Okay. I’m picturing the Red Bull marketing group, all together on a national retreat, discussing creative ideas to promote their brand. After 2 or 3 Chambulls, a voice suggests an art competition based solely on art derived from Red Bull cans. The rest of the group chuckles and looks to refill their glasses. One experienced, spikey-haired kind of guy, who really understands the brand, pauses, and then nods. Thus, the Art of the Can is born.
Elizabeth Barnwell, Dallas artist, says “art is the act of creating;” well, creation was the definitely on display at the second Dallas Art of the Can exhibit being held at The Galleria Dallas. The Red Bull Art of the Can is a hunt for creativity and is open to everyone, from full-time artists to those with a creative itch. There are no rules but this one: Red Bull cans must be the primary material for your art.
I love, love this idea. It’s so out-of-the-box (or can!) that it has major appeal to my right brain needs. This traveling contest/exhibit, taking place across the world since 1997, is really one of the most innovative art shows I have ever seen. And, get this: the art is really good.