The Daily Egyptian | Bringing art to the city with a new SIU mural

In the center Carbondale I recently got a new piece of art to freshen up the city with SIU Saluki Mural near Mill Street of the old Cricket Wireless building.

Professor of photography Antonio Martinez leads the project and works on it with students in an independentndent study.

“We also have some volunteers working in arts education John Logan,” Martinez said.

“This is the second class I’ve offered a mural street art class. It’s not, like, officially in the books.

The final mural went through many revisions to ensure it represented the school correctly without coming across as an advertisement, Martinez said

“It was just the Saluki head and it said like ‘Go Dawgs,’ but they went through a lot of revisions,” Martinez said. “I had to be left out and find other solutions to bring it more into the realm of art.”

Martinez said he wanted to be sure the mural represented all parts of SIU and does not focus on what seems to be most popular in school, such as sports.

“I just wanted to make sure that the scientific and creative pursuits that SIU is also represented writing this mural, not pure athletics,” Martinez said. “I mean, there are a lot of student-athletes on campus, and they’re students before athletes.”

The artists did their best by placing symbols for different schools in the mural such as arts, sciences, theater, athletics and others, Martinez said.

He said other art students are already wondering if he will continue with this class next semester.

“It largely depends on funding and also [on] business owners who want to give up a little wall space,” Martinez said. “Artspace 304they asked me if I was interested, they said there was some funding that could help.’

Martinez has more ideas he wants to pursue for murals. He is currently working with a former student, Joey Burroughs, on some concept art.

“I just threw out the concept of a possum playing drums with a Mohawk,” Martinez said. “Once that’s perfected, we might try to shop it around and try to get some investors and also building owners to want to put it somewhere.”

He may offer the course again in the spring semester if enough people show interest in it, Martinez said.

“It kind of gives me an idea of ​​whether I should put the energy and time into trying to make it happen,” Martinez said. “So I know there are some local people who could potentially fund one, but I don’t want to pursue it if it’s just going to be me.”

Graduate student Kayleigh Doyle is the only actual student who is part of his self-study, not a volunteer.

So last semester me and a bunch of other students took a mural class with Antonio and we finished a mural in Marion and I knew he was offering it again.” Doyle said. “So I decided to join him.”

Doyle said Martinez did most of the work over the summer and it came when the rough design of the mural was done.

“It was a little bit different than the first one we did because we had complete creative freedom with the first one, which was about the school,” Doyle said. “We narrowed it down, pulled it back, and then it was just the big Saluki logo, but it was so much open space. So we wanted to include all such areas, or as much as we could for the university.”

Once they had the final design, they primed the walls and stopped traffic to project the design and trace it, Doyle said.

“So they cut off one lane of traffic and put Antonio almost in a bucket truck with his computer and projector,” Doyle said. “Then we just traced the designs with charcoal.”

Doyle they said they applied several coats of paint to get the SIU brown color and after they did that they went back with their white paint to make sure everything looked good.

“They’re going to put an anti-graffiti coat on it soon,” Doyle said. “So it’s kind of like a clear polish that you’d use over nail polish, but it means you can wash it off. So if someone tries to mark it, it won’t stick and you can usually power wash it just a little bit and it won’t ruin the stuff underneath.”

She decided to do the lesson to get a chance to diversify her resume. Doyle said he is also doing another mural in the hallway of the Life Science building.

“A lot of murals came from that. The project I’m doing now also grew out of that,” Doyle said. “It all came from Antonio, who started all these mural projects.”

Cole Schnaudigel is a senior arts education major and volunteered when Martinez came to one of his classes.

“I was really interested in it because I feel like it’s something I want to do in the future,” schnauzer said. “As art teachers, a lot of times we get asked to paint murals and things like that in school. So I wanted to get the practice, the understanding of how to do it and everything that goes into it.

schnauzer said he was helping for two weekends and Martinez will usually work on it from nine to five.

“The mural thing was like, Martinez I had to do a lot of jumping, which he explained to us, and it sounded really challenging.” schnauzer said. “He had to come up with a design and get approval from the city and then get approval from the building owner and then make sure the school liked it as well.”

Since this is not the usual artwork he does, it was a new experience for him schnauzerhe said.

“Constant distraction. A lot of people play loud cars, a lot of people need a new exhaust,” schnauzer said. “Painting on bricks was something new to me then. I have never painted on bricks, I have never painted on a smooth surface; so it adapts to that.

schnauzer said the mural was the largest canvas he had ever worked on.

“Learning about all the different things that went into it and how it was designed there,” schnauzer said. “I think it’s all experience and will help me in the future.”

All of Antonio Martinez’s murals can be seen at his instagram.

Staff reporter Jamila Lewis can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter @jamiahlewis. To keep up with all your Southern Illinois news, follow the Daily Egyptian on Facebook and Twitter.

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