Wooden Walls Public Art Project and Pen + Brush are happy to present a site- specific installation by Michela Martello entitled “Eternal Swoon”. Michela conceived “Floating Landmark” in 2019. Her initial visit to Asbury Park included educating herself about the history of the architecture and adornments on the historical buildings on the Asbury Park Boardwalk. She returned a second time to create frottages (the technique or process of taking a rubbing from an uneven surface to form the basis of a work of art), of the Carousel Building, Convention Hall and the Paramount Theater. Michela was scheduled to continue her rubbings in the summer of 2020 but was postponed due to budget issues caused by the Covid-19 Pandemic. We are happy to see this project, combining Michela’s love of art, architecture and history, come to fruition through the support of Monmouth Arts’ Renew Grant and Pen+Brush.
We are inviting the public to participate in Michela’s vision of “Eternal Swoon” over the weekend of October 22nd and 23rd. The opening of “Eternal Swoon” will happen Saturday, October 22nd from 2-6pm, (weather permitting) inside the Historic Carousel Art House on the Asbury Park Boardwalk. A workshop with Michela and an informal artist “Meet and Greet” and talk will happen on Sunday from 12-4, weather permitting. The viewer will be invited to be fully immersed in Michela’s installation, created from the frottage work she completed this Summer in Asbury Park.
“In my work of frottage, I try to stop time through a manual photocopy of the stucco memories of Asbury Park Boardwalk, then sewing together these light papers, I give shape to a symbolic dress made of memories of sea, wind, architecture and history.” -Michela Martello
More information on the opening and meet and greet here.