So this is Living Walls Part 3, I guess…or maybe instead of Living Walls: The City Speaks, this is Living Walls: The Conversation Continues. Or maybe you could even call it Living Walls: The Assault.
I’ve just heard that some of the Living Walls murals have already been painted over, most notoriously by a local writer named Vomet. Here are photos of the Swampy/Gaia/Greg Mike wall, taken from the Living Walls Facebook page:
The FB reaction ranges from people cheering Vomet on and complementing his style to disappointment, outrage and casual acceptance.
Friday afternoon and evening, there were panels and lectures (and one amazing cake!) at Georgia Tech. There was a lot that was awesome and a little that wasn’t about this part of the conference. Awesomeness #1: the lectures were packed, right up till the end of the night (10:30-ish). And yeah, some of the people were Living Walls affiliates, artists and such, but there were also a ton of Georgia Tech students and sundry other locals.
Keep reading at Juxtapoz. For more pics of Living Walls, check out my Picasa page.
I interviewed Jon Burgerman over at Juxtapoz. I first encountered his work in the form of a mass-produced print purchased from the Ikea kids department–Jon seemed a bit nonplussed to learn they were selling it in the kids department! I had no idea who the artist was, just loved the Basquiat-meets-Souther Salazar aesthetic, and thought it would look great on my sloppy (I couldn’t reach the ceiling) mostly-blue wall.
Jon has a group show at Factory Fresh (Brooklyn Burlesque Bailout) that opens this Friday, and a solo show opening at Giant Robot Saturday (My American Summer). If you’re in New York, he’s worth checking out.
Read it at Juxtapoz, Part I and Part II. And if you missed the show at Ad Hoc Gallery, check out her work in her natural habitat of Brooklyn. This boxcar, featuring Persephone and Hades–centerpiece characters in the gallery exhibit–can be found in Red Hook, near Ikea.