February 22, 2013
Art — Produced by Michael O’Reilly
Chapter 2 — Marc Brodzik does portraits. The New Jersey-born artist paints them on cardboard, wheat pastes them on highway overpasses, and crafts them out of wood. He also happens to run a start-up internet TV channel called SCRAPPLE TV and makes documentaries in addition to painting. The work he does with is channel and with WOODSHOP FILMS he also considers “portraiture” but with the internet and video he is working in a medium of digital pixels, frame rates and aspect ratios. For this digital work, he won a prestigious Pew Fellowship in the Arts in 2009, and was accepted to the internationally acclaimed MacDowell Colony in Peterborough NH. Join us in this segment to hear how Brodzik developed a particular technique to paint Dan, “The Weekend Guy”, and how 12 years later, he picked up right where he left off to paint Mary Anne, “the Rose Lady”, the portrait for whom you just might have seen if you’ve driven over the Ben Franklin Bridge in 2012.
Web Extra: Fresh Roses
Underneath the 676 overpass on Sixth Street, just north of Franklin Square, you will find Mary Ann Smith. Mary Ann has been selling roses at this location for 14 years. Artist and filmmaker Marc Brodzik recently painted Mary Ann’s portrait on her old rose sign. This web video focuses on the story behind that painting and the woman it portrays. — Edited by John Shirk