Monday, August 20, 2012

You can be the artistic type

Want to help create art? If you can type, here's your chance. 

Sheryl Oring, an artist who's on the faculty of UNC Greensboro, needs 8 to 10 typists to join her in a public performance called "I Wish To Say."

It will be part of the CarolinaFest, the Labor Day street party that will usher in the you-know-what. From 1 to 4 p.m., Oring and her  recruits, armed with manual typewriters, will set up in the lobby of the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art. They'll ask passersby: "If I were the President, what would you wish to say to me?" 

The typists will take down the comments verbatim on small sheets of white paper, which Oring will build into an exhibition and artist book. Since launching "I Wish to Say" in 2004, Oring has collected more than 2,000 comments. ABC News has featured her as a "Person of the Week." 

"I think it's important for people to voice their concerns," Oring said in a statement, "and this project has a unique way of giving people a voice." The Arts & Science Council and the convention host committee are helping support her project's Charlotte installment. 

If you want to pitch in with the typing, contact Oring  -- -- and limber up your fingers. I suspect that some people will have a lot they wish to say.