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Installation and Performing Artists for Chalk the Block in El Paso

Chalk the Block from 2010

Chalk the Block from 2010

The City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department (MCAD) is proud to present the installation and performing Artists for the 4th Annual Chalk the Block Public Art Festival to be held on October 14-16, 2011 in Downtown El Paso.

Installation and Performing Artists

Flam Chen – Based in Tucson, AZ., Flam Chen is a production of talented performers with choreographed fire eating performances, pyrotechnics, and an aerial performance of enormous balloons that will be transported around downtown streets while dancers are magically seen hanging from silk drapes.

With more than 1,500 professional performances world-wide and over 12 years of experience, They can be described as an extreme form of theatre, combining circus, aerial acrobatics, dancers, martial artists, stilt-walking, art installations, and engineering to produce spectacular one of a kind aerial shows & performances never seen before.

Mary LuckingBird Song Sing is an interactive installation that invites visitors to take on the identity of four twittering birds. Four large, colorful bird masks are mounted on microphone stands on a small stage. Visitors can walk up to a mask, and speak, whistle, and sing. The participants’ voices are picked up by microphones inside the bird-masks, and transformed into birdcalls.

Mary earned her Master’s degree in Art and Technology from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she has developed artworks that help people explore, understand, and change the environment where they live. Her work can be found in cities across the US, and in Phoenix, where she lives and works. For more information, please visit

Poetic KineticsFire Pagoda is a decorative gazebo with an inverted ceiling of fire providing a safe and unforgettable environment for guests to gather and witness the extraordinary beauty of fire viewed from below.

Based in Los Angeles, Poetic Kinetics is the evolution of a decade long collaboration between skilled artists in diverse realms. With a wide base of expertise and an ongoing desire to find unique creative expressions, Poetic Kinetics brings an enthusiastic creative spirit and a deep commitment to impeccable production value to each new endeavor. They have participated in numerous events such as Burning Man Arts Festival and the Electric Daisy Festival in Los Angeles.

Jay Yan – Chinese-American artist Jay Yan, from Los Angeles, will be projecting interactive anime monsters onto El Paso’s Chase building façade and onto the grounds of Arts Festival Plaza during Chalk the Block on Friday October 14th through Saturday October 15th.

Jay Yan was born in China and he received his Master’s of Fine Arts in 2007 from the University of California, Los Angeles. He quotes, “I am born Chinese, raised American, and now because Chinese art is so hot, Chinese once more”. He has participated in numerous projects including Pictoplasma in Berlin, Germany, and FILE in Sao Paulo.

Dave FordSwing Set Drum Kit is an interactive sculpture composed of percussion elements connected to a swing set. Three swings are playing different percussive instruments, including bass and snare drums and cymbals.

Dave Ford graduated from Grand Valley State University with a BFA in 1993. Upon graduating, Mr. Ford moved to the art dormitory of the eastern U.S., also known as Williamsburg, Brooklyn. There he continued making art, participated in group shows and began creating his “Truck Drawings.” Ford has shown at several venues in El Paso, including the Union Gallery at UTEP, Adair Margo Gallery, and has several pieces in The El Paso Museum of Art’s permanent collection. Dave and his family recently moved to Evanston, Illinois.

About the Event

On October 14-16, the City of El Paso Museums & Cultural Affairs Department will host its fourth annual Chalk the Block Public Art Festival in Downtown El Paso. Attended by over 25,000 El Pasoans and tourists annually, Chalk the Block invites and promotes the participation of local and regional artists. Original works of art will be exhibited as part of a 3-day long festival. Featured highlights for 2011 include: sidewalk chalk art, performance by nationally-renowned fire and aerialist troupe Flam-Chen from Tucson, AZ, an interactive “Birdsong” installation by artist Mary Lucking, a site specific music installation by local artist Dave Ford, a “Fire Pagoda” by artist collective Poetic Kinetics (who famously created works for Beijing’s Olympic Park), and an animated video installation on downtown El Paso’s historic facades by Chinese Artist Jay Yan. Additionally, a partnership with The Downtown Management District will create several “Pop-up Galleries”, which are temporary art exhibits located in vacant storefronts in downtown El Paso.

Additional programming will cater to a variety of ages and interests, including: art vendors, live music entertainment, performance art, an interactive kid’s zone, food and refreshments.

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