Beyond the Frame: Opens July 19th. Opening Reception, July 20th, from 6-9pm
Exhibit is open until September 2nd, at 5pm.
This latest exhibition aims to explore the point at which murals, often accepted forms of public art, intersect with street art (sometimes referred to as graffiti), which remains controversial in its practice and social significance.
Street art often has a reputation as part of a subculture that rebels against authority, although it can also express a political practice, and serves as just one tool in an array of resistance techniques.
Like some forms of street art, murals are often collaborative and collective art pieces, functioning to empower social bonding, an assertation of a community's presence in a certain space, and articulate a community's stance on local and global topics such as historical events and civil rights. Some murals have also been created in defiance to the law (like street art), as others have been commissioned by businesses or other patrons. It can be argued that public art of both categories can add aesthetic improvement to the daily lives of residents, and visitors to the community.
By virtue of being visually provocative or beautiful, public artworks may be easier magnets for community support and thereby effective political tools. For the communities it exists in, public art also provides access to beauty, creative work, and cultural pride.