Saturday, July 28, 2012
BIGart 2012: Temporary Exhibit at Navy Pier [ChiTown - by Gajin Fujita]
ChiTown - by Gajin Fujita
2012 / 15 x 120 ft
Spray paint mural on concrete
One of the murals as part of.. BIGart at Navy Pier
Temporary Exhibit: May to October 2012.
Location: Grand Avenue viaduct wall under the Lake Shore Drive.
For the other sculptures and murals, click here..
Fujita uses Chicagoans' passion for their favourite sports team as a way to delibrately draw people into the art. Here's mural details from one left to right..
It reads..Art can imitate life in unexpected ways with stunning results. Mural artist Gajit Fujita, Japanese American and native of Los Angeles, used dozens of spray paint cans and inspiration from graffiti to create this bold ChiTown for the BIGart Exhibition at Navy Pier, here at the Grand Avenue viaduct wall under the Lake Shore Drive.
Fajita never knows what the final work will look like until it's done. He works from a rough idea that evolves as he works on the piece. Chitown is a work that combines Fujita's style [a mixture of traditional Japanese imagery, pop culture and contemporary graffiti art] and his passion to connect art to people experiencing it. Fujita does that and more in ChiTown by using all Chicagoans' passion for their favourite sports team as a way to delibrately draw people into the art.
"I've never worked on anything that long of a scale", Fujita said, "I'd like to conquer that , be midfuil to make the people of Chicago interested and happy about art. I like to reference things from my heritage and fuse them together. "
Curatot Dave Hickey is excited to bring all the works of BIGart to the extraordinary setting of Navy Pier. "It's an opportunity to display public art and expand the whole idea of what you can put outdoors", Hickey said.
ChiTown is a part of BIGart at Navy Pier. BIGart is a free public celebration of the outdoor art.
BIGart 2012 at Navy Pier.. click here..