15Mar/120

Guerilla art in stellenbosch,South Africa

In south Africa I stayed in stellenbosch, which is about thirty minutes outside cape town. It looks and feels like the napa valley, full of vineyards, tasting rooms, and elegant casual restaurants I was able to "camp out" in a motorcycle parking alcove on the ground floor of my friend's apartment building where I was staying. I had assembled all the supplies and clothes and paint from various stores in stellenbosch. I wanted to see if I was going to be able to make art on the road in a "guerilla" format where I would assemble a minimum disposable group of art/hardware items and find a spot and go to work. If I could do this I could begin to travel and make art wherever I went. On site with new insights from traveling outside my familiar surroundings I could record these experiences while fresh. Usually what happens when I travel is I am impacted by wherever I am. I store the impressions and go home to my studio to disgorge them in a frantic stream of pieces. This was an attempt to try it a different way. Portable art making. What I've learned is that it can be done successfully but is very hard if paint is used as the medium. It requires special equipment which is bulky -clothes,brushes,drop cloths to keep things clean, tape, jars,rollers, objects, boards/canvas/paper -and a place where you can be messy and spread everything out and where you can leave it so it can dry. So this medium is not very portable. However you do meet people who are passing by and interested in what you're doing. More on that on the next post. I include photos of my work alcove with a smaller work than the original canvas work I posted earlier

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