Mark Making Installing “FACE To FACE,” A Mural About, By, And For East Chattanooga

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Gang violence, poverty, inadequate education, crime, and incarceration are some of the issues East Chattanooga youth are calling attention to in Mark Making’s latest mural, "FACE to FACE."

Throughout the summer and fall, Mark Making led over 45 youth from Hope for the Inner City and Girls Inc. of Chattanooga through eight hours of civics and visual arts classes. Participating youth identified neighborhood issues and ways they could use their talents to address the local problems. They then visually translating those ideas into Jean-Michel Basquiat inspired images and self-portraits. Mr. Basquiat, an acclaimed Neo-expressionist and Primitivist painter, used abstract figurations, historical information, and his own poetry to bring awareness to social issues.

Beginning Monday, from 11 a.m.–4 p.m. (weather permitting), Mark Making artists Frances McDonald and Judy Mogul will collage the youth’s artwork and words into the final mural design. An unveiling will be scheduled later in December.

Organizers said, "Once completed, the mural will bring Chattanoogans 'FACE to FACE' with East Chattanooga’s youth and the issues they courageously confront each day." 

"FACE to FACE" is funded in part by the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga.  Mark Making also thanks New Blue Construction for building the mural’s infrastructure.



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