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 owners of this building at the corner of 62nd St. and Allisonville Rd collaborated with the nonprofit organization ArtMix to design and install this mural. They have been supporters and contributors to ArtMix for many years. The mural is a digital scan of a smaller ceramic artwork created by participants in ArtMix’s Urban Artisans program. It was installed in September, 2021.
ArtMix’s mission is to transform the lives of people with disabilities through the creation of art. It is a statewide organization that emphasizes the abilities and accomplishments of people with disabilities as a way to change public perceptions and raise public awareness.
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/
Entrepreneurs Awakening: The Making of a Legacy
This mural highlights the legacy of legendary Indianapolis hair-care entrepreneur Madam CJ Walker. “When I first started the concept, I asked myself what Madam C.J. Walker meant to me, as a black woman born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana,” said the artist, Tasha Beckwith.
Beckwith designed the mural to show historical facts and images of Madam Walker’s legacy along with figures of contemporary Black women, inspiring them – and men and women of all backgrounds – to follow their dreams as Walker did and become their generation’s own Madam CJ Walker. Beckwith also artfully scattered quotes throughout the mural in Madam Walker’s own words.
Tasha Beckwith is an Indianapolis-based visual artist. She studied painting and drawing at the Herron School of Art & Design, IUPUI, but honed her skills in graphic design and digital art on her own. Her portrait-based work combines expressionism, realism, and surrealism and she cites science fiction, fantasy, and Afrocentric themes as her inspirations. Recent work includes billboards encouraging participation in the 2020 census, participation in an artistic campaign encouraging people to #MaskUpIndy, and the neighborhood history mural inside the brand-new Martindale-Brightwood branch of the Indianapolis Public Library. Beckwith works in a variety of media including digital design, oil painting, and resin.
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.
“rise up,” by artist Liz Wierzbicki, conveys the idea of the sun rising on a new day through a progression of personal pronouns.
Liz Wierzbicki is a printmaker, performance artist and video artist, and is a co-founder and the current Program Director of Cat Head Press Printshop and Artist Collaborative.
Learn more about Wierzbicki here.
2020 – 2021 | Phoenix: Exhaled | Abdul-Shaheed Aaron & Adreia Hawkins
Read an interview with artist Abdul Shaheed-Aaron here.
Phoenix (Exhaled) centers on a real, of-our-time Black woman who is both emblematic and individual at the same time. The complex and layered imagery brings in a local focus with its images of Indianapolis in the background, and includes a visual reference to Maya Angelou’s “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.” The artists wanted to show one “one woman’s escape from her cage and how, once freed, she takes the instrument used to cage her to enjoy her freedom.”
2018 – 2020 | Moon Sisters | Tasha Beckwith
Moon Sisters uses an Afrofuturist aesthetic to explore the universal feminine through a stunning combination of patterns, colors, and figuration.
2016 – 2018 | Junonia ACI | Tam Hildreth
Hildreth’s paintings in her “Junonia” series are inspired by the distinctive eyespot markings on butterflies of the genus Junonii, commonly known as buckeye or pansy butterflies. Hildreth isolates and magnifies the eyespots, and renders each iridescent “cell” as a round dot of color.
2014 – 2016 | 3 Drawings | Jessica Hancock
Hancock’s meticulous pen and ink drawings take medieval graphic patterning, with its attention to mathematics and the religious significance of number recurrences, to the next level of intricacy.
2012 – 2014 | Mountain, House of Breath and Straw, Shell | Susan Hodgin
Hodgin’s later abstracted landscape-based paintings, of which these are three, were influenced by her understanding of the sublime – finding beauty in fear.
2011 | Mud and Twigs, Branch Weaver, Stilled Stream | Wug Laku
Through the manipulation of traditional landscape photography, Laku created three dynamic images that challenged the viewer to explore new shapes and patterns.
2010 | Patterns in Flight Triptych | Rachel Steely
Steely’s Patterns in Flight series is about the journeys of both butterflies and herself. The oil on canvas series reflects on the artist’s thoughts on time, refined beauty, and overcoming struggles. It contains a variety of butterfly species: painted ladies, a blue morpho, malachites, a citrus swallowtail, postmans, a variable cracker and a zebra longwing.
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