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STREETART@SLU

April 29 - June 4, 2016

 

 

The hallway exhibition by students at SLU is made up of two components.  The first, Pegatinas Politícas, is based on a series of four framed political stickers from Spain that were part of Laurel Hurd’s summer 2015 research fellowship project.  She selected over 90 stickers from gallery director Catherine Tedford’s collection and catalogued them for a new website called the People’s History Archive.  Cataloguing consisted of writing “metadata” (data about data) for fields such as Title, Title-Translation, Description, Source, Geographic Location, and Date.  The website, designed by SLU Director of Digital Initiatives Eric Williams-Bergen, was set up so that the stickers automatically map geographically to different regions in Spain and also appear on a timeline.  Laurel then developed four mini-online exhibits based on themes of the Catalan Independence Movement, Feminism in Democratic Spain, Spain’s Energy and the Environment, and Trade Unions during Spain’s Economic Crisis.  Special thanks to Steven White in Modern Languages for his assistance acquiring environmental stickers for this project.

The second component of the hallway exhibition features work done by students in Catherine Tedford’s new course on Street Art offered last fall.  At the beginning of the semester, each student was asked to come up with his or her own street name and accompanying visual image that would function as a personal avatar or tag.  Rebecca Clayman began the semester with “Petrochor” due to her love of the desert but ultimately chose Royal Heart as her street name (check out her artist statement for the reason why!).  Sarah Churbuck loves everything related to the ocean and chose “Miss Phiddler,” also referencing the band Phish.  Samiya Haque chose “Squitch” and made several fanciful and colorful designs to go with it.  Kiowere (Ray) Rourke’s name in his native Mohawk language means “Distant Thunder,” and his artist’s statement explains the story behind it.  The street names and avatars are wheatpasted onto the homosote board near the entrance to the main galleries.

Other assignments in the Street Art class focused on learning various media (wheatpasting, stencils, silkscreen printing, Adobe Photoshop, stickers), and on concepts such as culture jamming and appropriation.  Everyone created “Obey bootleg” stickers based on Shepard Fairey’s iconic original “Andre the Giant Has A Posse.”  For the final, each student could choose which media and concepts to employ but everyone had to work off of a 4x8-foot piece of AC plywood.

A reception for the artists is scheduled for Friday, April 29, at 5:00 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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