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August 13, 2009 at 11:57 PM

Public art from the back of a truck

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Holly Brown and Nko Rey were just finishing lunch when I arrived at Occidental Park on Tuesday for another artSparks event: a 24-hour reading marathon of Haruki Murakami’s “A Wild Sheep Chase” from the back of a truck. Brown read the book out loud into a mike while Rey transcribed the words on the side of the truck and another performance artist, D.K. Pan, typed on a $40 Olympia DeLuxe typewriter.
This is what each of the performers had to say:
Nko Rey: “It’s an interesting opportunity to do art in public, art that it’s out of museums and galleries.”
D.K. Pan: “We’re encapsulating the private experience of a reader but sharing it in a public venue … We are imprinting the landscape with literary text.”
Holly Brown, who just moved to Seattle from Nashville: “D.K. Pan thought the Southern accent would be part of the charm.”
Rey and D.K. Pan are the founders of Free Sheep Foundation, a non-profit organization with the mission of turning abandoned urban spaces into performance and exhibition space for artists. You may find out more about them at their Facebook page or reading this story by former Times art critic Sheila Farr.
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