Despite all the rain and cool temperatures, street artists and graff writers all over the city have been busy these last several weeks.
In cooperation with Concerted Care Group, an addiction recovery program in Baltimore, Nether painted a mural featuring a woman holding a lotus blossom. The artwork symbolizes the will, fierce determination, and perseverance necessary to overcome addiction.
Continuing his years-long battle against derelict properties and unfair housing policies and practices, Nether created two new wheatpastes that shed light on the Eager Park development surrounding Johns Hopkins University. He describes the piece Unknown Bureaucrat as follows:
At the frontier of new Eager Park developments where JHU/ EBDI displaced 750 families, renamed the neighborhood, and land grabbed 3,000 properties over 88 acres. Promises of job creation, inclusion, and transparency never followed through. Just trying to tell the true narrative about broken promises, JHU, and development in Middle East so nobody goes down in history as heroes of urban renewal.
The 17ft. wheatpaste references the satiric Icelandic sculpture unknown bureaucrat in the context of urban renewal in Baltimore.
Nether also displayed two wheatpastes one could describe as A Bird in the Hand.
In Highlandtown, Pablo Machioli is working on a large-scale mural of rainbow horses galloping seemingly straight out of a wall.
Reed Bmore fashioned a number of new wire sculptures around the city. Near Camden Yards you may encounter the O-Reed Bird. W North Avenue is where you will find his Wild Things creation. Reed also painted a mural in the Section 1 lot on the corner of Maryland Avenue and W Lanvale Street.
In Carroll Park, Remington, Station North Arts District, and Wyman Park one could see recent graff pieces by writers Huske, Yatse, Tawk, Dawg, Walt, Bent, and Userp.
May was a good month to see a number of characters around town; including a curvaceous robot, a mouse waving the flag of Puerto Rico, and a pig on a bicycle.
Richard Best, Executive Director of Section 1 Art Park, is teaching a course at MICA entitled Street Art 101. Recently, his students displayed a number of their wheatpastes in the Section 1 mural lot.
Rounding out this posting is a favorite sticker from the artist Miss Chelove.
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