Mindy Bray - Meander

@Ralston Central Park

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For more information, please visit mindybray.com

My work explores the intersection of natural and built environments. I am interested in the  landscapes that occur in daily, urban life: the parks, yards, urban waterways, and trails that we encounter every day. I'm especially interested in how built environments frame or shape the  landscape, either through simply changing our perspective on it, or physically changing the  landscape through processes like river management or landscaping. 

I work in painting and drawing, both in the studio on paper and canvas, and in site-specific  murals, which are often at a large scale. The murals on the wall are site conditioned and  respond directly to an architectural space. Executed directly on the wall in latex paint, I find  parallels between the use of an architectural space and a natural pattern of movement.  Abstracted shapes of light reflecting on a nearby river may mirror the directional flow of foot  traffic through a building and up an escalator, or the shadow of a tree cast through a window  may multiply and reflect within a corner. These pieces blur the boundaries between interior  and exterior space, creating illusions of light and shape that move between the physical  borders of a building.  

This piece, Meander, for the LandMark exhibition in Arvada, is painted directly on the concrete  at Ralston Central Park, engaging with the everyday experience of those using the Ralston  Creek trail. The pattern in this piece is based on the atomic structure of gold, referencing  Arvada’s history in which Lewis Ralston discovered gold at the confluence of Ralston Creek and  Clear Creek. The placement of the pattern at the intersection of the parks’ paths mirrors the  confluence of the creeks. Just as viewers change their direction on the paths, the creek itself  has changed its path over time due to human impact, either through gold or uranium mining or  through urban development. 

For this piece, I branched out in terms of process, using a cut stencil for the atomic pattern,  and spray paint for the application. The colors are fun and playful and will hopefully inspire  some people – including kids - to play hopscotch or to jump from one circle to the next. My hope is that this piece will be interactive, and that it will both brighten the day for those out in  the park and inspire reflection on our relationship to our urban waterways, both our  environmental impact on them, and the ways in which they enhance our quality of life and  everyday experience.

LandMark: Arvada
  1. Nathan Hall - Chime Walk II
  2. Yoshitomo Saito - Bamboo Boy & Bamboo Girl
  3. Judy Gardner - Nesting Crane
  4. Patrick Maxcy - Safe Haven
  5. Mark Bueno - Betrothed To The Unknown
  6. Emily Grace King - False Shield
  7. Mindy Bray - Meander
  8. Jesse Mathes - From Thirty Inches to Six Feet
  9. Corrina Espinosa - Majestic Beasties
  10. Nikki Pike - Apology to JB
  11. Nancy Lovendahl - INTERCESSIONS 16 (Amour)
  12. Collin Parson - Moiré Tower #8a (from the Interference Series)
  13. Patrick Marold - Shadow Line