In 1999, New York-based artist David Ellis invited a group of artists from New York and Tokyo to paint murals on aging tobacco barns, farming equipment and tractor trailers in his hometown of Cameron, North Carolina, a tiny farming community. Dubbed “the Barnstormers” by the locals, the group of artists made the trip, and in the process of painting formed an unlikely and lasting friendship with the people of Cameron.
Inspired by the spiritual and cultural awakenings that this first trip engendered, over the past six years the Barnstormers have continued to work together, and have returned to paint in North Carolina several times. They have received international acclaim for a massive body of collaborative mural work, a collection of time-lapse “motion paintings”, and the construction
of a custom-painted, 200-speaker, three-ton sound system. Their work has been exhibited in numerous gallery and museum shows in the U.S., as well as in Puerto Rico and Japan.
Filmed in Cameron, NC and the Southeast Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, NC, this extraordinary 30-minute DVD captures the Barnstormers' disassembly of a 1930's era 16 x 16 x 23 foot tobacco barn, its reassembly in the museum, the painting of over twenty murals on its side, and its eventual reconstruction in Cameron.
Over thirty artists have worked under the Barnstormers name. Those represented in 360 are:
Chuck Webster, Martin Mazorra, Sasu, Kami, Madsaki, Che Jen, Jose Parla, Chris Mendoza, Mike Houston, Alex Lebedev, Mike Ming, Swoon, Daikon, South, Kiku Yamaguchi, David Ellis, Maya Hayuk, Blust One, West One, Yuri Shimojo, Kenji Hirata, and Rostarr.