HUBweek Walls 2018
10 artists transform City Hall Plaza before your eyes
Starting this weekend, September 23 and running through HUBweek (Oct. 8–14), a mix of local and national artists will transform shipping containers dropped on City Hall Plaza live before your eyes. With murals of all different styles, the artists bring dynamic color and vibrancy to the otherwise brick expanse.
HUBweek Walls speaks to the power of art in transforming neighborhoods, as well as lives. All over the world, artists and muralists are changing the perception of neighborhoods through evocative public art installations. We’re proud to announce this year’s HUBweek Walls artists!
HUBweek Walls Featured Artist: Okuda San Miguel
Spanish street artist Okuda San Miguel will present the Feature Wall at this year’s festival. His works, which can be seen in streets, galleries, railroads, and abandoned spaces around the world, often raise contradictions about existentialism, the Universe, the infinite, the meaning of life, the false freedom of capitalism, and show a clear conflict between modernity and our roots; ultimately, between man and himself. A globally-recognized contemporary street artist, Okuda’s multicolored geometric architectures blend with organic shapes, bodies without identity, headless animals, symbols that encourage reflection.
Presented by Seaport, his HUBweek mural speaks to the relationship between humans and animals, and to themes of respect, diversity, and harmony among beings and with our environment.
Boston-based Brian Denahy’s work explores typography as public art. He has created signs and murals for businesses and towns across New England, transforming walls and storefronts with expressive lettering.
Ann Lewis is a Detroit-based multidisciplinary activist artist using painting, installation, and participatory performance to explore themes related to American identity, power structures, and justice. She often creates these works in our public spaces. She recently completed the mural See Her in Boston’s Roxbury neighborhood. This work was created in collaboration with Now + There and Community Resources for Justice. It asks the viewer to reconsider assumed narratives of people who are or have been incarcerated and celebrates the tenacity of those transitioning back into society.
Ruben Gerardo Ubiera Gonzalez is a Dominican neo-figurative artist, known for his strong use of the line, graffiti inspired technique/esthetic, urban murals, mixed-media pieces and installations, all created with reclaimed-objects and found artifacts. He paints and draws in a style called Postgraffism, but he prefers to call it urban-pop, since he has lived most of his life in urban, populated areas and most of his inspiration is derived from the interactivity of man and his urban environment. Ubiera strives in all his work to capture an essential part of his past, his present, and his subjects through the use of the line and form. His work includes still-life and situational portraiture, but he tends to primarily focus on depicting his immediate urban surroundings and everyday complex human emotions using a strong and expressive line, a vivid graphic color contrast all while adding a mix of youth-angst and detailed complexity.
Sophia Ainslie is a South African American contemporary artist working between drawing and painting. She transforms her observations of the world around her into her own abstract visual language. Her imagery focuses on the connection between diagnostic imaging technologies and landscape, interior and exterior, and the microscopic and macroscopic. She melds observation with imagination resulting in a relationship of connections and disconnections between black mark making and flat color, stillness of shape and active mark, movement and space. Actively pushing the formal aspects present in the work, she is interested in making the negative shapes prominent — creating spaces/places that look like something was once there, but is no longer. Sophia holds a studio in Somerville and a teaching position at Northeastern University. Gallery Naga, in Boston, represents her.
Silvia Lopez Chavez
Silvia Lopez Chavez is an artist and designer focused on public art and social activism. She is motivated by the power of the creative process as an agent for positive change.
With roots in the Dominican Republic, Lopez Chavez has based her art practice in the Boston area for over fifteen years. Her collaborative public art works include commissions from Now + There Inc., Northeastern University, the Barr Foundation, and Boston Children’s Museum. Her work has been recognized through grants and residencies from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Boston Foundation, Boston Children’s Hospital, the New England Foundation for the Arts, and most recently as a Luminary and Polly Thayer Starr Visiting Artist at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Her latest mural projects can be viewed sprinkled throughout the city at Northeastern University’s campus, on the Charles River Esplanade, in Brookline, Allston, North End, Downtown Boston and Central Square, Cambridge. She continues her studio art and design practice at the Boston Center for the Arts in the South End.
Matthew Zaremba is a published visual artist whose work has been exhibited across the United States and abroad. Zaremba’s work examines the human condition, as well as the intricacies and idiosyncrasies of relationships, communication, and the mind.
Deme5 is best known for his ability to wield a spray can as if it is a paintbrush. At Deme’s heart he is a graffiti artist, but his goal has always been able to show what is possible with aerosol. Using neither projectors or grids, he’ll transpose a 5"x7" concept to a 100' wall, with just his skillful eyes.
Driven by the sounds of hip-hop and his hometown of Boston, Deme’s work is sought after by established businesses and inventive entrepreneurs alike. In addition to his aerosol skills, Deme is proficient in graphic design as well as paint and charcoal mediums.
IMAGINE (aka Sneha Shrestha)
IMAGINE is a Nepali artist, educator, and social entrepreneur who paints mindful mantras in her native language and meshes the aesthetics of Sanskrit scriptures with graffiti influences. Being the first to mesh Nepali Alphabets with American graffiti, she has shown her work in several exhibitions, commissioned works and public walls around the world including Boston, San Francisco, Bali, Istanbul, Geneva and Copenhagen. She has created work for clients such as Harvard, Reebok, Montana Cans, Trip Advisor, Neiman Marcus and Red Bull.
She also established Nepal’s first Children’s Art Museum to provide a creative space where children and youth can develop 21st century skills through project based art experiences. Before working on the Children’s Art Museum of Nepal, Sneha worked at Artists for Humanity which played a huge role in inspiring her to dedicate her life to art, education and innovative social impact. Sneha graduated from the Harvard Graduate School of Education with a Master’s degree in Education. During her time at Harvard, Sneha explored the effective leadership in education and the intersections of creativity, learning and technology. Currently, she is the Boston Artist in Residence and is also working as the Arts Manager designing the Visiting Artist Program at Harvard South Asia Institute.
Be sure to stop by City Hall Plaza this weekend through HUBweek (Oct. 8–14) to see these dynamic artists paint live, and to view their finished products.
HUBweek is a festival for the future that explores innovation at the intersections of art, science and technology. Founded by The Boston Globe, Harvard University, Massachusetts General Hospital, and MIT, HUBweek is a first-of-its-kind civic collaboration that brings together the most creative and inventive minds in making an impact in Boston and around the world.