Thursday, May 8, 2014

ArtCar Open Car for Artists and the Curious 5-17-14

Painted Panel by Midge Hyde
Are you interested in art, protest art, and/or art painted right on a car? Are you an artist with something to say? What if you just want to see what a rolling protest of General Motors looks like?

If you are any of these people -- or anybody else -- you are invited to a free ArtCar Open Car Sat. May 17 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  The ArtCar Open Car is the best way to learn how and why we're protesting General Motors' late recall of a certain 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt.  Partial answer: We're turning a regular Chevy Cobalt into the DeathTrapArtCar!

Lizzie claims her door.
The ArtCar Open Car will feature the partially transformed car and the artists who are making protest art on it. Some of them might be painting right on the car!  The ArtCar Open Car takes place at On The Edge Art Gallery, 7317 El Cajon Boulevard, La Mesa, CA 91942. -see the map

Come take a look at the DeathTrapArtCar and, if you are an artist, claim a panel on which to paint your protest!  The photo below shows who's claimed what, and what's still available. Please join us at On The Edge Art Gallery, on May 17th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. We look forward to meeting you!

Here's what's available:

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Next Open Car May 17

Curator Kevin Six with the DeathTrapArtCar.
Join us at OnTheEdgeArtGallery, Saturday, May 17 from 10 AM to 1 PM. Watch the DeathTrapArtCar being painted, protest General Motors' bad recall practices, and claim one of the remaining panels on the formerly normal 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt.

The gallery is located at 7317 El Cajon Blvd. (on the edge of San Diego and La Mesa). For more information, email

See you there!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Call to artists from a friend of OnTheEdge

Call to artists: send message to GM on car

Attention San Diego visual artists:
Is your art going places? Have you ever wanted your art to move at 65 miles per hour? What would you say to thousands of commuters every day?

If you have answers to these questions, DeathTrapArtCar wants you.

The Death Trap Art Car began life as a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt, with a faulty ignition switch.  It was sold to a family who returned it and resold to someone who was shocked to learn that he'd been driving a deathtrap since 2010.  The news came in the form of a recall letter from General Motors.

The letter from General Motors said that the car would be fixed.  But not yet.  While automobile owners wait for parts, cars with the same faulty ignition were responsible for 13 deaths (said General Motors, but others in the automobile business put that number at closer to 300).

300+ preventable deaths and the car cannot be fixed for lack of parts.  Instead, GM wants owners to reduce the number of keys on their rings, which they say will solve the problem. Until the faulty ignition can be replaced.  Then, ostensibly, the car will be fixed better?

In the meantime the 2007 Cobalt has $0 resale value and might just turn itself (and the airbags) off while driving.  The owner of this car cannot afford a new one and really thinks people should be warned that his car might just stop working and start killing people.

That's where you come in.

Because the car is worthless -- and already Caution Tape Yellow -- it is the perfect venue for sternly worded, though poignantly beautiful, messages to General Motors about their responsibility to faultless owners, passengers and commuters. The website was designed to attract artists to the project, document their progress, and showcase the art via videos and pictures of the DeathTrapArtCar as it commutes, vacations and visits large gatherings, events and functions.

If you have a masterpiece that you'd like to paint on (or otherwise permanently attach to) the fastest art gallery in the world, DeathTrapArtCar might be just for you. If you are interested, please email us with your idea and how you'd like to execute it.

Artists will be chosen soon.  Thanks and here's that email address!

Monday, March 3, 2014

Valentines Revisited People's Choice Award Winner: Stefan

On The Edge Art Gallery: Valentines Revisited Art Reception February 15, 2014 People's Choice Award Winner: Stefan Talian

Stefan Talian
Acrylic Paintings
Solo Show TBA 
Contact Midge Hyde: 619.466.3711

Friday, February 7, 2014

What are you doing after Valentine's Day?

Isn't that refreshing?  Everyone wants to know what you're doing for the day but we're only interested in the day after.  That's because we have an event (6:30 to 9:00 p.m. Feb. 15).  We were going to do a Facebook Event but, Facebook...

We're calling it Valentines Revisited.  In this show, we asked or cadre of artists to "think about what is in your heart" and put it into physical form.  We think you will like what they came up with.  And we want to know what you think!

So just come with the one you love (you) and anyone else you care for (or not).  We're showing some excellent art by great artists, celebrating a name change (used to be Biz Center Art, now we're On The Edge Art Gallery, tell the World!), playing music, and enjoying food!

Speaking of food, we're honoring Fair Trade San Diego and the DK Local Kitchen food truck will be in the parking lot.  How's that for on the edge? 

Also, the local artists in the show ask you to vote for the piece of art you like the most.  The artist receiving the most votes gets his/her own solo show at On The Edge Art Gallery.  Thanks in advance for the love!