Sunday, December 18, 2016
This solo City Arts Factory Downtown Arts District (29 S Orange Ave, Orlando, Florida 32801)
exhibition is up from December 15, 2016 to January 13, 2017 Artist Opening Reception: Third Thursday December 15, 2015 6-9pm Thomas Thorspecken (Thor) presents "Finger on the Pulse", Orlando's Artistic Expression. After the Pulse tragedy, Thor went to every vigil and fundraiser possible to documents Orlando's attempts to heal. This project continues as he sketches family and friends of victims along with survivors, employees and first responders. For some the healing will take a lifetime. Thor has been documenting arts and culture in Orlando for the past 10 years by doing a sketch a day and writing articles that share the city's history. The project began as a New Years resolution, and has become a lifestyle.
The show features 19 prints of the sketches done in the weeks and months following the Pulse tragedy. I transported all the framed pieces to City Arts Factory in granny cart. All the pieces were protected using a bed sheet and some towels. It was such a luxury to be able to walk from my Thornton Park apartment downtown. Ive gotten spoiled since I moved from the dingy Winter Park apartment I was renovating these past 6 months.
Anyway, each print has a QR code on the label that leads to a full write up about each event sketched. Orlando is still healing. For some the healing will take a lifetime. A News 13 TV reporter, John Davis, shot footage as I hung the show, and then He interviewed me about all the Pulse themed sketches I have been doing. The story went live that night, but since I don't have a TV, I didn't see it. I contacted a Pulse survivor about an interview at the History Center, and she said that at the moment she read my request, my name was mentioned on Channel 13 News. That coverage helped me land the interview and sketch.
I'm heading over for the opening soon. Be sure to stop out to City Arts Factory before January 13th to see the show and possibly pick up some of my art for your art collection.