Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Nuit Blanche brings out the artist in everyone - Creative Excellence Fridays

Nuit Blanche has once again come and gone in Toronto.   Seeing as how Creative Excellence Friday's is a weekly navel gaze at creativity, I thought I'd share something very visceral and personally inspiring from last Saturday night.

I discovered a few years back, the only way to do  Nuit Blanche is by bicycle.
There is so much ground to cover and the cabs and streetcars literally come to a grinding halt.

We started out at the LightBridge.  A talented musician and artist John Farah created it.  Different songs all in the same chromatic key  overlap as you slowly walk along the bridge.

But what was even more inspiring was the culmination of many minds into singular works of art.

The Gallery West on Queen West, near the Drake Hotel opened up their doors and invited anyone and everyone to come in and just paint their hearts out.

They had several buckets of paint and dozens of brushes on work tables. People would just pick up a brush, walk up to a wall, and start painting.

What was really magical was the way everyone worked in collaboration with the previous contribution.   It was like a sci fi movie where the aliens take over our brains and one central brain guides everything together mellifluously to create one beautiful work of art.

 The colours somehow seemed to work,  although this was due in part by what was made available through the gallery, but as anyone who ever dipped his or her finger in some paint in kindergarten knows, when you mix paint, colours change, and things happen.

The end result was beautiful, raw, and worthy of passing on.

And the street poets came out to play too with words of wisdom instinctually scrawled along side the paintings.

And not to be outdone, the Gladstone Hotel invited people in to work on a collaborate effort inspired by silent film.   

Stills from silent films were shot through a project on to a giant canvas on the wall.  Busy artist bees would sketch out the major lines and then pass it over on to a secondary table where anyone could make their mark, their stroke, their blot, their paint soaked elbow or any other contribution to the canvas.  The end result was a beautiful merging of graffiti and colour.

Kudos to ScotiaBank for recognizing it's important to fund the arts.   And I hope their good intentions are paid forward for years to come.

Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” Pablo Picasso 

With over 30 years experience, Tim McLarty  currently works out of Toronto Canada as a writer/voice performer, producer and media strategist producing advertising and entertainment content.

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