Here are some pictures of the finished Inkworks mural in its entirety!
June 11th, 2010
Come join us for the unveiling of the finished mural at InkWorks Press tomorrow at 4:00 pm! The True Colors Mural Inauguration will have food, music, and performances and will truly be a wonderful community event!
April 29th, 2010
From now, untill the end of the project (june 12th) were hosting community paint days on fridays!
we have received donations of food from local resteraunts and so far,and its been going really well!
all are welcome, and your help is greatly appreciated!
so, if you want to come by and help out, weel put you to work!
April 28th, 2010
The Progression of Our Mural…
So the Mural is coming along nicely, but we need the help of our community artists in order to finish it on time and have it looking extraordinary! Please join us for our Community Paint Days taking place every Friday until May 28. Just to give you a quick update on how the mural is panning out thus far, here are some pictures:
April 15th, 2010
Join us for our Community Artists Mural Paint Days!
April 3rd, 2010
Mural Celebration and Fundraiser
PLEASE JOIN US IN CELEBRATING BERKELEY’S NEWEST MURAL!
Hosts: Juana Alicia Ariana Katovich and Jose Ruiz
Location: Casa Latina
1801 San Pablo Ave
Saturday, April 10, 7:00 PM
THE TRUE COLORS MURAL PROJECT, led by Juana Alicia,
will be painting its newest mural on the Inkworks Press Building in West Berkeley.
The mural, pictured in this invitation, is an amazing and colorful celebration of social justice movements.
Casa Latina will be hosting us in an empty storefront they just acquired for expansion of their panaderia. Jose Ruiz, owner and DJ, will be hosting the party, spinning great music, and allowing The True Colors Mural project to sell art, host a silent auction and offer other goodies to benefit the mural project.
Please RSVP to us by contacting Ariana at 510.859.9154
or email to email@example.com
Sliding scale entry!! $15-25 at the door.
May 31st, 2010
True Colors Crew Narrative for “Posters of Resistance” Mural at Inkworks
The effort that was put in to produce the design for the InkWorks mural has been one of true collaboration.
Classmates, the teacher, community supporters, and members of the InkWorks collective have all served as masterminds, artists, and providers of crucial feedback throughout the process.
In conceiving of the theme and images, we were determined to remain as true to the vision of InkWorks as possible. Our process began with the seven central themes presented by the collective’s work:
Internationalism & Peace, Labor Movement, Racial Justice, Women’s Liberation, Queer Liberation, Environment & Public Health, Elections & Reforms, Arts & Culture. In groups we developed and revised sketches depicting various struggles within these topics, and with consistent feedback from InkWorks members, refined the images into a design that encompasses these topics. The final theme for the mural, therefore, is one of struggle and resistance to injustice, past and present. In particular, the centrality of printed image and word in various contexts of movement and struggle. The mural design flows from a central image of a large printing press.
A sun made of gears rises above the press-workers, lighting fields of integrated crops. From the press come posters, carrying images of social justice across the walls in both directions and leading the eye into the other sections of the mural.
To the right is a utopia of sorts, focusing on a historic Gutenberg Press whose stand stretches downward and becomes the roots of a tree, upward into branches. This press and the woman turning it are surrounded by wildlife, and Critical Mass bikers emerge from the top corner. Beside these images is represented Queer resistance through images of AIDS protests, the Harvey Milk Riots, examples of historic queer publications, and the three figures of a black drag queen, androgynous young person and George Steven Lopez Mercado, a young man recently brutally murdered in Puerto Rico for his sexuality.
To the left we find the presence of dystopia, represented by housing foreclosures, the funneling of money into war and prisons, pollution and its devastating health affects, and a battle between a community and riot police. Sweeping behind the battle is an image of the earth, with figures representing communities and struggles emerging from the continents and framing the mural in its’ global context. A march of protesters, representing a great number of struggles, and including InkWorks poster images rounds the bend and closes in on the viewer. The most recent and current issues; the local murder of Oscar Grant, union struggles, immigration rights, are in the forefront of the image, with a chronology of those past and ongoing receding into the background. Throughout the mural image is the consistent presence of complexity, conflict and resistance, represented on the many posters that fly outward from the center.
In producing the image, the True Colors Mural Collective has been educated in the rewarding challenges of collaboration, and through this experience, we have learned to communicate with each other for the benefit of our vision. As a group, we are excited to continue the process of coloring the walls of InkWorks Press with these stories of resistance.
Narrative written by Olivia Levins Holden, student muralist.
March 3rd, 2010