Frida and Diego mural

To complete the Frida Kahlo theme and collection I wanted to paint a few portraits or scenes where Frida and Diego are together.

They needed each other and regardless of the tumultuous relationship could not do without each other.

This large painting is on an art truck, (“acrylic on truck”), often parked in Williamsburg BK on Bedford Avenue on the North Side.

I chose the Industry mural theme for Diego as the backdrop because as a communist he stood up for the people, worker rights, and he appreciated the development of the job industry even though he struggled with the capitalist market aspect. The DIA Detroit Institute of Art director did have major objections when Diego painted the factory workers on theses fresco murals, glorifying the work force.

I also  love that the Diego mural represents the world’s first car assembly line built and designed in Detroit, Edsel and Henry Ford.

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Frida and Diego in Detroit
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the couple
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standing in front of Diego Rivera’s Industry mural, Detroit
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Diego mural detail
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Diego mural Henry Ford first assembly line
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workers at the Henry Ford plant
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work in progress
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Diego face detail

Design Walk Atlantic Ave

Design Walk is a curated event and showcase, a collaborative effort between Uta Brauser and Design related businesses on Atlantic Avenue in the district of the Atlantic Avenue BID.

The event is produced by the Atlantic Ave BID,  May 7 3pm – 8pm, creating pedestrian plazas in the public space with exciting activities allowing people of all ages to EXPERIENCE design and artisan techniques in process.

This event is endorsed by the NYC department of Cultural affairs, DOT, NYCGO.com, NYCxDesign, in the business corridor of the Atlantic Avenue Business Improvement District.

 

Recent murals

If truck, van or murals, I enjoy painting in a larger scale. It corresponds to a body movement, a physical expression, fun with larger lines involving the whole body.

Sept 2015, Rivington Wall, Parasol Projects: “selfie cult“, with activations organized by TeamCNTRL,  september: selfie night with music by RhythmLounge, on oct 22: Silent Disco, NYC social  and Bruce Cost Ginger Ale.

This year 2015 I organized the Morgan Walls in Bushwick, on Morgan Ave and Harrison Place, next to the L train Morgan exit, for the non profit Arts in Action. The project offered wall space with curated themes for 20 artists each series. On Instagram:  #morganwalls #artsinactionbushwick

April 2015,Females, Morgan Walls: The first series April through July had 20 artists examine women, portrayal or desire of the female image. Also seeking out female muralists and artists.

My mural was a surrealistic portrait of Michelle Obama.

July 26/27 2015 “selfies the new pop art?Morgan Walls. August through November, brought many expressions or illustrations about the selfie culture to the walls.

I chose Frida Kahlo, the real Queen of selfies, as my contribution to the theme.  This mural is still up, today Nov 3.

The Morgan Walls rotate art every 4 months, if the wall space remains available.

Paint the Car

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participatory community art project

Durational Interactive Events in Communities

Stemming from the desire to grow a venue, recurring cultural event  in the public space  involving artists and skilled artisans in the community, Uta founded the Artist Market in 2009.

Redesigning the use of public space, building a creative scene, forum for pluralistic and innovative expression, radiate the light of cultural activity into the surrounding community, the CREATIVE GROVE artist & designer market shows the effects of durational activity with art in a community.

The structure of the event combines

  • a music tent for the deejay and live musicians,
  • a small stage for performers or simply an open area for performances,
  • artists and makers with their stalls as a market place,
  • installations,
  • an outdoor seating lounge and
  • food vendors

The essential element of the recurrence is the steady reliable  rhythm throughout the year, similar to the heart beat, bringing oxygen to the cells, in this case to the community.

The Creative Grove artist & designer market was organized by Uta Brauser, Arts in Action with  Laura Dejean, a team of contributing deejays, performers and organizers, volunteers.

The location was at the downtown Jersey City plaza next to the Grove Street PATH station with the closed off portion of Newark Avenue between Christopher Columbus Drive and Grove Street.

The event website is http://www.creativegrove.net,  it took place  weekly on fridays from 3 -9 pm, 2009 – 2013, in 2014 the events had a monthly rhythm, ending  on Sept 19 2014.

Paint the Fridge: Art in Public Spaces

The art fridge offers a canvas in the Urban landscape, to paint the town, paint the visual cityscape for the day, leave unforgettable memories for participants and passersby.

Uta Brauser has been bringing participatory paint projects to the outdoor Artist market CREATIVE GROVE in Jersey Cityfrom 2011 till 2014.

Already in possession of refrigerators for an installation in 2011, a refrigerator presented itself as the perfect item to form a 4 sided, solid standing, windproof “canvas” for anyone to work on simultaneously. A great object for multiple inclusion, for a participatory art project.

The refrigerator is primed white every time again, washable paint made available for the general public to use and indulge.