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How to Enjoy Traffic Cones


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Starting location: West entrance of Tompkins Square Park (Avenue A
between St. Marks & 9th Street)
Date: Sunday, September 20, 2009
Meet-up times: 11:00am, 2:00pm, 4:00pm, rain or shine.



Traffic cone viewing is as valid and rewarding an aesthetic experience as visiting an art museum. I will lead three hour-long traffic-cone viewing tours and share fundamental principles and methods of traffic
cone appreciation.



Traffic cones are almost art. Like paintings, their primary purpose is to be looked at. Every traffic cone is unique, and provides an opportunity to speculate about its story. While manufactured characteristics (such as color, size, material, and angle of cone) vary, more intriguing is the frequently-mysterious placement of the cone. While New York City has an abundance of cones compared to many places in
the world, it is also a rough environment for traffic cones. The wear and tear apparent on most traffic cones invites speculation.

I've been photographic traffic cones for about fifteen years and am committed to fostering traffic cone appreciation. After a brief talk about why traffic cones are important and worthy of attention, and how gratifying I have found the pursuit of traffic cone aesthetics, I will lead a walking tour of select East Village streets, inviting participants to discuss and photograph the traffic cones we encounter.

This project is made possible in part with public funds from the Manhattan Community Arts Fund, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and administered by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.


LOGISTICAL CONSIDERATIONS Indicate any permits, equipment, participant limits, etc. your project will need. ConfluxCity will not be able to assist with logistics, we will want to see that you have taken your own needs into account.

Participants will need to sign liability waivers. Groups will be limited to ten participants. Everyone will be provided with an orange reflective safety vest (so they will be visible to motorists), and encouraged to remain on sidewalks and cross the street carefully at all times.



Abstract (50 words max.)

Blue and Orange Painting consists of non-linear layered footage of a painting being painted projected onto the completed painting. A ghostly silhouette of the artist working is visible, and the new marks created with the brush appear in the video projection on top of the painted marks on the canvas. Original computer software continually recomposites footage chosen at random points in time. The viewer is constantly exposed to a new composition.

Blue and Orange Painting is an homage to de Kooning, who frequently painted and drew layer upon layer.


Artist information (50 words max.)

New media artist Erik Sanner has been exhibiting in New York and Tokyo for over a decade. He was recently awarded a Manhattan Community Arts Fund grant for his public art project "How to Enjoy Traffic Cones," which includes traffic cone viewing tours and collaborative artmaking by artists and non-artists alike. Sanner's goal in all his work is to expand the definition of painting by embracing technology.