. Yes she has her studio there where she does lots of art and design work but we have also done a few projects there that you may or may not be aware of.

June of 2010 we presented a performance called "L5" with our good friend and collaborator, Benno Hübner. We did this in the Stedelijk Museum Zwolle. During the run of that show we created 25 paintings that were 48" X 48" (120 X 120cm) and those paintings remained in the museum as an exhibition for a time. The gallery we were exhibited in only had room for 14 of these paintings, so in reality this series of paintings has never been seen displayed together in their entirety.  But that is about to change.

Starting 6 August the complete series will be displayed at Isala Klinieken - Wezenlanden, Zwolle.

Tali has been very busy in her studio preparing all of these paintings for this exhibition. Check out this little video that serves as a bit of a preview of the show, as well as a little peek into Tali's studio space. 

This is not all of the buzz in Zwolle. As we are closing in on the time that we will be doing ArtPrize Jukebox in Grand Rapids, Michigan, The web blog of Zwolle posted a great story and photo announcing to the locals Zwollenaars that one of their hometown artists is once again making an appearance on the worldwide art stage. Click here to see the blog post.

And as a final note last week Royce delivered three paintings that were created during The Colorboration Project Chicago to the Good Work Collective Gallery in Traverse City. Stay tuned as this next week we will have photos of our art as it is hanging on walls in public places in both Zwolle and Traverse City.

We hope you are having a great summer.