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Beyond the Pail: Mural Making and the Artistic Process

Beyond the Pail A2AC Gallery Exhibition

Beyond the Pail: Mural Making and the Artistic Process

On view July 29 – October 8, 2022

The A2AC Gallery presents Beyond the Pail, an exhibition that explores mural-making and its artistic process, examining how each project and surface presents novel challenges for every artist. The exhibition features curation by Louise Jones, aka Ouizi, and artists whose work can be seen in public spaces and museums throughout the world.

Opening Reception

Friday, July 29, 2022, from 6-9 pm

A2AC Gallery, 117 W Liberty, Downtown Ann Arbor

Featuring MEMCO DJs


Artists


About the Exhibition

From the Chauvet Cave’s walls to the Sistine Chapel’s ceiling, the mural has been an integral aspect of human expression and storytelling since prehistory.

Inspired by the rising popularity of street art and catalyzed by the sprawl of the metropolis, in recent decades, the mural has become an increasingly commonplace feature in public spaces around the world. This increase in visibility has developed in tandem with an expansion of the art form in scope, subject matter, technique, and technology adoption.

Unlike painters in indoor studios, mural artists are exposed to the elements – weather, fluctuating light conditions, terrain, noise, and the public. Working in the public eye, both figuratively and literally, dictates the work that an artist makes. Some choose to make work that serves as tribute or decoration to a community. Some use the public platform to challenge public norms.

The process of executing a mural is different for every artist and is often inspired by their resourcefulness, with each individual project and surface presenting novel challenges.

The unassuming overwhelmingly encountered murals, with only the immediate setting to provide context. We digest art differently when we know we are in a museum or gallery; we prepare to expect it beyond every corner. But there is a certain mystery aspect to large-scale public outdoor murals–a sense of discovery, an invitation to wonder, a temptation to amazement. It is our hope that in sharing a glimpse into the processes behind the work, we may peek through the prismatic colors without unweaving the rainbow.


Events

Print Your Own Mural Tote!

Check out A2AC’s own mobile printmaking station, PedalPrints, and create your own mural-inspired tote bag. Inspired by the current gallery exhibition, Beyond the Pail: Mural making and the artistic process, this drop-in event is rain or shine.

August 19, 2022, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: A2AC Gallery
Fee: $10 Per Person

Mochas + Murals: Walking Mural Tour

Join the A2AC’s Lead Curator, Andrew Cohen, for a guided tour of Ann Arbor’s fantastic mural program. Gain behind-the-scenes knowledge of each artist’s process and mural concept. This lunchtime mural tour will begin promptly at noon. Coffee and pastries are provided by our friends at Zingerman’s Community of Businesses. Limited to 25 people.

September 16, 2022, from 12:00 PM to 1:15 PM
Location: A2AC Gallery
Fee: $5 Per Person

Mochas + Murals: Stroller Mural Tour

Join us for a stroller and family-friendly, interactive guided mural tour! Each child receives a crayon pack and a special mural booklet to enjoy at home. This walking tour is best for kids under 10 and their favorite adults. Coffee and pastries are provided by our friends at Zingerman’s Community of Businesses. Limited to 10 families.

September 18, 2022, from 10:00 AM to 10:45 AM
Location: A2AC Gallery
Fee: $5 Per Person | $10 Per Family

Mochas + Murals: Curator Talk and Artist Reception

Learn directly from exhibition curator Louise Jones and other artists about the mural process and how specific works went from idea to creation. Best for teens and adults, but artists of all ages are welcome! Coffee and pastries are provided by our friends at Zingerman’s Community of Businesses.

October 2nd, 2022, from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Location: A2AC Gallery
Fee: FREE


Artworks

Caledonia Curry / Swoon

Gemma and Dawn Red Variant
Linocut print and hand painting
$1,100 (Out of Stock)

Gaia

Flower Portrait 4
Mixed media on canvas
$3,100


Boy Kong

iPad printout for the mural (Orlando)
Paper printout of digital drawing
$300

Sketch for CottonOn
Ink on paper
$500

Sketch for Domu mural (Orlando)
Graphite on paper
$500

Sketch for the mural (Orlando)
Ink and colored pencil on paper
$600 (Out of Stock)


Mary Iverson

Blue and Red Grid
Acrylic on paper
$2,000

Blue Grid
Acrylic on paper
$2,000

Field Sketch of Picture Lake and Mount Shuksan
Print on metal
$850

Final Mural for MITM
Print on metal
$250

Viewfinder
Print on metal
$250


Tim Parsley

Untitled (Process Materials)
Inkjet print, plastic page protector, acrylic
$25

Taylor White

Clinc AI value study
Graphite, color pencil on paper
$1,200


OPENING RECEPTION PHOTOS


PRESS

“Art center in Ann Arbor to debut new mural making exhibition”

ANN ARBOR – The A2AC Gallery will present new exhibit “Beyond the Pail: Mural Making and the Artistic Process” from July 29-Oct. 8.

Curated by Louise Jones, aka Ouizi, the exhibition will examine how muralists address the challenges each project and surface presents.

-All About Ann Arbor


“Ann Arbor Art Center will showcase mural-making process with new exhibition

ANN ARBOR – The streets of Ann Arbor are filled with a variety of murals, but some community members may be left wondering how these large-scale pieces of artwork came to be.

The Ann Arbor Art Center’s A2AC Gallery is hoping to answer these questions through its new exhibition, Beyond the Pail: Mural Making and the Artistic Process.

-MLive


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