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Your Place or Mine: Channeling the Domestic Art of Marc Camille Chaimowicz on a Public Street in Brooklyn
The Jewish Museum’s current exhibition Marc Camille Chaimowicz: Your Place or Mine…, on view through August 5, is the first solo museum exhibition in the United States of the London-based artist’s cross-disciplinary work. For Your Place or Mine . . ., Chaimowicz transformed the Jewish Museum’s galleries into a series of metaphorical places — a home, library, and park. He accomplished this through installation of his own wallpaper and textiles, sculpture and design objects, artist’s books, and other works made across an array of media. The Museum, housed in an ornate Manhattan mansion that was once a private residence, is an ideal place to experience this interplay between public and domestic space.
To help convey an invitation to enter the artist’s world, the Jewish Museum’s marketing department determined an outdoor mural would be an interesting way for potential visitors to experience the exhibition beyond museum walls. The artist’s coy exhibition title Your Place or Mine . . . was amplified as a cheeky call to action, suggesting the wall as a meeting spot, or a place where a moment might take a more interesting turn.
Colossal Media, a national company specializing in large-scale, hand-painted murals, offered an inventory of wall locations throughout the city. A street-level, 15’ x 20’ wall at the corner of Norman and Dobbin Street in Greenpoint, Brooklyn was selected to introduce a younger audience to Chaimowicz’s work, which has been influential to artists and designers alike over his nearly 50-year career.
These photographs show the behind-the-scenes process for how the mural came together:
Using a distinctive color palette is an important part of Chaimowicz’s practice. These photos show a painter from Colossal as he pinpoints all of the colors in the advertising proof, and mixes paint for the wall accordingly.
Using our proof as a guide, another Colossal painter reproduces the image onto the wall. Each inch on the proof scales up to a foot on the wall.
Up close, the effect is disorienting. But from a distance, the painting appears almost photo-realistic.
Despite a late March snowstorm, the wall was completed ahead of schedule, taking about 6 days from the start of painting to the work’s completion on March 29.
Marc Camille Chaimowicz: Your Place or Mine… is on view at the Jewish Museum on 5th Avenue at 92nd Street through August 5, 2018. In Brooklyn, visit the Colossal Wall at Norman and Dobbin Streets through May 13, 2018.
Your Place or Mine: Channeling the Domestic Art of Marc Camille Chaimowicz on a Public Street in… was originally published in The Jewish Museum on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.