Each train has six open advertisements, so we found six incredible Bay Area artists gracious enough to let us offer copies of their work here for anyone who wants to help us put their art on BART.
We're working to bring more art to the public – putting it on subways and buses, filling empty building faces with color, but facilitating it in a way that’s legal and paid for so the art can’t be painted over or taken down.
We're WanderArt, a two-person team building an app that helps people find the art around them and records their reflections while the artwork's right in front of them. We're building a database of art in the public space and opening the floor to anyone with Internet access. Is it the ugliest thing you’ve ever seen? Does it remind you of that road trip last summer? We want to know.
We put out an open call for an idea called “Art on BART” and received more than 80 submissions from Bay Area artists. It was difficult, but we chose six works with the word "escape" in mind because when you're uncomfortable or underground, imagination is the best way out.
Twenty “branded cars” are reserved on BART for the month of March (the 2nd - 30th to be exact), and the more money we raise, the more train cars we can buy. They come in at a little over $1,000 each, and we're told all 20 cars would reach approximately 3,931,560 people, which means that each car alone reaches 196,578 people in four weeks. Our goal is to reach 1 million people, which takes just a little over five cars so we’re shooting for six.
If you think greeting BART riders with art instead of ads might improve someone’s day, help us bring art on BART!
Meet the artists:
Radio Free Clear Light is a group of three San Francisco artists: JC Mendizabal, Etanna Zak, and Lydia Harari. Collaboration is integral to their creative process as well as a willingness to transcend genre and foster liminal spaces. In this way, rather than expressing something that is already established intellectually, the interaction between the creative artifact and the observer becomes a process of discovery. Their work finds expression through several parallel disciplines, including graphic art, electronic music, literary art, and video. Working together since 2006, they founded the independent press Fourth Way Comics as an incubator where these mediums could cross pollinate.
“Blood Of Strangeness” first appeared in the graphic novella "Man With A Gun" in 2013.
Sean Wirth is a San Francisco native who began as a tattoo artist before transitioning to painting. Being able to use a brush on a larger, freer scale was cathartic, and Sean developed a style of landscape that ranges from on fire with heat to icy cool.
"Aurora" was painted with airbrushed acrylic on canvas in October 2013.
Brendan Getz was born in Colorado and got his B.F.A. in Painting at Tennessee's Belmont University before moving to the Bay Area. He works out of his studio in Berkeley where he creates videos and sonic compositions for specific works of visual art that are performed and recorded live.
“Drakes Bay” an oil on canvas work painted in 2013.
Arash Shirinbab has worked as a visual artist, calligrapher, art manager, and entrepreneur in the Bay Area for more than a decade. His "poem paintings" introduce calligraphy to a traditional medium, creating dynamic, expressive works based in words.
His mixed media/digital work "Sunrise of the Bay" was created in 2013.
Jeffrey Thompson specializes in painting, drawing, and mixed media, and he's been exhibiting his work in San Francisco since 1991. His paintings are abstract, geometric and textured, often with layers so thick you nearly drown in them.
"Color Interval with White Number Two" is an oil, acrylic, pencil, and collage work created in 2013.
Gabrielle Wilson Sealy's visual art ranges in everything from pastel to charcoal to gouache, but she also creates in spoken word, film, performance and sound. She takes her inspiration from her grandfather, John Wilson (who is also an artist), using her socio-political work to empower the marginalized and promote a space of openness, freedom and love.
Her work "Drought" is part of a three drawing series called "Africa in the White House." It is a pastel on paper study based on African tribal decorations of a griot, one of the traveling poets/musicians/storytellers who continued the tradition of oral history in West Africa.
If we're funded, these six artworks will fill up the six 22" x 21" advertising spaces inside as many BART trains as we can afford. The excess space will be dedicated to the artwork's title, medium and date, just as you'd see in a traditional gallery, along with the artist's name and website. At the very bottom will be information on how BART viewers can share their opinions on the work using the new WanderArt app.
We're also holding a launch party at Public Works in SF, on March 7th from 5-9pm. There'll be a pop-up gallery, silent auction, live painting and live music. Plus the original artworks will be on view for one night, and you'll get to hear from the artists themselves about the works featured on BART. Even if we don't reach our funding goal, the party goes on!
Final week rewards!
Risks and challenges
We already have the ad space arranged, so the only problem we can foresee would come in the actual quality of the artworks printed by BART's outsourced advertising manager, Titan. We've been assured that the quality of the 22" x 21" prints of the artworks will be completed on 18 pt. card stock, laminated with a UV clear coat and printed with weatherproof/waterproof inks.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter