The names of the artists who will produce 5 new murals in downtown Janesville and fill the sidewalks with chalk art during September’s annual Art Infusion event have been released.
The Janesville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Art Infusion Mural Committee announced Thursday the names of the artists who will produce 5 new outdoor murals and sidewalk chalk art during Art Infusion, which is set for Friday through Sunday. September 9-11.
The theme of this year’s Art Infusion event is “Find Your Adventure in Janesville, Wisconsin’s Great Outside.”
According to a release, 5 mural artists were selected through a jury process managed by professional artist and mural expert Katie Stensberg.
Stensberg called it a “very exciting process this year with over 100 muralist applications submitted that included representation from four countries and 20 states. Most were extremely talented, which made the process of narrowing it down very difficult.”
The muralists will begin work on their designs on Friday, September 9 and hope to have them finished by Sunday, September 11, weather permitting. Spectators are invited to see the art as it is being created and will have the opportunity to interact with the artists. Locals can also follow the progress on the Art Infusion Facebook and Instagram pages.
Meanwhile, sidewalk artists will compete for cash prizes on Saturday, September 10 and Sunday, September 11 at Firehouse Park in downtown Janesville. The winners will be announced on Sunday at 15:30. Crayon artists of all skill levels, including children ages 10 and up and adults, are all invited to join the competition or draw for fun.
This year’s featured artists include:
Roque, a returning Art Infusion participant, will produce a mural in the back of Hodge Podge Place, 14 S Water St.
Roque is a Cuban-American visual artist from Miami, Florida, with a bachelor’s degree in visual arts from Florida International University.
“Growing up in the infamous inner city of Carol City with a passion for the concepts of birth, death, renewal and social struggles, his influences range from the old masters to the younger ones such as Caravaggio, Marc Rothko, Typoe and Gianni Versace.” said in an announcement.
“Roque’s achievements include working with rapper Denzel Curry, collaborating with major brands such as Samsung, Becks, Seagram’s Gin and Ultra Music Festival, and performing alongside artists such as The London Police, David Detuna and John ‘CRASH’ Matos,” publication continued.
As part of Art Infusion 2021, Roque created a 100-foot-long mural known as “River of Life.” With a flowing river of animals and flowers, it is on the River Street side of Rock River Charter School, 31 W Milwaukee St.
Balsley, an illustrator who lives in Madison with her daughter and husband, will produce a mural at St. John’s School. Mary 313 E. Wall St.
Her work includes books and editorial illustrations, games and puzzles, posters, maps and murals. “Her stylized approach is colorful and bold, with a touch of whimsy – and her hand-lettered, character-driven illustrations just flow happily,” a release said.
As part of Art Infusion 2021, Emily created the installation known as My Pet Park, a temporary, pet-themed, family-friendly interactive art show. It featured several wall panels with bright and colorful images of everyone’s favorite pets and other animals.
Delfin, of Mexico City, will produce a mural at the Aramark building, 310 W Centerway St.
From a young age, Delfin “found in painting and drawing a magical way to create the world and its stories, always finding infinite aspects of beauty,” the release said. “Growing up in a country where art and culture have always played a fundamental role, Paola understood the importance of involving society in the artistic process and making it available to every audience. Inevitably (she) found in public art the perfect way to do that.”
Delfin’s work “explores different aspects of the human essence, inviting everyone to reflect on the importance of the connection between the world around us and us, our soul and body, and our roots, and above all to help us remember that we are all connected. “, the announcement states.
She has created murals around the world, including the United States, Mexico, Cuba, Spain, Japan, Poland and Austria.
Malt, of Detroit, will produce a mural at Velocity Motor Sports, 115 N Jackson St.
Malt is a self-taught artist who works in both aerosol and acrylic painting techniques, exploring themes of nature “through a wide range of works,” according to the release.
“From large-scale murals and installations to intimate studio work, he focuses on the confrontations presented by nature—life/death, growth/decay, strength/weakness,” the publication continued, noting that his artistic career “it started with his passion for skateboarding. , graffiti and music.”
“Influenced by the bold lines of graffiti and skateboard graphics, he reimagines natural landscapes and the characters that inhabit them, building from bold backgrounds to create otherworldly scenes.”
Silva, of South Bend, Indiana, will produce a mural at Genisa Wine Bar, 11 N Main St.
“Chris’ creative pursuits are firmly rooted in Chicago’s urban culture,” the release said, noting that he “was a pioneering figure in Chicago’s early graffiti and skateboarding scenes, and has since continued to play an important role in the development of what it is now. commonly referred to as ‘street art’”.
He divides his time between working on large-scale commissions, producing gallery-oriented work and leading community-based public art projects.
And “as an independent sound artist rooted in DJ culture, he produces music under the moniker Lavish Catastrophe River, using the languages of visual art and sound because he was drawn to their poetic, therapeutic and transformative potential.” said the release.
“Chris aims to create visual work that is primarily felt intuitively, the same way music is experienced.”
Leigh Alfredson, of Madison, is a chalk artist featured on Art Infusion. She will be producing chalk art on the sidewalk at Firehouse Park, 113 N Main St.
Alfredson has a degree in graphic design and is a professional street painter in the Orlando, Florida area. She has been street painting and teaching this art form for over 25 years.
She travels throughout the United States, Curacao and Italy to paint and helps non-profit organizations and groups organize street painting events as fundraisers.