Earlier this year we featured The Unexpected 2016, an art curation by our friends from JUSTKIDS. Well, only recently they’ve closed their third edition of The Unexpected, which happened from July 23-30 in Fort Smith, Arkansas.
JUSTKIDS owner and curator Charlotte Dutoit said in a statement how the challenging yet game-changing feat came to be. “We were interested in putting together more interdisciplinary projects that would get viewers to revisit some of the historic landmarks in Fort Smith, discover hidden gems of the Downtown and participate in the creative process,” she said. “We give the artists an opportunity to express themselves in an unlikely environment while building a beneficial cultural capital where it’s needed. Right in the heart of America.”
In addition to last year’s showcase, new artworks by Doze Green, Circus Family, AEC of Interesni Kazki, Saner, Crystal Wagner, Felipe Pantone, UAFS Students, and Lakwena have added to the beauty and unconventional street art gracing the downtown area of the second-largest city in Arkansas.
Doze Green‘s “The Divine Sparks Project” opened July 22, combined muralism, animation, and light and sound installations, which the New York artist created in a span of about 5 weeks.
Lakwena Maciver from London created the “Still I Rise” 360-degree mural, featuring inspiration from one of Maya Angelou’s poems (incidentally, the late Angelou spent her childhood in Arkansas). Lakwena got amazing support from the local community, with a monumental visit from Arkansas governor Asa Hutchinson on June 28th.
Felipe Pantone, a Spanish/Argentenian artist, made “Multistabilitas,” a free-standing sculpture that also doubled as a skate park. He collaborated with local riders from Boardertown Skate Shop, and the ramps are now open for public use.
Crystal Wagner from Pennsylvania created “Lithotroph” which turns out to be one of her biggest public installations to date, literally rapped around the remaining facade of the Reynolds Davis building, a historical location in Fort Smith.
Circus Family, an audiovisual collective from Amsterdam, created an amazingly mesmerizing light installation called “Triph,” which was commissioned to be reprogrammed and adapted to a former neon sign maker shop within the Fort Smith downtown area.
Saner, a Mexican muralist, collaborated with Ukrainian oneiric decoder AEC of Interesni Kazki. Their gigantic collaborative mural is all about multiculturalism, and is something best seen instead of described.
Ana María, one of our fav Puerto Rican artists, now resides in Fort Smith, and created a solo exhibition called “Feral Kingdom.”
For more information:
- The Unexpected – UnexpectedFS.com / Facebook / Instagram
- JUSTKIDS – justkidsofficial.com / Facebook / Instagram
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