August 1, 2015 – September 5, 2015
Contemporary Muralism in Context: Street Art, Public Art, and Graffiti
A Point of View exhibition curated by Dustin Spagnola
Opening Reception: August 7th, 5pm – 8pm
Curator’s Insight Discussion: September 3rd, 5pm – 7pm
The mural scene in the United States is as vast and stylistically diverse as the generations of artists, building owners and photographers who helped create and broadcast it. Contemporary Muralism in Context: Street Art, Public Art, and Graffiti looks at a cross section of that scene — one that begins here in Western North Carolina, stretches up and down the eastern seaboard and across the west coast.
“I want to tell a story about mural artists who live and work in Asheville, but who are often taking their work on the road,” says Point Of View curator Dustin Spagnola.
Each of the artists featured in Muralism: Public Art, Street Art and Graffiti in Context have called Asheville and Buncombe Co. home as they’ve steadily ventured into new territory. Some split time between WNC and Miami or Atlanta, while others make the most of Asheville locale with weeklong painting trips to nearby cities. The end result leaves Asheville dotted with bits and pieces of the cities that these men and women travel to: Miami, Atlanta, Charleston, Nashville, Boston, New York, San Diego, Los Angeles and San Francisco, among others. While these artists may represent only a portion of a much bigger scene, their collective impact is easily traceable, both in Asheville and the cities they’re traveling to.
“I hope people will be able to better understand the connection that Asheville, as an arts town, has with these cities,” Spagnola says. “These are major artists who take Asheville with them wherever they go, and bring back something new for us.”