Public acts of drawing

ALONG WITH SO MUCH ELSE IN AUGUST, this happened: my Thursday night crew set up a drawing station near St. Anthony Main across the river from downtown, turned a camera on it, and projected the scene onto a mill two stories high. Trading markers and high-fives with random passersby made our usual private dithering thrillingly monumental (the image up top is 10-feet wide; one we made the next week scrolls to nearly 20 feet).

As enjoyable as it was, more remarkable is that the resulting art—completely undirected, created by drawers of wildly varying commitment and style—is good. Nice enough to contribute slices to the $99 fundraiser show at the Soap Factory, a gallery 150 feet from where we’re drawing.

Credit for the idea and esprit de corps goes to MS! stalwart Aaron, who furnished the projector, the soundtrack (much louder than I guessed we could be in the city), and even a highlights reel (below). To echo a sentiment from several who stumbled on our confab, this is why I love Minneapolis.

UPDATE: More documentation (one of Make Sh!t’s specialties), this one by Paul.

>> Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Funny Friends

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3 comments
  1. 2b3s said:

    i love it! thanks for the moment of inspiration. (evelyn)

  2. Jake said:

    Wish everybody I know could do this with us

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