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Anatomy of a Moment
This work was created by the artists looking inward and working with reduced resources due to the COVID-19 quarantines in spring/summer 2020.
Distancing from others and washing hands frequently made the artists aware of many tasks that were once freely executed by hands without much thought: Uniting, shaking, patting, holding, cleaning, pointing, receiving, handing, playing, balancing, thanking, reaching, hanging, caring, etc. Hands have gone from being a supporting role to a protagonist position in the ways we interact with and experience the world.
The lead artist, Artur Silva, photographed his friends’ hands performing various actions, as well as screenshots of films highlighting the role of hands in telling a story. He and the apprentice artist, Shaunte Lewis, drew from this source material when creating black-and-white and colored drawings of hands. The work was created collaboratively, with designs exchanged via email and assembled in digital space by Silva prior to being printed on vinyl and installed. This is the first digitally-created artwork in the Jiffy Lube mural program.
Artur Silva is a Brazilian-born artist currently living in Indianapolis and South Bend, Indiana. His practice consists in manipulating images collected from all facets of the media and from original photographs, reproducing them on canvas or combining them in digital prints, wall installations and videos, transforming and appropriating them to convey a particular set of ideas. He is a visiting assistant professor at Indiana University South Bend and an adjunct instructor at the Herron School of Art, IUPUI.
Shaunte Lewis is an Indianapolis-area artist and illustrator. Her work explores the relationship between feminism and the arts while incorporating bright colors and clean lines. She is particularly captivated by the endless facets and abstractness of her Black culture.
Anatomy of a Moment was created through a partnership between Jiffy Lube of Indiana and the Arts Council of Indianapolis. The partnership is an opportunity to showcase local artists, beautify commercial corridors with original public art murals, and encourage viewers through positive images while expressing the goals of Jiffy Lube’s programming: Growing People Through Work.
The ceiling of the pedestrian bridge at the Indianapolis International Airport is covered with a field of interactive illuminated dot lights that display several colors and exhibit a range of intelligent and playful behaviors, accompanied by sounds.
Quoted from: electroland.net/projects/connection/
As part of its ongoing rotation of public art for its Pennsylvania Street window facade, the Arts Council of Indianapolis identified artist Tam Hildreth for the digital reproduction of her artwork as a temporary, large-scale mural
Hildreth’s paintings in her Junonia series are inspired by the distinctive markings on butterflies of the Junonii genus, commonly known as “buckeye” or “pansy” butterflies. The markings resemble eyes and and function to discourage predators, who think they are seeing a larger, more threatening animal. Hildreth isolates and magnifies the eyespots, and renders each iridescent “cell” as a round dot of color similar to the Pointillist technique. Out of context, and at the mural scale, the paintings approach purely non-objective arrangements of form and color.
Learn more about the artist at http://www.tammiehildreth.com
Prime Commonality - U of Indy
The ancestral commonality between humans and chimpanzees is undeniable, with dramatic evidence exhibited in our chromosomal similarities. Prime Commonality is visually inspired by this high degree of correlation as shown in human and chimpanzee chromosomal banding patterns. The sculptures are internally lit and change colors to produce intense visual effects that take advantage of the physical interaction between colored light and translucent filters. The installation is sonically accompanied by a 14 channel surround sound art piece composed entirely of manipulated samples of both the human singing voice and chimpanzee vocalizations. Prime Commonality highlights both our similarities and differences with the shared natural world.
Each of the 2 pillars is approximately 10”W x 10”D x 7’H and is styled to represent human and chimpanzee chromosomal banding using panels of wood and translucent acrylic. Light emanates from within each pillar from internal LEDs. Each pillar also contains a stereo set of audio speakers, player, and amplifier, for a total of 14 independent channels of sound from which a sound art piece plays, composed of digitally manipulated samples of both the human singing voice and chimpanzees. The chimpanzees were recorded at the John Ball Zoo in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Viewers are engulfed in a stunning visual and aural experience as they are awash in vibrant, evolving color and sound from all directions.
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