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Watch Ethan Murrow's 'Project Atrium' drawing come to life

Watch Ethan Murrow's 'Project Atrium' drawing come to life

July 6, 2016 // by Denise M. Reagan

If you've never seen an artist at work, now is your chance. Ethan Murrow and four assistants are meticulously creating every detail in his giant wall drawing Plethora through July 14. MOCA Jacksonville's Project Atrium series gives visitors a front-row seat to witness the creation and installation of artwork the Museum commissions from emerging artists like Murrow. Three Jacksonville artists--Thony Aiuppy, Roy Albert Berry, and Tony Rodrigues--and Murrow's assistant, Aaron Houser, are assisting on the project. Don't miss Murrow's Art and Ideas talk on July 7. The exhibition opens July 16.

Ethan Murrow Draws Hand b
Ethan Murrow draws a hand based on a photo of his own hand. Image courtesy of Denise M. Reagan.
Ethan Murrow Sharpie Boxes c
The drawing requires more than 800 Sharpie markers to complete. Image courtesy of Denise M. Reagan.
Ethan Murrow Wrist Braces d
Murrow and his assistants wear wrist braces to protect themselves during long periods of drawing. Image courtesy of Denise M. Reagan.
Ethan Murrow Drawing Tony Rodrigues Thony Aiuppy e
Jacksonville artists Tony Rodrigues and Thony Aiuppy assist Murrow on the Project Atrium drawing. Image courtesy of Denise M. Reagan.
Ethan Murrow Drawing Roy Albert Berry f
Jacksonville artist Roy Albert Berry works on Murrow's Project Atrium drawing. Image courtesy of Denise M. Reagan.
Ethan Murrow Thony Aiuppy Photo Source g
Thony Aiuppy retrieves one of the photos the artists are using as source material for the drawing. Image courtesy of Denise M. Reagan.
Ethan Murrow Traces Projection h
Murrow traces a faint outline from a projection of the mockup he created for his Project Atrium drawing. Image courtesy of Joe Karably.
Ethan Murrow Joe Karably Films i
Jacksonville filmmaker Joe Karably films Murrow throughout the process for the video that documents the Project Atrium exhibition. Image courtesy of Denise M. Reagan.
Ethan Murrow Rance Adams River City Live j
Rance Adams interview Murrow for a story on River City Live on WJXT-Channel 4. Image courtesy of Denise M. Reagan.
Ethan Murrow Grid Diagram k
Murrow creates a grid on top of the mockup to guide the artists when drawing different sections. Image courtesy of Denise M. Reagan.
Ethan Murrow Project Atrium Wall End of Day One l
The wall in the Atrium Gallery reveals the artists' progress at the end of the first day of drawing. Image courtesy of Denise M. Reagan.
Ethan Murrow Watermelon Detail Day One m
A detail of a watermelon shows the intricate lines that can only be detected at close range. Image courtesy of Denise M. Reagan.
Ethan Murrow Hand Detail Day One n
A detail of a hand shows the first layer of detail Murrow creates. Image courtesy of Denise M. Reagan.
Ethan Murrow and Four Assistants Draw Day Two o
Thony Aiuppy, Tony Rodrigues, Roy Albert Berry, Aaron Houser, and Ethan Murrow begin the second day of drawing in the Atrium Gallery. Image courtesy of Denise M. Reagan.

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