Make Shift is an ongoing series of public art installations—by collaborative artists Los Dos—where characters based on everyday people are painted and pasted on walls throughout the city landscape, activating creative place making. The characters are inspired by “gráfica popular” and are presented in a larger than life format, interacting and overcoming their surroundings. Make Shift is a proposal to open the exhibition space and also to connect popular culture and the world of fine art in a new way.
The unveiling of the project will be held at The Station Urban Offices on August 27th (6 pm – 10 pm) during the Last Thursdays Downtown Art Walk, and will include photography of each of the murals and a series of illustrations documenting the art process as well as the people of the El Paso/ Juarez region. Attendants will be directed to the murals through printed maps which will be available at the local museum, shops as well as social media.
The street interventions will include a pasted id-tag with the artist name, title, media and date, as well as a short description of the project and a list of sponsors. The exhibit will be at the Station Urban Offices (500 W Overland Ave #250) from August 27 to September 18, and will then be shown in Cd. Juarez at the Juarez Contemporary Gallery ( Calle 20 de Noviembre 4305, Colonia El Colegio) October 1 to December 20, with addition works and installations. At the end of exhibitions, the photographs of the work will be donated to public art institutions.
Made possible with the support of El Paso MCAD, Amor Por Juarez, El Paso Community Foundation, LGA Trucking, MTI Ready Mix, Lowe’s Home Improvement, Vanessa Quintana, Cimi at Kalavera Studio, Ian Escalante Insurance Agency Inc.,Salom Investments, Destination El Paso, Tovar Printing and the Art & Framing Gallery.
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Photos: Andrew Joseph.