Art doesn't stop. Even in the midst of a global pandemic, artists can work in isolation from home.
To that end, 16 artists from across the region have been commissioned to create a mural – painted in sections in each artist's home or studio – that will be displayed sometime after the Covid-19 crisis has subsided, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery announced Tuesday. The location of the finished work has yet to be determined.
The public art initiative has assembled small kits containing mural supplies from the museum's inventory, including pre-cut sections of primed material called Polytab, and high-pigment, UV-resistant acrylic paints. When painted with acrylics, Polytab can be attached to a wall using a clear acrylic gel, creating a resilient mural.
“When thinking about the collection of the Albright-Knox, we’re reminded that many of the museum’s cherished artworks were created in times of turmoil, upheaval or challenge,” said Aaron Ott, the gallery's curator of public art.
The artists participating in this project, "Works From Home," include Obsidian Bellis, Julia Bottoms, Tricia Butski, Fotini Galanes, Jay P Hawkins, Ashley Johnson, Jon Mirro, MJ Myers, Sarah Myers, Karle Norman, Omniprism, Chris Piontkowski, Jennifer Ryan, Jason Seeley, Rachel Shelton, and Adam Weekley.