RoadTrip Re Re Mix Mix

Soft guitar strings flitter from steel guitar on my radio nob–Hyundai rocks! The melody is softly reminiscent of the road and memories and I’m driving but I feel like asking Siri what key this song is in. 100 miles becomes just another accumulation we garner and Jen silently takes in views. I have an art show in Reno no one will see.

The largest natural deposit of asphalt in the world is an estimated 10 million tons in the pitch lake located in La Brea in southwest Trinidad. Bitumen they call it in the UK. Classified as “pitch”, is a petroleum material hard to refine, great for road making. Asphaltum is what it once was called. The word is derived from the Ancient Greek ἄσφαλτος ásphaltos. We drive on it.

None of that matters, other than providing an intro all about the black road that snakes us out to the Western states of Nebraska, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, a snippet of Wyoming and eventually South Dakota. We leave from Fort Wayne, end of November.

The very American and cinematic and very superficial is the view we chase and we loved it. It was a vacation paid for by an art gallery, but more so paid for by art sales my girl Jen made it happen like with a swish of her magic sales wand over social media. A magic social media sales wand.

Glowing digital travel maps of America take us from Indiana to Nevada to Indiana via Mount Rushmore. I tried to include maps in my videos. These days videos offer so much info amongst the artistic treatment, I can’t pass up the medium.

•Red Rock is near Denver and the location is most famous for the amphitheater there amongst the glorious rock formations and overlooking city lights in the distance.

•Crossing the Utah/Nevada border became a recurrent adventure in the night. Luckily we ended at a decent hour and the motel was still open and ready for us in Pioche.

•Cathedral Gorge and Calienté were  such a blessing and a great morning was had to great us from our grand entrance to Nevada the night before. Hint: it was dusty.

•Thunder Mountain monument is a gem that I feel privileged to know of. I wrote an article about it way back.

•South Dakota. Hotel room after our day that took us to Carhenge and we enjoyed our stay.

•Bonneville Salt Flats and the Great Salt Lake and the Anola Gay. Dropped the bomb on Japan. Eerie, yes, and the beauty is in the minimal landscape with pefectly flat white vistas. The history at the Salt Flats is colorful in the auto arena. This is racing.

•Goldfield and the Mozart for Thanksgiving was a warm moment and filled the belly. Memories rolled back in from the days when I lived there and the spirit of indivualism would subside on holidays for feasts.

•The Sands at Reno has great windows. The views are pretty good with city lights below. I reminisce about cleaning the windows here in years gone by. I showed Jen the door to the roof that’s open.

•Virginia City held our attention the day after the Reno show and the shops weren’t so busy we couldn’t move but the town was full. And the bars..

•Outside of the Badlands we watched bison. This was after wonderful Wall Drug experience. You know they have the largest private art collection of wester art in the world?

•Crazy Horse monument isn’t finished. They want a big donation to go in. 

My last time South Dakota … it was colder than now at Standing Rock. I camped out in that cold and today, looking at the map, I can see it’s right in the middle of the country.. I could’ve gone left , back to Reno, or to the right, Indiana. I went right. Back home. Bought a house. Still painting and showing art.

 Fort Wayne is my home town. It’s the MidWest.

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Sorg is Doing A TEDx TALK

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“Artists were the original self promoters” says Chad Sorg from the cool desert shade cast by towering buses he helped plant at the International Car Forest of the Last Church in Goldfield, Nevada. With Sorg’s help the roadside destination already has a sizable root system of international media publicity which is growing daily. Huffington Post calls the International Car Forest of the Last Church one of 11 therapeutic art destinations to see and Stella McCartney recently filmed a fashion video there and there’s a documentary being filmed.

Sorg portrait paints in the Midwest when he’s not living periodically as the Fishbowler in display windows across the country. He was a founder of NadaDada Motel which has proudly called to attention the work of 300 artists and performers and the New York Times published the story in 2009. He’s currently writing a book about his adventures and lessons learned. When he’s not TED talking he’s window cleaning. @Art of Sorg on Facebook & Fishbowler.

TED X Carson City, NV, Mar. 29th, 2019

and then I FISHBOWL! @ Junkee’s in Reno!

Yes, I YouTube

Fishbowling started for me in 2007, in the days of MySpace but my social media start was really with Tribe, a lesser known network and for my first 2 Fishbowl outtings (Then called Artistfishbowl) I wasn’t incorporating social media interaction. Facebook was only 3 years old at the time, officially, but I didn’t go to Harvard. If you know me, you know that today I’m addicted to Fbook.

But I also do YouTube. I’m run a window cleaning business so you’ll see vids for that there but scroll down if you’d like to see footage from the fishbowl in years past.

my vids:

NadaSorg YouTube Page

5pm, January 21st through 5pm, January 26th, (central time zone) I’ll be fishbowling in Hyde Brothers Booksellers in Fort Wayne, IN., US. phone: 1 (260) 424-0197

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Painting Goes to the Headquarters (vid)

I started this oil painting in the fall of 2019 and it’s been a journey. I’m donating the profit from this painting to the party and to the man. I speak in code here, you know who I mean.

Starting bid will be $5000.

He Whose Name Not Spoken

So, he’ll be auctioned at the local headquarters. I feel like I have to talk in code right now so they don’t censor me. I’m donating it all to the party and our man in office.
He whose name shall not be spoken. 2020!

Artist Donates 5 foot Oil Portrait of Trump, Auctioned For Republican Campaign

“For Immediate Release”

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President Trump & Republicans in Indiana To Receive Artist’s Donation of Large Trump Portrait in Oils to be auctioned off as a donation to benefit the conservatives in office.

His work has been featured in Time Magazine, New Statesman, New York Times, Ripley’s Believe It Or Not, Huffington Post, USA Today and Wall Street Journal. In 2019 he did a TED talk about his artistic endeavors in the desert and for a short time he was the president of the Chamber of Commerce in that desert town, Goldfield, Nevada. The Car Forest quickly become an international oddity celebrated, and was recently featured in Time Magazine.

–“It’s kind of my style to paint the most polarizing face in America because I see that his work is good. And I see that even the conflicts attract attention to the subjects at hand. Our man is a showman with bravado. I hope to inspire diversity of thought. It’s a matter of expressing with courage a defense of my conservative stance amongst the liberal art world. I became the black sheep.”

–artist, Chad Sorg

In Reno, NV for 20 years, Sorg co-founded NadaDada Motel, art exhibitions in motel rooms. 400 creatives have participated. The 3rd year brought with it a New York Times article on NadaDada. He helped built & promote the International Car Forest of the Last Church in Goldfield, NV. which is a roadside attraction of 40 cars planted vertically and painted by visiting mural artists. There’s no accounting for taste.

Chad Sorg has been back in Fort Wayne, IN since 2017 quietly painting paintings in his studio but the artist has now painted a large portrait of President Donald J. Trump. No attention is bad attention. At least politics is interesting.

Silent Auction, $5000 minimum.

Painting, oil on canvas, 40” x 60”, framed in poplar.

Painting is on display at Allen County Republican Headquarters in downtown Fort Wayne, IN. The funds are being donated to the Trump’s Re-election Campaign as well as Allen County Republican Party. Prints of the portrait will be available.


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