Baltimore artist Pablo Machioli believes murals have a positive, transformative effect upon communities. He explains that discovery and participation are key to success. Pablo urges the artist to meet with the local community; open and maintain communications; discover and build an understanding of their backgrounds, customs and traditions; and then seek out and incorporate their ideas into the design of the mural to insure it reflects the heritage and shared values of the local community.
Today’s edition of What’s Up on Charm City Streets covers the month of February, 2015. Snowstorms, sleet, ice, freezing temperatures, and severe wintry weather forced most artists to stay indoors this month.
The Follow Her Art Exhibit opened Friday evening, January 23rd, at the Eubie Blake Cultural Center, 847 N. Howard Street, Baltimore MD. A trip to the Peruvian village of Paucartambo inspired the featured artwork by LNY, Mata Ruda, Nanook, Nether, and Pablo Machioli.
Pablo explained the artists plan a return trip to Paucartambo where the local population lives in harmony with the natural world. The artists will dwell among the villagers to gain insights into the local culture and afterwards create art that will share the value and benefits of the time-proven knowledge and wisdom of life in Paucartambo.
The show is a fundraiser for this forthcoming trip to Paucartambo and runs through mid-February at Eubie Blake Cultural Center. You can find additional information at www.followingher.com.
Over the past two months artists involved in the Wall Hunters Slumlord Project have used a variety of street art to expose the real owners of ramshackle, derelict, and vacant properties that blight Baltimore neighborhoods. Led by Baltimore artist Nether and housing activist Carol Ott, Wall Hunters Slumlord Project created artwork on 17 abandoned properties spread across Baltimore City. Each art installation included a quick response link to details about the owner and the individual property’s housing and safety code violations. There are thousands upon thousands of vacant properties across Baltimore. The goals of the Wall Hunters Slumlord Project are to draw attention to the impact vacant housing has on the local community; to foster and build a public discussion between communities and city government about remedies; and to demonstrate the use of street art as a means of positive change.