Arlington Public Art, a committee of ACAC, has commissioned artists to paint five transformer boxes this summer. You might be able to catch the artists in the act of painting while you drive, bike, or walk around town.
This year, local businesses have offered to sponsor the boxes. We are grateful to the Kickstand Café, Arlington Center for the Arts, Custom Contracting, Inc., Zen Ren Chuan/Alton Street boxing, and Ellenhorn, who each contributed the $300 artists’ commission and will be credited with their sponsorship on a box. The artists include Aubrey Cloutier, Chi Yun Lau, Laurie Bogdan and Karen McCarthy (both artists will be working on one box together), Molly Scannell, and Shunsuke Yamaguchi.
The first completed box is by Shunsuke Yamaguchi (below left). His colorful, cartoon-inspired work may be familiar to Arlington residents already, as he is the artist of the large vinyl banner on the side of the Capitol Theater, and also of the fox painted on the windows of the Fox Library.
Still in progress is Chi Yun Lau’s “Space Cat” box (below middle). Chi Yun Lau is an illustrator and designer who has been working in the Boston area for over 10 years. Although he works primarily in the digital medium, he also enjoys painting with acrylics, watercolor, and pen and ink. He is influenced by comic books, animation, music, science-fiction, and many other cool things. His work has been published in various publications like the Weekly Dig, Improper Bostonian, and many more. Chi-Yun also likes cats.
The third box (below right), also still in progress, is the creation of Laurie Bogdan and Karen L. McCarthy, both members of Arlington’s year-old networking group for local artists (including musicians, performers, visual artists, poets, and more), ArtLinks. Laurie Bogdan is a three-year resident of Arlington whose main media is collage and whose inspiration is the natural world. Karen L. McCarthy creates her stitched paper and fabric collage constructions in her Arlington studio. Karen received her BFA in fibers from Massachusetts College of Art and has been exhibiting her work in galleries and museums throughout the United States.