Tristan Hummel on Art on Track
This Saturday (September 22nd) marks the 5th year of Art on Track, which is the world’s largest mobile art gallery. The event takes place on board a moving CTA train, where each of the six cars have been taken over by a different local artist or arts group to curate.
We caught up with Tristan Hummel, the mastermind behind Art on Track. He filled us in on how he came up with AoT and the challenges behind taking on such an ambitious (and totally awesome) event.
1. What initially inspired you to create Art on Track?
An article in the Red Eye that listed ridiculous things you could buy in Chicago. Renting a train was one of them.
2. The first year that you curated Art on Track, did you run into any challenges? What were they and how did you solve them?
Since it was the first time there was a freedom to having a lack of anything to compare problems to. The first toothbrush invented was the best toothbrush at the time, even if it was made out of rocks and animal hide. I guess a particular issue was in how to hang artwork, the answer was suction cups.
3. Since this is your 5th year showcasing the event, do you still run into any challenges? If so, what kinds? If not, what has made it easier as time went on?
There is always something new to challenge me either thrown at me or self generated. This year we had to run the Blue line instead of the Loop for instance because of construction but the blue line might actually be better.
4. What is unique to the Art on Track this year? Anything special that we can expect?
We are on the Blue line, and we have an awesome after party at the Hairpin Arts Center.
5. Other than Art on Track, what have been some of your successes in the past?
ColorJam. This past summer I was in charge of building the largest piece of public art in Chicagos history. Working for the CLA and Artist Jessica Stockholder I threw over 70,000 square feet of colored vinyl over skyscrappers, sidewalks, and streets. it was an incredible experience.
6. Do you have any future events that you can tell us about?
none at the moment!