INTERNATIONAL MURAL BY MAIL BLOG
INTERNATIONAL MURAL BY MAIL BLOG
Frans Phooko, our artist from Polokwane, Limpopo, South Africa is patiently waiting his first mural drawings from Portland. Emily Quintero, our Portland CoLab artist is exploring images of black leaders from both countries. Frans has participated in many mural painting projects in South Africa and we are excited to see what he comes up with.
We are delighted to see the murals from Sun Mu in person. They are so dynamic. John Teply, the Director, had a chuckle when he saw the missiles of North Korea and the US raining down on each other. He is interested in Sun's imagery of people in their last moments finding each other and having a last embrace or kiss. He is looking to explore the way that our culture is absorbed in electronic devices and that it would take an event like the one pictured to have them put down their devices. We hope to feature Sun Mu in our April exhibit so stay tuned. It will be fascinating to learn more about the North Korean defector.
Watch the trailer for the Documentary "I Am Sun Mu" https://sunmuart.com/documentary/
We are thrilled to have received the murals from Fabian Solymar from Venezuela. It is incredible to see his unique and beautiful abstract style take shape on the mural sized paper. Our Portland artists Robin Ator and John Teply began their work on the murals right away and I think it will be amazing to see. Here is a sneak peak. We hope to feature Fabian and Venezuela in our April exhibit so stay tuned. @dagor1
Nasantsengel Bayanjargal has started her murals and we are excited to receive them in the mail soon. They have had many Covid restrictions in Mongolia but she was finally able to get out to the post office. We are thankful. Stay tuned for more on our exchange with Nasantsengel.
We have rounded out the Global Arts Festival with his beautifully provocative and politically charged paintings of O. Yemi Tubi. He is influenced by the political and social upheaval of our world today and the works of the Renaissance artists. The theme of his works in general is "The Facts of Life: Roses and Thorns." Life is roses and thorns; sometimes it emanates sweet aroma of pleasantness and sometimes it pricks and causes pains. Don't miss our feature night on January 28 to celebrate O. Yemi and his native country, Nigeria. We will be featuring a screening of the fascinating film, "Yoruba Beyond Borders". And check out the beautiful flyer O. Yemi made to promote the festival. Get TICKETS!
As we all know, these are troubling times in our nation and politics. It is all the more relevant to bring these issues to light in a contemporary way. See how Aleytina Kakhidze from Ukraine has spoken out about political secrets. She is smart, humorous and thoughtful and will delight you with her video performance piece on display for the Global Arts Festival. Also come to the gallery to find out how we translated her mural into our own political statement. Get a ticket for March 18 to celebrate Aleytina and Ukraine.
Kaoru Shibuta abstract work is stunning. His work is based on the research of music and natural sounds which are then translated into visual explorations of the theory of synesthesia, or “joined perception.” This experience happens when one sense triggers another, such as seeing a shape when you taste something. Come see our final creations from our mural exchange with Kaoru in Japan. Join us to celebrate Japan and Kaoru on February 11 for our Global Arts Festival.
Arif Bahaduri has brought to life the struggles of his own people and those around the world with his thoughtful imagery. You don't want to miss seeing his final murals and inspiring original work now up at our gallery. We will celebrate Afghanistan with our upcoming Global Arts Festival on January 21. Please join us. #InternationalMuralByMail #Afghanistan
Maryann Loo, our artist from Singapore has poured her heart and soul into her final mural project. It is a fabulous
illustrated paper-cut animation called "All is Not Lost....Yet" and it brings together all the charming characters that have been created between the artists during the mural exchange. We think she should get an Academy Award. On the other end, our Portland artists have also put a tremendous amount of work into the Divine Comedy Penguin Installation. Come see both at the Gallery. We will celebrate PenquinGirl and the culture of Singapore on March 11, 2021 for the Global Arts Festival.
International Mural by Mail updates
This blog documents the exciting work in progress going on around the world for this international project!
We are currently closed to the public but will be reopening soon with exciting changes. Stay tuned for updated hours!
Elisabeth jones art center is located in the pearl district of downtown portland, oregon