Spring Street Studios to Get a “Splash” with Installation of 70 Foot by 10 Foot Mural “Wrap” on the Exterior of the Building

Jo-Carolyn Goode | 1/29/2016, 5:03 p.m.
The exterior of Spring Street Studios, a renovated warehouse that has become a center for creative practice in Houston, will ...

WHAT: The exterior of Spring Street Studios, a renovated warehouse that has become a center for creative practice in Houston, will be transformed on Tuesday, February 2, by Splash, a huge 70 foot by 10 foot mural. The brainchild of local artists Troy Stanley and Aaron Muñoz, the mural will reflect the creativity taking place within the warehouse.

Utilizing the feel of an ink splotch and drip, much like what is found on a studio floor, they will activate the building to bring a greater sense of depth to the surface. Clouds, gears, electronic boards, lace patterns, and deep space images will all seamlessly flow and undulate from one pattern to the next. The work will reveal the inner workings of the building while becoming a part of the abstract landscape of its urban surroundings.

The mural’s graphics are printed in sections on aluminum-based building wrap material with adhesive backing. This unique project and installation requires much more detailed planning than a traditional wrap placed on a building façade due to the intricacies of the work.

This Houston Arts Alliance project is made possible through the generosity of The Brown Foundation.

WHERE: Spring Street Studios, 1824 Spring Street

WHEN: 1 - 2 p.m., Tuesday, February 2

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Troy Stanley is a sculpture and mixed media artist currently living and working in Houston. Upon receiving his degree in sculpture from the University of Houston in 2005, Troy began his professional career with a solo exhibition at Lawndale Art Center in Houston. In 2007, he attended the prestigious residency at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine, and shortly after attended the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center Residency in Nebraska. He is the recipient of a Houston Arts Alliance Emerging Artist Grant and has been on the Short List for the international residency at Art PACE in San Antonio.

"My work typically explores the relationships in and around what is perceived as life, and what is perceived as objects. Working in constructivist and constructivism canon, I attempt to shift materials and objects towards a perceivable life-like essence. Vice-versa I reduce living things to that of a mere object or function. Through this I hope to create a situation that would influence the viewer to redefine their own mental constructs of their environment."

Aaron Muñoz was born in 1982 in Central Texas. He received his BFA from Texas State University in 2006. At that time his area of concentration was photography. During which in had a very strong interest in alternative photo process. He received his MFA at the University of Texas in San Antonio in 2010, where he turned his concentration to Painting/Screen printing. He has been in group shows, two-person shows, and solo exhibitions. Aaron has exhibited in Austin, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio, just to name a few cities in Texas. He has also shown internationally in Wels, Austria.

ABOUT HOUSTON ARTS ALLIANCE

Houston Arts Alliance (HAA) is a nonprofit, public-private initiative that invests in Houston’s arts and cultural sector, advances Houston’s reputation as an arts and culture destination, and works to elevate the quality of life for all Houstonians through arts and culture. As the city’s designated local arts agency, HAA provides programs and services for the arts and cultural sector and awards approximately 225 grants annually to nonprofit arts and cultural organizations and individual artists. The Alliance is the custodian of the city’s art collection; takes permanent and temporary art to Houston’s public spaces; presents free Folklife + Traditional Arts programming; nurtures up-and-coming arts organizations through its capacity building programs; connects the business community with the arts; convenes the field as necessary, and provides the latest information and research on cultural policy, economic development and Houston’s folklife.

HAA’s primary partner is the City of Houston. Approximately 55% of HAA’s budget comes from Hotel Occupancy Tax and 30% from the City of Houston’s Percent for Art Program, which supports commissions of new civic art projects as well as conservation of existing artworks. The remaining 15% of HAA’s budget comes from private fundraising (grants/contributions/other revenue) for programs and special projects. HAA is committed to raising funds for only those projects and initiatives that the Arts Alliance is uniquely positioned to provide the community. For more information, visit houstonartsalliance.com. For events in the region, visit Artshound.com.