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Local Artist to Unveil New Mural Series During Downstreet Art Thursday

07/22/2013

NORTH ADAMS, MASS. - On Thursday, July 25, as part of DownStreet Art, local artist Peter Dudek will unveil a series of murals throughout downtown North Adams. The mural series, entitled "House Dreaming (and then some)," includes five different images posted in various places throughout the downtown area.

The public is invited to attend a mural "crawl" on Thursday, July 25, which will be guided by Dudek. It will depart at 6:30 p.m. from MCLA Gallery 51, 51 Main Street.

Installed on walls on Main Street, near parking lots and on side streets, the murals - which are DownStreet Art's fourth public mural commission - create a back and forth, connect-the-dots type of experience for viewers that requires some backtracking to piece the series all together.

The images for the murals were selected from a series of digital collages Dudek made over the past decade. He considers them to be architectural cartoons.

According to Dudek, they represent a world - perhaps ours - in which buildings not only have a consciousness, but also the desire and ability to self-perpetuate. He explains, "Although placed in separate locations, the murals will not be far from each other. Thus, allowing one image to be seen shortly after the other. And, since they share imagery, a kind of double-take or déjà vu is experienced by the viewer."

To create the murals, Dudek scanned images from different sources and pieced them together in Adobe Photoshop. The digital files then were sent to a commercial sign company, which prints the images on metal panels. The panels will be mounted onto building walls.

All of the murals will be up for at least one year before being auctioned off, with proceeds going to a not-for-profit organization.

Dudek was born and raised in Adams, Mass. He studied in New York City at the School of Visual Arts and Hunter College. He now teaches at both schools and also oversees the cultural programming at Bascom Lodge atop Mount Greylock.

For a downloadable image, please visit: http://flic.kr/p/fcu8vx.

For more information, please visit www.downstreetart.org or www.peterdudek.com. Dudek may be reached at 917-568-3712.