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Art31 & FACTUR Residency Artists Boy Kong and Marla E open installations during Third Thursday Gallery Hop in Downtown Orlando
March 17, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pmDonation
Downtown Arts District welcomes Art31 to the Third Thursday Gallery Hop. See the installations by Art31 artists, Boy Kong and Marla E created during their residency at Orlando’s first maker space, FACTUR. The artists engaged in an experimental collaboration using FACTUR’s resources over a six-month period to create these works to be installed in Downtown Orlando. The outdoor installations will open during Third Thursday Gallery Hop from 6:00 – 9:00 pm, Thursday, March 17, 2016 and will remain on display outside the Orange County Administration Building until April 16.
About the installations:
Boy Kong – Untitled China, 2016; Fiberglass, wood, oil paint, and acrylic paint.
Untitled China is Boy Kong’s first large scale sculpture. It was inspired by traditional blue and white Chinese porcelain and American tattoo culture. The piece represents a fusion of cultures, which references this nationally celebrated artist’s personal narrative.
Marla E – The Cube, 2016; Acrylic, metal, paint, LED lighting, and solar panel.
The Cube is Marla E’s first large scale sculpture. It is the artist’s first step towards a new series where the forms in her well known Urban Plaster paintings literal;y jump off of the wall to immerse the viewer in a three-dimensional world of bold color, texture, and geometric shapes
Boy Kong – Orlando native Boy Kong is a self-taught painter, illustrator, muralist and collage artist. His artwork is immediately identifiable with bold lines and bright colors, drawing inspiration from a mixture of Ukiyo-e Surrealism, graffiti and animal folklore. He has been featured in solo exhibitions at art galleries in both Orlando and New York City and received press accolades from The New York Times, artnet news, Street Art NYC and WUCF(PBS) Artisodes.
Marla E – A long-time supporter of the Art & History Museums – Maitland, Marla E studied fine art at Rollins College in Winter Park, FL, and graduated from the Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale. Her unique sculptural paintings often incorporate unlikely objects, providing an element of surprise, and can be seen in shows, galleries and private collections around the world. Marla E was selected to participate in American Art Collector Juried Competition of New York for the past nine years, as well as an international artist exhibition by Art Park Gallery in Rhodes, Greece. Two of her pieces can now be seen covering four stories of the One Eleven Building, owned by Lincoln Properties in Downtown Orlando.