Wall Paintings: Storytellers // Guest Curated by Robert Raczka

Jayla Patton, M.L. Walker, Ashley Cecil, Mike Budai, Genevieve Barbee-Turner, Jessica Heberle, Alphonso Sloan & Baron Batch, Ryder Henry, Renee Ickes, Nils Balls Hanczar, Ann Rosenthal & Lisa Rasmussen, and Paulette Poullet.

7/7/2017 - 9/3/2017

July 7 – September 3, 2017

Wall Paintings: Storytellers

Guest Curated by Robert Raczka

Gallery Crawl Friday, July 7 from 5:30 – 10 p.m.

On Friday, July 7 from 1:00 to 9 p.m., the gallery will be open to the public as 12 artists or collaborative teams will each create a large painting directly on the walls of the gallery. This will be a live art event with the artists working in the gallery throughout the day of the Gallery Crawl, with the gallery open to the public during the day, culminating in the evening reception during which the artists will be completing their paintings. The art will then remain on view for the duration of the exhibit.

“Wall Paintings: Storytellers” brings together a broad cross-section of artists whose work incorporates elements of narrative or storytelling. Acknowledging the attention and respect now regularly given to art forms that fall outside of the traditionally-defined fine arts, this exhibit brings together a broad range of Pittsburgh artists including those working in comics, illustration, and graphic design. The exhibition encourages artists to continue working in their current direction while pushing their boundaries, as each artist is assigned a large wall and invited to work at a scale of up to 12 x 12 feet, with the art itself being temporary and ephemeral–the artwork will be painted over at the end of the exhibition period. The artists are: Jayla Patton, M.L. Walker, Ashley Cecil, Mike Budai, Genevieve E. T. Barbee-Turner, Jessica Heberle, Alphonso Sloan & Baron Batch, Ryder Henry, Renee Ickes, Nils Balls Hanczar, Ann Rosenthal & Lisa Rasmussen, and Paulette Poullet. Unlike most exhibitions that invite artists to exhibit specific works, the artists in “Wall Paintings: Storytellers” were selected based on their past accomplishments and invited to produce a new painting at their discretion, considering only the broad parameters of the storytelling theme. This creates a considerable element of surprise–some might even say risk–for the curator and in many cases for the artists themselves who have not entirely mapped out what they plan to create.

This is the fourth in a series of live art exhibition-events that Robert Raczka has curated for SPACE including “Drawn in a Day” (2011), “Crowdsourced” (2013), and “Wall Paintings” (2015), building on a 20-year history of curating live art events, as well as more conventional exhibits,  initially developed during his tenure as director of Allegheny College Art Galleries. Concurrent with “Wall Paintings: Storytellers,” SPACE’s adjoining windowSPACE will present “Sincerely,” displaying Raczka’s collection of thrift store paintings amassed while organizing exhibits of found art for the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s 937 Liberty Gallery, Future Tenant Art Space, and other galleries.