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Painting for an Audience


by Anne Bothwell 13 Jun 2008

I went to Victory Park last night to see Recapturing Cuba on the big screens. The film looked great – if you missed it, we’re posting it in artandseek.org’s feature content area. But fascinating too was watching Rolando Diaz, the subject of the doc, and Seth Simmons perform. Simmons played his original compositions on piano […]

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I went to Victory Park last night to see Recapturing Cuba on the big screens. The film looked great – if you missed it, we’re posting it in artandseek.org’s feature content area.

But fascinating too was watching Rolando Diaz, the subject of the doc, and Seth Simmons perform. Simmons played his original compositions on piano as Diaz painted a huge canvas. Told to relax and enjoy Euforia Live, the audience did just that, sitting quietly for about 45 minutes, glancing between the stage and the images projected on screen.

I know, from my music editing days, that Rachel Kice, part of Big and Rich’s Muzik Mafia, paints on arena stages while the country rock band plays. But turns out there are tons of “performance painters” on the Web. Most interesting that I found: Zen Bullies from the Bay area. North Texas performance painters – are you out there?

(And thanks to Mark Birnbaum for snapping some pictures.)

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