Art at Uptown

Don’t Miss GLOW FLOAT DRONE, The Art of Craig Colorusso: A Pop-Up Exhibit December 14-17!

“Dapper” Murals

“Dapper” by Steven Adair, 2017.

Artist Steve Adair’s mural “Dapper” appears on the north end of our property.  Adair’s paintings draw inspiration from images of the past. The murals are part of a series called “Dapper,” works that are inspired by film stills, magazine ads, and family snaphots from the 1950s.

“I want the viewer to approach these works as they would a wall covered in grafitti, or an old weathered billboard, where the layers or different paint and texture create a history within the artwork,” said Adair.

About the Artist:

Steve Adair is a visual artist living and working in Rogers, Arkansas. He is a graduate of Arkansas State University where he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting and Art Education. His work has been exhibited on numerous occasions throughout Arkansas, Texas, Illinois, and Colorado. In addition to exhibiting, Steve Adair is an art educator, teaching elementary and middle school art.

Artist Steve Adair and a painting of a woman superimposed with a vintage exit sign

Steve Adair and a recent painting

Artist’s Statement: As a visual artist, I’m very drawn to researching source imagery for my paintings. My figure paintings are inspired by various images from 1950’s culture, often being painted in a manner that portrays the subject matter in a state of decay. I like the idea of presenting these subjects as tarnish relics, with paint splattering their faces, blurred paint, and other paint blocking the original imagery. I want the viewer to approach these works as they would a wall covered in graffiti, or an old weathered billboard- where the layers of different paint and texture create a history within the artwork. Parallel to my studio practice, I spend many hours searching for source materials, which often times range from film stills, magazine ads, or family snap-shots. Collecting these images is a passion in itself, and it adds fuel to the painting process for me.

Sound Swings

Woman swinging on a modern swing

Sound Swings at Uptown by Craig Colorusso, 2017. Fabricated by Modus Shop.

Sound Swings at Uptown, the work of Craig Colorusso, is near the community garden and entrance to Mud Creek Trail. Sound Swings is an interactive set of swings – sized for adults – that play music. Each swing operates independently with its own section of the composition triggered by a participant. The music is made by an electric guitar; the lightness of the sound is designed to enhance the feeling of flight. From start to finish, the composition is 62,439 days long and the permutations are endless. Construction begins later this winter.

About the artist: Craig Colorusso was born in 1970 in Mount Vernon, NY.  With a guitar and some inspiration from the Punk Rock movement of the 1980’s he began to write his own music.  By the 1990’s he was in touring bands and started his own record company. After touring the United States tirelessly Colorusso found himself in one too many bars.  His music began to expand and incorporate composition and improvisation.  He began to play bass clarinet and clarinet.  This expansion caused his music to evolve, resulting in the pieces Tagmusik (24 hour performance in Bethel CT) and Maschine (a composition for instruments and off-set printing presses.)  Slowly, these explorations extended beyond music and investigated light and sculpture. His works MB 89, CUBEMUSIC, and Sun Boxes have toured the US and have been exhibited in Northwest Arkansas.

Craig Colorusso portrait by Kevin Belli

Craig Colorusso

Artist’s Statement: I have always been fascinated by the way light and sound alter the way we perceive time and space. We organize all experiences in these terms. The motivation behind my musical compositions and installations over the past several years has been the exploration of the conventions that determine the way we experience time and space, and thereby our world. Through my work I’ve come to appreciate light as much as sound. Most of my pieces explore this connection. These pieces seek to expose such conventions by giving the listener the chance to become familiar with unfamiliar tonalities and rhythms, as well as to register the divorce of space and sound made possible by contemporary audio technology. I am also fascinated by time and my desire to slow it down. I like things that glow, float and drone.

Uptown Quilt

Mural of quilt blocks

“Uptown Quilt” mural by Olivia Trimble, 2016.

The first public artwork at Uptown is a large-scale mural by Olivia Trimble. A prolific signpainter, Trimble turned her paintbrushes toward non-commercial creative work a few years ago with The Quilt Square Project, a series of larger-than-life quilt squares in public spaces. These installations are inspired by traditional quilt patterns presented in a fresh modern palette. Trimble’s work was featured on the cover of Arkansas Made magazine, and she recently demonstrated her work at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in support of the American Made exhibition. In addition to creating art and custom handpainted signs, she is also a curator of the Cattywampus Co-op, a local group of makers who produce craft shows.

Olivia Trimble and her two daughters

Olivia Trimble and her daughters. Photo by Kassy Miller

“As a sign painter, my passion lies in improving the urban landscape,” Trimble said. “My vision for Uptown Quilt is that it will be an interactive piece of art. This piece engages visitors from the trail system as well as the people who live at Uptown, and the pattern evokes the kind of feelings that so many of us had while wrapped up in quilts when we were children.”

Uptown Quilt appears on the north face of Garage C, a surface 44 feet long and 11 feet tall near the bike/pedestrian trail access and community garden.

 

Effect

Lee Porter

“Effect” is a Utility Box Painting By Lee Porter.

Lee Porter lives in Fayetteville, Arkansas where she works for the City of Fayetteville as an Urban Forester. Lee studied Landscape Architecture at the University of Arkansas, is a Certified Arborist and a LEED Green Associate. In her free time she paints storm drains and electric boxes because believes everyone deserves to see aesthetic beauty as part of their everyday urban life; whether it be through trees and landscape or mural art.

‘Effect’ is an attempt to combine two visually soothing elements: a faded blue background and floating yellow circles. The blue and yellow contrast is engaging while the fading of the background and floating of the circles draw the eye away from the box and onto the Uptown site.