NEO-ROCHESTER: 

DESTINATION MARS COLONY

Rochester Public Library

April 11 to 12, 2015, 2pm to 5pm

Artist in Residence:  Chris Rackley

The Artist-in-Residence program at the Rochester Public Library hosts a different local artist each month to offer the community a new visual arts experience in the Library's MakerSpace located on the second floor.  Chris Rackley is the Artist in Residence in April.  

On April 11th and 12th, visitors will be invited to imagine that they are building a new home on Mars, a utopian city called Neo-Rochester.  As a fictional ideal city, far away from the social, economic, political, cultural, and physical structures of present-day Earth, visitors will be challenged to articulate what a better future might look like.  

Visitors will have the opportunity to draw a component (building, infrastructure, etc.) that should be included in Neo-Rochester.  Each drawing will be cut out and adhered to a 4-foot x 13-foot painting of an empty Martian landscape prepared ahead of time by Chris Rackley.  As more drawings are added, the ideal city will grow into a collage of the participants’ collective notions of an urban utopia.  The finished piece will be on view at the Rochester Public Library.

Visitors are welcome to drop in anytime between 2pm and 5pm on April 11th and 12th.  All ages are welcome and no previous drawing experience is necessary to enjoy contributing to creating Neo-Rochester. Chris Rackley will work one-on-one to help visitors render their visions on paper and will demonstrate how to use linear perspective to draw architectural structures.

More information about MakerSpace and the Artist-in-Residence program can be found on the Rochester Public Library's website.