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I'm going to New York to draw people in the subway on an Etch-a-Sketch. I will document the process & share the experience online.
I'm going to New York to draw people in the subway on an Etch-a-Sketch. I will document the process & share the experience online.
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Riding the Lines: Culture Etched in Transit

A series of Etch-A-Sketch performances by John Raux on the New York Subway.

     I’m spending two weeks doing portraits on Etch-A-Sketch in the subways of New York. I will document and share the work with the “models” before they exit the train and then upload the work daily for followers on the web.

  The project's focus is the performance to emphasize the medium’s fragility, novelty, and play while referencing the cultural mechanisms of distraction, alienation and disconnection. The work aims to be a subtle catalyst of surprise, interaction, and childlike curiosity within the closed doors and lives of the daily commute.

     To facilitate this project:

     I'm obviously making some Etch-A-Sketch drawings as rewards. I will do portraits of all kinds (your family, dog, landscape, logo, caricature) so feel free to be creative.

     I'm making a limited edition run(100) of a classic Footballzine fold out with the poster art masters at Valhalla Studios. The "Scream Out" poster has 300 things to do/cures for boredom on it!

     I'm printing shirts with a painting from my latest series "Reflective Vision". It seems like yesterday that I was biking through the bustling Kathmandu alleys trying to find art supplies. The series started in the Himalayas and was recently completed while in residency at BNIM.

     The Kickstarter money raised goes to cover the costs of shirts, posters, Etch-A-Sketches, travel, boarding, transit, Indian food and pizza, performance photo and video documentation, fees, and the creation of 100 or more new drawings!

For the next 30 days I will be posting a new Etch-A-Sketch drawings from Kansas City on my blog. Thanks so much for all of your support!

FAQ

  • Approximately 3 to 5 stops(15 min).

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  • It is possible but I don't do it. The value is in the experience. The beauty lies in the fragility. The surprise is in the novelty.

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  • I will fulfill all of the rewards after October 12 if and only if the project is funded. T-shirt sizes, quantities, addresses, portrait materials, and live portrait scheduling will all be received and responded to in October.(with the exception of any live portraits scheduled in New York... which will be done in early November)

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  • About 7 years. I was given one as a joke when I worked for a season as a barista in an Ad agency. Soon enough I had a suggestion/challenge bucket to pull out "charades style" the content for my next drawing. It certainly helped with tips.

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    Signed Limited Edition "Scream Out" Poster(16x20in)

    The mouth design was first printed in Footballzine a few years back. The design includes 300 "things to do" as a retort against complaints about modern boredom.

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    "Reflective Vision" T-SHIRT: This is piece from my new series of paintings created in Nepal this past year.

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    x2: 2 t-shirts or posters or 1 of each.
    Extra shirts or posters are $25 each.

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    ETCH-A-SKETCH PORTRAIT: 1 portrait on a Pocket sized Etch-A-Sketch. The drawing will be created from photographs or be done live if the subject is in the Kansas City or New York areas. The finished sketch will be photographed, emailed in high resolution, and posted to blog.johnraux.com.

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    ETCH-A-SKETCH PORTRAITS: 1 Full sized Etch-a-Sketch(up to 4 people) or 3 separate portraits on pocket sized Etch-a-Sketches. The drawing/s will be created from photographs or be done live if the subjects are in the Kansas City or New York areas. The finished sketch/sketches will be photographed, emailed in high resolution, and posted to blog.johnraux.com.

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