DOWNTOWN BUILDING RECEIVES ARTIST FACELIFT
Bi-national local artists transform former Saddleblanket building and
conduct food & clothing drive to benefit the Rescue Mission of El Paso
EL PASO, TX (DECEMBER 8, 2011) – Organized by the El Paso Transnational Trolley Project, a visual arts campaign to bring cultural awareness for a transnational trolley system and border-crossing, a collection of regional artists from El Paso and Juarez will join forces to create an artistic borderland mural on the former Saddleblanket building located in Downtown El Paso (601 N. Oregon St.). They will also be conducting a food and clothing drive benefiting the Rescue Mission of El Paso.
What: “Temple to the Future” Artist Project and Food/Clothing Drive in Downtown El Paso
When: Friday, December 9, 2011, at 9:00 a.m. until
Sunday, December 11, 2011, at 1:00 p.m. (artist meet and greet)
Where: 601 N. Oregon St. (Former Saddleblanket Building)
Who: Artists invited: Werc, Gera, Cimi, Grave, Deacon, InsideOut Project, Monica Lozano, Fusioneer, Rezizte, Jellyfish Collectivo, Exist1981, Mitsu Overstreet, Ed Stewart, Peter Svarzbein, Dert Cru, Ernesto Yerena, Skew, Durok, Stew Mo Primo, DK collective, Gems, Devix, Gibes, Adie, MYKER, Jenny Burton, Francella, Hunuku Collective, Maintain Collective
With Generous support by: Art Center of El Paso, Fusion Magazine, DMD, & Bo-De-Gas
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Background:About the Artist: Peter Svarzbein, <http://elpasotransnationaltrolley.tumblr.comIf you’ve come across the mysterious black and white poster images of a trolley conductor in a classic trolley hat dotting various parts of downtown El Paso, then you’ve probably seen the work of visual artist, Peter Svarzbein. The poster series entitled, The El Paso Transnational Trolley Project, “is a visual art campaign for a hypothetical transit system aimed at raising awareness of what one vision of the future could be,” says Svarzbein. “If commuters from El Paso and Juarez felt safe again commuting to and from both cities via a transnational trolley system.” Creating a vision of what the trolley used to be and where the idea could take El Paso and Ciudad Juarez is sparking conversations about the future of the region. The project is ever evolving. During the weekend of October 14-16, 2011, at Chalk the Block, downtown’s signature public arts festival, Svarzbein presented “Faces of the Frontera,”a photo-mosaic of a trolley made up of 2000 portraits. “I have been making these portraits with black or white backgrounds to create a mosaic, patterned after one of the old electric streetcars that used to run between El Paso and Juarez to symbolize the relationship that has and should exist between our cities.”
Now, Svarzbein re-emerges with a new vision, “Temple to the Future.” Svarzbein has helped to organize a collection of bi-national local artists to present their artistic point of view of the future of the border on the former Saddleblanket building located in downtown El Paso (601 N. Oregon St.). “When I first started the El Paso Transnational Trolley Project, I envisioned covering the entire building in art and expression. I wanted the building to be a symbol of positivity towards the future of the El Paso borderplex.”
Peter Svarzbein’s work has appeared in Fortune Magazine, New York Times, Der Spiegel, Fusion Magazine, and other publications. He is a recent graduate from the Master of Fine Arts Program from the School of Visual Arts in New York City.