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.
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.
List of activities
Jessica Lynn Williams
Jessica’s sample space
throwing clay on the Avenue with Amy Korb
Kimera fashion walk
water tower art
Jessica Lynn Williams Interior
Standard Spirits Distillery
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.
My Frida Kahlo portrait series celebrates this artist, her daring energy, her cultural authenticity and yet individuality, standing up as a female. I see Frida as today’s Mona Lisa. This piece depicts the stare, pride and fascination of the contemporary Mexican artist.
This expressionist painting is 60″‘x 42″, canvas, acrylic and enamel paint, German expressionism with a touch of pop art.
This Frida portrait “Frida La Reina” is my most representative rendering of her determined energy, her strength and centeredness.
Uta Brauser‘s “Selfie Cult,” a three paneled mural challenges the idea of an
individual’s independence in the digital age. Not only for viewing, the mural will also provide backdrops for
public participation to use the mural to enhance their own selfies.
Uta, a renowned, German multidisciplinary street artist describes selfies as “a record to share our moments and online diaries in the social media arena.” The “Selfie Cult” concept reflects the current,viral sensation culture of the moment, documenting personal style with self reference and possibly a touch of narcissism.
Each panel opens its own dialogue about common Western attitudes and social media. The first panel,
‘ME,’ depicts Frida Kahloan original “selfie queen”, feminist, surrealist self portrait artist who reflects the
“me, me, me’ culture that today’s social media promotes. The second panel, ‘CONNECT’, displays
smartphones connected as an eternity knot symbol to represent how society is now ‘eternally connected’ to
and dependent on cell phones and the cyber world. The final panel, ‘SWALLOW’, presents a gigantic phone
with a mouth that appears ready to devour whomever stands in front of it and illustrates how technology may
eventually “swallow” its consumer.
Selfie Cult at Rivington Wall will launch between 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm on Thursday, September 17th.
Engaging activities will continue through late October to encourage bypassers to take fun selfies. Additional
details are available at http://www.CreativeCNTRL.com.
Rivington Wall is managed by the popup shop space company Parasol Projects. This collaboration is
curated and activated by the Cultural Engineers at Creative CNTRL.