You guys should definitely pop over to Guerrero Gallery where a new show made up of works of art that contain words just opened.
The featured piece is a collection of paintings made by a bunch of Boston school children with the aid of artist Caleb Neelon (AKA Sonik) who you might remember from an interview I did with him for I Heart Street Art a while back. Here’s an exchange we had regarding tagging:
At this point we’re standing on a sidewalk across from a janky Motel 6 in the Tenderloin. There’s a tag on one of the building’s exterior walls, a wall that is otherwise caked with about a thousand layers of grimy Tenderloin taint. So we start comparing this modest tag on a dirty building to something like a whimsical cartoon character painted on some small business in the Mission.
Caleb says he certainly identifies as a hand-style nerd, meaning he can appreciate the subtleties in even the most hurried little black-magic-marker tag. So he harbors no special ill will toward the tagger in this case. In fact, Motel 6 being a big corporation, should have no problem having systems in place to keep its walls clean.
Bold! (Read the rest.) But possibly not as bold as this new work at Guerrero Gallery. He asked a group of kids to put down on canvas the nicest or meanest thing they have had said to them or have said to someone else. Which begs the question, which one is the following?
In any case, these two pics I’ve shared are just the tip of the iceberg. Go see for yourself!