West Johnston High School art teacher Frank Kreacic took art to another dimension when “SWR in the 21st Century” debuted May 16 during Artsplosure, an art festival in Raleigh.
His two-sided, three-dimensional digital sketch, applied to a city bus, will stay on the streets of Raleigh for six months.
“There were 40 applicants and 10 selected for the bus wraps,” said Clyde Lundy, chairman of Raleigh Arts Commision. “There were also two alternate artists on place cards on all of the 100 buses.”
Kreacic’s medium is a three-dimensional resin painting. His inspiration for “SWR in the 21st Century” came from old comic books, the ones before the super heroes of today’s movies.
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“I enjoy the classic adventure serials and science fiction stories that inspired George Lucas and Steven Spielberg” Kreacic said. “I also look to the works of Roy Lichtenstein and contemporary artist Nobu Fukui.”
To see what Kreacic sees, viewers wear 3D ChromaDepth glasses to get the enhanced effect.
“When looking at my paintings, the physical layering of the paint off the canvas creates movement as you walk by,” Kreacic said. “Once you place ChromaDepth 3D glasses on, the effect is intensified. The glasses make my artwork take on another life.”
Another artist, Rich Gurnsey, also has animation-inspired art on a bus. He has competed in this competition two years in a row.
“The competition is really awesome,” Kreacic said. “It’s is mobile and reaches a really wide audience. You never know when it's going pop up.”
Lundy volunteers with Artsplosure because of his love of art and his desire to share it with Raleigh.
“I have a great interest in art and the creative process,” he sad. “This is one way I give back to the city because I feel it’s very important for art to be recognized in all its different facets. There are so many outlets for art, and we need to support it.”
This was not the only show Kreacic has entered. “The Dark Chamber,” another work, was a part of the ArtFields art festival in Lake City, S.C. The nine-day show ran from April 25 to May 2. He competed with 400 other artists. In June, Kreacic was scheduled to learn if his art would go up in the Minnesota Vikings football stadium.
“I am currently creating a new resin painting inspired by my bus design,” Kreacic said. “This is just the beginning.”