Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Artccupy (Live Painting in Boston's Dewey sq!)

P.credit Liz Vequist

On Saturday October 15th artist Scott Cahaly brought his travel easel, canvas and acrylic paints into Occupy Boston! Since the beginning of the movement his drawing pad has been flooded with all the imagery that has been trickling down over the world wide web. Political, economical, symbols of piece and protest have been brewing in his creative mind. "With all this excitement going on, it has been a little hard to stay in my Somerville studio and paint" said Scott Cahaly
While walking back with a friend from the Columbus Day occupy march Scott said it would be worthwhile to do "live painting" in Dewey sq. The artist arrived there last Saturday and set up around 1:30 in the blustery wind and sun. "It was not easy, the painting and supplies kept blowing away and at one point during a passing rain storm a person saw me getting wet and gave me shelter from the storm with his protest sign!" These windy conditions marked an unknown collaboration in the piece because it blew a ripped in half one dollar bill right into his materials. "At this point I just stuck the ripped currency onto the middle of the painting, cause it is pretty much the reason why we are all here anyway...." "The painting created itself at this point, a giant peace symbol showed up with an image of the earth behind it and American flag below, with Bank of America Logo." The Wall Street Bull head showed up at the top of the peace symbol with a printed picture of the artist marching the week before holding up a sign referring to the dollar that said "your boss is watching."
There is nothing like the winds of change to inspire creativity, you can catch Scott Cahaly and other painters "artccupying" some sidewalk in Dewey sq. several days a week and making spontaneous paintings....