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Windsor Square Artist Fritz Chesnut at Standard Downtown

Artist Fritz Chesnut downtown outside the Standard Hotel while his 40 foot long mural is being installed.
Artist Fritz Chesnut outside the Standard Hotel as his 40 foot long mural is being installed.

Walk along 6th St downtown these days and you may find yourself  immersed in a forty foot panoramic B&W mural created by Windsor Square artist Fritz Chesnut exhibited on an exterior wall of the Standard Hotel.  Titled “Dark Wave / Phase Transition” the forty by eight foot installation combines amorphous, almost psychedelic, yet natural forms into a long flowing stream that could be a massive view of galaxies in an immense universe, or perhaps a tiny drop of oil in water, magnified a million fold.

Fritz-Chesnut2In fact, the digitally printed mural originates from a 3 x 3 foot painting Chesnut created in his signature format: pouring paint on a horizontal canvas. As the paint coalesces, he gets involved: lifting and tilting the canvas so that gravity moves the paint creating “pools, ravines and fields of color – often alluding to waves, oil spills and other aquatic and geologic formations.”

“It’s very simple, yet very complicated understanding how the paint is going to mix,” Chesnut told the Buzz during the installation of the mural last Wednesday on the north side of 6th Street. “This is the first time I’ve done something on such a large scale.” He worked with Olson Visual out of Hawthorne, which printed the large format print onto an adhesive backing and was carefully unfurling it onto the well-lit cement wall. The piece will be on exhibit  at the Standard Hotel until May 10th, thanks to the gallery Country Club Projects.

Chesnut has lived with his wife, actress Molly Shannon (Saturday Night Live) and two children in Windsor Square for the past two years after moving here from New York.

Visit the artist’s website.

Chesnut’s “Dark Wave / Phase Transition” is an animated addition to the downtown skyline as seen from 6th & Flower Streets.

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Julie Grist
Julie Grist
Julie co-founded the Larchmont Buzz with fellow buzzer Mary Hawley in 2011 and served as Editor, Publisher and writer for the hive for many years until the sale of the Buzz in August 2015. She is still circling the hive as an occasional writer.

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