Art Walk is this Friday night and HOWL Gallery/Tattoo will be featuring modern rock posters by some of the world’s most celebrated concert poster artists. Included in the show are framed and unframed posters by Bob Masse, Frank Kozik, Todd Slater, Clint Wilson, Leia Bell, Michael Michael Motorcycle, Aesthetic Apparatus, Print Mafia and internationally-renowned concert poster artist Derek Hess, who will be appearing at HOWL in September for a solo show.
The posters on exhibit Friday night consist primarily of signed and limited-edition screen prints. A selection of classic posters by Bob Masse, Gary Grimshaw and others will also be on display.
HOWL Gallery/Tattoo is located at 1514 Broadway and backs onto a courtyard it shares with Hotel Indigo and the federal courthouse. HOWL books live entertainment in the courthouse for both Art Walk and Music Walk on the third Saturday of each month. When you step outside, be sure to look up. When you do, you’ll notice a 20 foot tall by 100 foot long ceramic tile mural. It’s name is Fort Myers: An Alternative History.
The mural was commissioned by the General Services Administration in Washington for the federal building and courthouse in 1997. The artist is Barbara Jo Revelle, Director of the Department of Photography at the University of Florida, a post she has held since 2001. Before that she served as UF’s Director of Art and Art History (1996-2000), Associate Chair of the Department of Fine Arts and Division Director of Photography at the University of Colorado in Boulder, and Visiting Artist at the University of California in Los Angeles, School of the Art Institute of Chicago and San Francisco Art Institute.
To create Fort Myers: An Alternative History, Revelle located historical photographs depicting the area’s Native American population, the original fort from which the city derives its name, the railroad bridge across the Caloosahatchee River, and Fort Myers’ once-bustling cattle ranching industry. She transferred digital prints of these photos to the permanent ceramic tile surfaces using print technologies considered innovative in the ’90s. The result is the pixelized portraits of Fort Myers’ early history that towers over the courthouse courtyard behind HOWL Gallery/Tattoo.
Fort Myers: An Alternative History is but one of a half dozen major public art installations interspersed throughout the River District.
HOWL Gallery/Tattoo will be waiting for you on Friday Night. Include them as an art stop destination during your Art Walk tour.