Jason Schell

Una Tarde Dominical Bajo la Ciudad de Mexico

8 x 36 feet | 2.4 x 11 meters

Acrylic Paint, Charcoal, Conte on Canvas

(metro Viveros mural project)

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individual panels

full dipiction


There's 3 main concepts at work in this mural.
The title, a direct reference to one by Diego Rivera, take the idea of “a Sunday afternoon” to create a true portrait of a day for Mexican riding the metro. All of the source material was taken on one particular Sunday afternoon (September 12th, 2010, 2pm-5pm) on line 3, making the piece a documentary of that day.
Keeping in mind the a metro station could be considered a modern cave, the piece was created with charcoal and conte over an acrylic base. The base materials (clay pigments and charcoal) are the same used by the earliest cave paintings created by the human race in Altamira, Spain and Lascaux, France.
The six scenes selected for the mural are connected compositionally though various lines, tones, and subject matter...a metaphor for our connected lives as people living in a city and for the way cars connect together to form a metro train.