PAINTALLICA: Soo Visual Arts Center, Minneapolis, MN
July 10-18th, 2016 


During my second year of grad school at UIowa (seems like October 2004), I was asked to take part in an overnight drawing and painting collaborative "blowout" that was beginning to pick up steam under the name, PAINTALLICA.

The group of artists known as PAINTALLICA has since built an impressive exhibition list over the years, and I have been too busy to participate since the Western Exhibitions show (2006) in Chicago.

The short and sweet of PAINTALLICA goes something like this: a group of artists arrive at a gallery/art space that has agreed to host the artists for a predetermined period of time (typically, a week) for the creation of paintings, drawings, sculpture, performance, etc. Sometimes the work is viewed by the public as it's being created - as observed during the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, IA - other times there may be an opening for the show at the end of the week. As you can imagine, arriving to a location without work leads to some quick decision making and flexibility for the sake of the group as a whole. In other words, you can't show up expecting everyone to help "finish" one of your paintings. It doesn't work that way. The idea of pushing each others work into unfamiliar directions is possibly the most consistent methodology I've experienced from the PAINTALLICA experience.

Click here to visit PAINTALLICA's site.

Click here to see some images of the show!