Imagined Agency by Sean Mahan
Display Gallery, 439 S Main St, Gainesville, Florida 32601
Sean Mahan is a social realist figurative painter who works with graphite and acrylic washes on wood to depict a sense of wonder about the innate warmth of the human character and its conflict with structures of power and control. The mural was done for the solo show “Imagined Agency” at Display Gallery in April of 2014.
It is a larger and simpler version of a painting that was in the show at Display Gallery. My idea for the mural was to give it the look of an enlarged blue ballpoint pen drawing with some minimal color layers and a similar figurative style to the paintings in the show. – Sean Mahan.
Sean’s silhouetted scene comfortably inhabits the wall, almost fading into the concrete blocks and distant sky, encumbered only by caged clothing and detached focus. He painted a second mural inside the building to complement his art show. I was impressed with how fast he changed the space to showcase his work. The outside piece is still up and people seem to enjoy it, taking pictures and such, but i’m surprised no one has modified or added to it yet. I’m no artist so the customs of street art elude me… Is there an ideal duration? Erosion is attractive to me, but also intentional alterations over time: the wall as a mutating realm instead of a canvas to be blanked between images. – Tomis Aycock, Display Gallery.