The graffiti artists who painted the art museum mural return to create a new play at the Electric Theater – St George News

ST. GEORGE- Reggae tunes and colorful clouds of spray paint floated through the air in the aisle adjacent to the Electric Theater at 68 E. Tabernacle Street in St. George on Monday afternoon.

Pancho Peskador paints Charlie Chaplin looking through a camera, St. George, Utah, November 2, 2021 | Photo by David Dudley, St. George News

A passer-by on the street stopped to look down the aisle, and instead of finding the plain dark brown wall that had been there the week before, he saw four graffiti artists drawing a mural of Charlie Chaplin film a Shivwits powwow dancer and a jazz band. painted by an artist with a brush.

“It looks good,” the viewer told Oakland-based graffiti artist Pancho Peskador, who was filling in his Charlie Chaplin photo. Peskador smiled and thanked the man.

“Do you paint? Peskador asked him. “Do you want to paint some?”

The man refused, saying he had mainly worked in his garden. But the two were linked.

Desi Mundo verifying her sources, St. George, Utah, November 2, 2021 | Photo by David Dudley, St. George News

“The love we get here is unlike any other place I’ve painted,” Peskador told St. George News, before getting back to work. “It’s nice to paint where you are appreciated.”

These are the same artists who painted the St. George Art Museum a year ago. Michelle Graves, assistant director of arts and events for the town of St. George, said she was pleased with the public’s response to the art museum’s mural.

“It was a spectacular, larger-than-life mural that celebrated hope,” she said. “We invite everyone to take part in this year’s celebration of art, culture and community with this new mural showcasing our history.

The new mural is the result of a collaborative effort between the City of St. George, Art Around the Corner and the DocUtah International Documentary Film Festival.

Two films slated for last year’s DocUtah festival, which was postponed by the COVID pandemic, will feature the artists and will instead be included in this year’s festival.

A scene from the new mural on the Electric Theater, St. George, Utah, November 2, 2021 | Photo by David Dudley, St. George News

“Prophets, Teachers and Kings” gives audiences an inside look into the dark and sometimes violent world of the Los Angeles graffiti scene. The film follows artists Skill and Fear as they recount their 35-year journey from juvenile delinquency to urban art infamy.

In “Alice Street,” Peskador and fellow Oakland-based artist Desi Mundo, who was also working down the aisle on Monday, form an unlikely partnership to tackle their most ambitious project yet: a four-foot mural. floors in the heart of downtown Oakland. .

Mundo said the subject matter for the St. George mural—Charlie Chaplin, the rocket in the eye of the moon, the Shivwits dancers, the saxophonist, and the girl painting a canvas—were responses to the commission.

“We wanted to represent film, indigenous culture, dance, music and visual arts,” he told St. George News. “With the Shivwits dancers, I wanted to make sure the indigenous community is at the forefront of conversations in St. George and recognize what land we walk on.”

Graffiti artist Fear does detail work, St. George, Utah, November 2, 2021 | Photo by David Dudley, St. George News

Rhondalon Crawford, chair of the board of the Art Around the Corner Foundation, said the new mural aims to remind us that “by understanding our past and looking to our future, St. George continues to be a dynamic and welcoming place for all. .”

“Partnering with DocUtah and the City of St. George demonstrates our community’s commitment to all of the arts and to providing our citizens and visitors with a wide variety of artistic experiences.”

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Mildred D. Field