The word “metal” was once the name of a specific type of art, and it’s been used in art and design for hundreds of years.
But now that it’s “the new black” in our everyday conversations, how do we talk about this word and what do we need in our conversations about art?
The answer, it turns out, lies in art.
And not just in our art.
“It’s a very important word, it has a long history, it’s a term that people use and it really captures people’s imaginations,” says Krista Koll, professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh.
Art has been around for centuries.
“There are all kinds of different kinds of art.
Some of the things that are very much in the art world, it really hasn’t changed.
So I think the concept of metal wall art has really only changed in the last 10 years, because it’s become the new black,” Koll says.
In the past, metal wall artists used metal for decoration and also for their work.
Now, they’re making their own kind of metal, making sculptures and painting murals.
ArtKit, the makers of the Metal Wall Art Kit, say it’s designed to help artists make their own metal sculptures, murals, and other art pieces.
Koll is a fan of their work, so she’s thrilled to see it in the Smithsonian.
“It’s amazing that someone would be able to make a metal sculpture in their garage, that is really unique and so unique in that it reflects the artist’s own sense of the artist,” Kowall says.
“So the idea is to bring these pieces together and bring it to the Smithsonian, so people can actually experience them.”
ArtKit has partnered with Smithsonian museums to put the art on display.
They will be at the Smithsonian from March 15 through April 1.
“This project has really inspired people to make their sculptures out of metal,” Koller says.
The art will be exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art in New York from March 22 through April 3.
“We want to bring the art of metal into our everyday lives,” Kolla says.
“We want our art to represent the way we interact with the world and how we relate to our environment and with each other.”
The Smithsonian is the only American institution that can host an exhibit like this.
They’re also partnering with local artist Joe Echevarria to create murals and art kits based on the work.
Kowalls art kit will be in the public exhibition.
Koll says the exhibit will highlight how these art kits can be used for community art projects.
“What it will be really interesting about this exhibition is that it is an opportunity for us to have this exhibition in the National Gallery and then we can really focus on the murals that we create and the murala art kits,” Kellas said.
Kowall is excited to see the Smithsonian curators use this concept.
“The Smithsonian’s a great institution, and they really do know how to bring this work to the public,” Kowa says.
Kowa says the art kits and murals are not just for museum curators, but for all the people in our communities.
They are meant to be part of our everyday life, and that includes people who may not normally interact with art.
Keller, who lives in the Washington, D.C., area, is a metal wall artist herself.
She says she loves the concept.
“Metal wall artwork is something that has always been an art form in the city.
It’s been in our homes and our neighborhoods for a long time,” she says.
Now that it has become the “new black” and has become so much more prevalent, Kowallo says she’s excited to find out how other communities will respond to this art and how people will be able use this artwork in their everyday lives.
Kellers art kit and murala murals will be featured at the museum from March 23 through April 2.