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An interactive live painting project where the visitors provide the music to inspire the artist's paintings during ArtPrize 2011.
An interactive live painting project where the visitors provide the music to inspire the artist's paintings during ArtPrize 2011.
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The ArtPrize - Project Description-

ArtPrize Jukebox is the NEW concept of the "international painting duo", the collaborative artists, Royce Deans from Michigan and Tali Farchi from The Netherlands and Israel.

The last several years we have worked in different parts of the world where we have collaborated with musicians, dancers, poets, architects and cities. Each time has created a unique body of work. Most recently we did a large project in Chicago that involved thirteen different bands over the course of the eleven day project that was hugely successful. (See our blog www.colorboration.blogspot.com for the whole story.)

The ArtPrize Jukebox project is a living exhibition that will grow to at least sixty-eight 48" X 48" (120 X 120 cm) paintings on wood panels. Instead of live musicians, the public will be a very serious and important part of the process. ArtPrize is the world's largest art competition that based strongly around the framework of community. We have designed Jukebox to reflect this framework.

Tali in Chicago - © Brooke Herbert

Visitors will be able to plug their iPods with their own play lists into a sound system; their musical choices will shape what we paint. The songs that will be chosen will be documented and posted along with the name of the contributing visitor as a permanent description that will accompany the paintings as they are exhibited.

This sort of involvement and interaction with the people around us suits our vision of collaboration. We will soak up inspiration, in this case, as visitors participate with the music that means so much to them. This process we have found helps to form new friendships and connections that continue on well beyond the project’s completion.

ArtPrize Jukebox will be hosted by Steepletown Neighborhood Services in the Steepletown Center at 671 Davis Ave. NW, Grand Rapids, Michigan. 

Live Painting with Music Sessions-
During our Jukebox - painting with music sessions we will be working with the music that visitors will bring to us on their iPods. Our studio will be set up with a coffee shop/art cafe atmosphere that anyone can come and sit with a cup of coffee, tea or water and a snack while they enjoy the art. As the first bit of music fills the space, we will channel the rhythm and flavor of the sound. ArtPrize visitors will witness the creation of our spontaneous abstract paintings that develop before their eyes.

Royce in Chicago - © Brooke Herbert

The project will be a demonstration of diversity as the music will change as randomly as the people that come to see the installation. Those changing flavors of sound will echo exactly the variety of all those that come to experience ArtPrize.

Tali and Royce will be painting constantly during the hours of operation; by the end of each day at least ten more expressive paintings will be added to the exhibition. In the end of the week the exhibition will contain approximately sixty-eight paintings.


Exhibition Space-
- Consists of random music provided by the visitors to the space
- Two painters working live on while the music is played
- The artwork itself is 48” X 48” (120 X 120cm)
- The artwork is projected on the walls for all to see
- An intimate comfortable cafe setting where visitors and artists can interact
- The art will be added to an exhibition throughout the building

Painting Fellini in Chicago - © Brooke Herbert

Technical Description-
We work with two or three cameras connected to a video projector aimed at the walls so that every one can see the paintings develop and be drawn into the experience.

What's the Money for?-
Funds raised on Kickstarter will be used for:
Materials to build 68 cradled wooden panels for the paintings
25 two liter bottles of acrylic paint in assorted colors
5 gallons of gesso
5 gallons of clearcoat
30 paint brushes
15 sticks of charcoal
10 palette knives

Your support will insure the success of this project.
We have some really interesting rewards for this project, you can get a preview of some of them on our web page http://www.paintinaction.com/home/artprize

Artwork from previous projects of Tali Farchi and Royce Deans

Three Cities - 48" X 48" (120 X 120cm) Acrylic on Wood panel
by Tali Farchi
June 2010 - Zwolle, The Netherlands

Mechorganic - 48" X 48" (120 X 120cm) Acrylic on Wood panel
by Royce Deans
June 2010 - Zwolle, The Netherlands

The Aperion Project I - 48" X 48" (120 X 120cm) Acrylic on Wood panel
by Royce Deans
March 2011 - Chicago, Illinois USA

The Aperion Project II - 48" X 48" (120 X 120cm) Acrylic on Wood panel
by Tali Farchi
March 2011 - Chicago, Illinois USA

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    For only ONE DOLLAR you can be part of the art. Even with this smallest level of participation you are eligible to send us one song (MP3) that will be added to the playlist of one of our painting sessions. The title of the song and your name will be documented on the painting's label and will be permanently part of the art.

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    For only TWO DOLLARS you can be part of the art. Two bucks will make you eligible to send us three songs (MP3s) that will be added to the playlist of one of our painting sessions. The title of the songs and your name will be documented on the painting's label and will be permanently part of the art.

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    For only FIVE DOLLARS you can be part of the art. Five bucks will make you eligible to send us five songs (MP3s) that will be added to the playlist of one of our painting sessions. The title of the songs and your name will be documented on the painting's label and will be permanently part of the art. But wait, there's more, along with this five dollar involvement you will also get a postcard mailed to you from our Grand Rapids, Michigan studio.

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    Everyone loves souvenirs, and for a ten dollar contribution Tali will bring for you from Holland some absolutely enchanting Dutch chachki, direct from The Netherlands. If you happen to live in The Netherlands, Tali will bring back some genuine American kitch to you. Plus you will get a postcard mailed to you from our Grand Rapids, Michigan studio.

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    Michigan has many wonders that are totally unique to the state. Petoskey stones are one of them. They can only be found in Michigan along the northern shores of Lake Michigan. This pledge will award you a Petoskey stone that Royce has personally found while walking the beach. Plus you will also get a postcard mailed to you from our Grand Rapids, Michigan studio.

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    In keeping with our coffee shop theme we are making sets of four coasters that you may use with your drink or you could frame them and hang them on the wall. Either way you decide to use these little gems, you will end up with four original pieces of art from us. As well, you will get a postcard mailed to you from our Grand Rapids, Michigan studio.

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    Take it to town, hang it on the wall. Any way you have it, your friends will be impressed with this hand painted paper handbag made of recycled paper. Don't forget, you get a postcard sent to you from our Grand Rapids studio too.

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    Now things start to get serious. With this pledge, you will be eligible to send us an hour long play list of songs (MP3's) that will be the inspiration to two paintings we will create at the same time to form a diptych. Not only will we name the diptych after you, but we will record the creation of the paintings for YouTube and will send you a link and a high resolution image of the final result. You will also get a postcard sent to you from the studio.

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    Behind every great painting is a great study and gesture. Our way of working allows us to capture on paper the genesis of each painting which contains the essence of our first impressions. For the pledge of fifty dollars you can own one of those unique captured moments by either Tali or Royce. These one of a kind pieces of art will be painted on paper approximately 20" X 20". We will also send you a postcard from our studio.

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    Since Tali and Royce will be painting side by side to the same music, there will always be two paintings in progress at any one time. For a pledge of $100 you will get a set of 20" X 20" studies that were described under the fifty dollar reward. Think of it as a bit of her and a bit of him for one low price. Not only that but we will send you a postcard from our Grand Rapids studio.

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    Spend an hour with us. If you will be fortunate enough be in Grand Rapids during ArtPrize in September, this reward is for you. We would love to meet you, lets get together after hours for a visit and a you can chose your art from our studio.

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    Quite honestly, this is the best deal of the campaign. For $500 you will get one of our 48" X 48" paintings that normally sell for $2000. There are two reasons we are willing to offer these paintings at this price. First is that we really appreciate your support that much and secondly, you will be committing to one of these paintings before it is even painted. These paintings are on cradled wooden panels all ready to be hung on your wall. If you would like you can choose to send us a play list to work from and then we will name the painting after you.

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    There are at least a couple of people out there that just cannot understand what Royce is doing with his hair. Is he in some sort of mid life crisis or is it some kind of lame personal expression. Anyhow, here is your chance to make what you might consider 'a difference!' If you are the lucky person to secure this singular pledge amount, you will insure that Royce will get his hair cut in our studio in Steepletown Center during ArtPrize. And since the only person that has cut Royce's hair in the last 23 years has been Heidi Hallett-treece at Pure Essence Salon in Traverse City, if this reward is captured, Heidi will be on hand to do the honors. The cut hair will be donated to Locks of Love.

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    If the $500 dollar reward was the best deal, this one is the Crown Jewel. If you pledge $1000, you can send us a play list and we will create a diptych of the two paintings Tali and Royce will create and name after you. Again, we can only make this available because we appreciate your support more than we can express in words, and again, you will be saying yes to this formidable piece of art before it has been created. Remember that Kickstarter is an all or nothing proposition, there are no rules about going over our goal.

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