A Printed Monument — Art of the Screen Printed Mural

A Printed Monument — Art of the Screen Printed Mural


Art in our landscape changes that landscape and makes us see the world in a different way For this spring break through you can expect to be making a large-scale mural using screen printing. We’ll be printing in the Smith warehouse Print Studio and then we’ll be taking that material over to the Rubenstein Art Center and positioning it on this very prominent wall in the building and it’ll be up for probably about six months. You know, your work is gonna be seen by not just your fellow students, but by the broader community. So from day one, you’ll see the process and then the first day and into the second day, we can start to make the pieces that you want to make. What would it mean to have a monument to the future? One that is trying to envision how we want the Duke community and what we want the arts to be. There will be a lot of repetition and building of imagery through repetition and once we’ve got those— that sort of library of images, By changing color and by manipulation of the images, we can create a really dynamic and exciting mural. We’re going to be highlighting process. What are the choices that you’re making with the imagery you’re creating? The kinds of references you employ, the message you send and construct, really have a lot at stake in terms of how the public sees a particular community — sees it as inclusive or exclusive and I think we have a great opportunity and a significant responsibility in this moment to think about how images matter – right – and the choices that you make in the combinations you can put together will have some lasting and very public impact. We hope that you’ll step back from this mural and feel proud. You’ll come away with a much richer understanding of how you move from being a consumer of images to a maker and I hope you’d be inspired to make more art. I’m Bill Fick and I’m Mark Olson and this is our Spring Break through!

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