Friday, October 26, 2012

#iTOMB for the Pasos Peace Museum

David and #iTOMB for the Pasos Peace Museum at the Riverdale Arts Festival
On October 14th, #iTOMB began a new chapter in Interactivism by working with the Pasos Peace Museum to activate a new fundraising effort for the non-profit. Named, "Be the Change You Wish to See", the effort featured by myself and #iTOMB painting with children and adults alike for the afternoon at the Riverdale Arts Festival in the far North Bronx, New York. Working with museum board member Lisa Brandon-Colon the #iTOMB concept was used to bring an interactive element to a festival that otherwise mostly consisted of displays of art with little chance to actually make any. "Your activity is great.", said Lisa and the afternoon produced more than 30 paintings, all brilliant in their own interpretation but more importantly, important because of the experience they provided their creators.

This Saturday I am pleased to bring #iTOMB and our special brand of Interactivism to NEST+m, New York’s premier K-12 public school for Gifted & Talented students for a Halloween Festival - and don't think I'm not just a little scared, about letting NYC's best and brightest show me up just a little:-) Nah, but 500 smart kids can be a little spooky even without the costumes, right? Should you know of an event or organisation that could use the spirit, activity and creative fun of #iTOMB, please let me know. As Frankenstorms approach and the weather turns less hospitable, we're ready to head indoors to keep the brushes and ideas flying. 

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

The High Line - Above It All

David Everitt-Carlson and iTOMB, The High Line, NYC. Photo: Will O'Mailley
Last week a journalist asked me to describe the High Line, the New York City park built on an old abandoned elevated railway where I execute iTOMB, in three words. "Above It All", I said. She smiled, and I thought that would make a lovely promotional line for the park. I'd be very happy to see the line used in that way - and thanks to Will O'Mailley, a visitor to iTOMB, for the lovely image.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

#iTOMB: Work of the Week 10.01.12

#iTOMB.Yeheli (12) (Israel) 10.05.12

The week of 01 October produced not only more pure genius but some genuine emotion as well. Above, my favourite from our painting sessions on The Highline in NYC for the week. At just 12 years old, Yeheli from Israel, shows an artistic wisdom far beyond his years. Whipping this gem off in about 10 minutes he proudly presented it to me, saying offhandedly, "All the paitings at MoMA look like that". Geez. Out of the mouths of babes:)

Also in the show this week (see below) our first engagement! Painting quietly and quickly, Su Hyun made me promise not to reveal the subject of her painting to her boyfriend, Hong Gyu. After I photographed it she stole the work away to her pocket - the answer to a question she had been asked earlier in the weekend:) For his part, Hong Gyu painted a bright and bouncy letter "M" - to signify her English name, Mary. Who knew that love could bloom at a funny painted box in the middle of a frenetic city? How sweet. Thank you all, artists, for continuing to amaze me and the viewers of the world:)

Thursday, October 4, 2012

#iTOMB: Interactivism Now Comes to You!

The original #iTOMB 10.06.11 Zuccotti Park, NYC

Wall Street Journal
From activist statement to interactive family experience, months have passed since the NYPD surrounded me in Zuccotti Park and Union Square in 'iThink Outside My Box' (iTOMB) and eventually arrested me for that First Amendment activity:) All charges were subsequently dropped and I'm now in the business of counter suing the boyz in blue for false arrest and confiscating all my artworks and belongings. Too much fun:) But having passed our first anniversary, Occupy survives as an activist octopus of varying actions and iTOMB continues as performance art, activism and interactivity.

Now I've moved the whole enterprise to The Highline at 22nd St. and have had nothing but positive responses from the staff and visitors. Aside from just me working, now anyone can paint a picture and boy do they paint! See this selection of the best of September's work by visitors to iTOMB

Through visitor and fan suggestions I am now making the Interactivism activity of #iTOMB available for school, social organisation and corporate programmes. That means I can travel anywhere in the 5 boroughs and set up a painting exercise for all ages at a very reasonable fee - and with my mix of performance, humour, painting and encouragement a few minutes behind the brush brings a welcome break to virtually all ages. Can you think of any schools, companies, orgs or programmes where this would work well? Let me know. I'm excited to bring the box on the road and share the experience with as many people as need a dose of creative juice. Otherwise, check out the rest of the site and see all the things we're up to.

#iTOMB today 10.04.12 The Highline, NYC- Interactive activism:)

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

#iTOMB: Work of the Week 09.24.12

#iTOMB.Romi (21 mos) 09.30.12

This week iThink Outside My Box is proud to introduce our Work of the Week - but since this a new feature, it's more like a compendium of the best work done in the month of September. See below for the full show. Above, my favourite from our painting sessions on The Highline in NYC until now. Working in a 3"X3" cardboard canvas space, Romi, at 21 months, creates a swirling post-modernist abstract that by most accounts, would be just at home at MoMA if it were 3'X3' or 30'X30'. Remember, there is no age requirement at iTOMB and certainly no skill evaluation to paint. Our current cardboard Rembrandts range from 13 mos to infinity - yet all bring a spirit that truly knows no boundaries. Thank you all, artists, for continuing to amaze me and the viewers of the world:)