"David Guinn: Before the Wall, Mural Sketches and Designs"
Arcadia Exhibitions Presents
"David Guin: Before the Wall"
October 10 –January 8, 2016
About the Exhibition
The Arcadia University Exhibitions Program is pleased to present “David Guinn: Before the Wall, Mural Sketches and Designs” on view in the Great Room Lobby of the University Commons from Oct. 10, 2016 to Jan. 8, 2017.This exhibition focuses on paintings and drawings on paper created by David Guinn in the preparatory stages of his mural production. A native of Philadelphia, Guinn has painted 40 murals in cities worldwide, including Amman, Jordan; Montréal, Québec; New York; Washington, D.C.; and Chicago. Guinn is represented by projects in almost every neighborhood in Philadelphia, including his most recent, Electric Street (2016), a mural incorporating programmable lighting at 9th and Wharton Streets.
David Guinn, "Sketch for Garden of Delight" (2010), Sartain and Locust Streets, Philadelphia.
Drawn from eight murals undertaken by Guinn in Philadelphia between 1999 and 2016, these sketches and designs are presented together in this exhibition for the first time as a means of examining the process the artist undertakes in developing these distinctive public works. The projects represented in the show include: Crystal Snowscape (1999), at 629 S. 10th Street; Gimme Shelter (2004), at the Morris Animal Refuge, 1242 Lombard Street; Fairmount (2010), on the exterior of The Bishop’s Collar, 2349 Fairmount Avenue (in collaboration with Phillip Adams); Garden of Delight (2010), behind a community garden at Sartain and Locust streets; Be Kind to Animals (2012), at 22nd and Dauphin streets; Autumn Revisited (2012), on the exterior of the Fleisher Art Memorial, at 719 Catharine Street; Growth and Change (2014), 4th and Manton Streets; and Wissahickon Station (2016), 5100 Rochelle Avenue.
From the Artist
I approach my work as a painter would a canvas. . .I do a lot of research on the site and on the neighborhood so that what I propose resonates with the people who will live with the mural.
In the News
Guinn’s work has been noted in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, and on WHYY TV, Philadelphia.
—Arcadia University News