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A Glimpse of Shami Noir

A Glimpse of Shami Noir
Shami Sosa (a.k.a. Shami Noir) is a musician and visual artist who uses street art to promote both his music and a larger idea of The Self. Shami Sosa 2013. Street art, Los Angeles, CA. (Image Credit: Shami Sosa) Mackenzie Wilson (MW): Why make street art to promote music? As opposed to flyering or putting up more typical promotional material? Shami Sosa (SS): Street art speaks to everyone. Young,... 

The Q4 Tribe

The Q4 Tribe
Quennect 4 Gallery, 2012. (Image credit: Amara Betty Martin.) It’s hard to interview nomads when you’re trying to squeeze through dancing multitudes and libations are streaming forth and a fusion of hip hop and world music is blasting and you’re in the middle of an atmospherically lit space covered wall-to-wall in colorful murals with slogans ready to rouse revolution within you. Then again,... 

Meeting of Styles (MOS) 2011

Meeting of Styles (MOS) 2011
Meeting of Styles (MOS) is an annual meet-up of graffiti writers and aficionados. Artists are invited and assigned to an area on stretches of wall space. Public focus is emphasized at the main wall called the “Wall of Style” located at 30th and Kedzie Avenue. The remaining permissioned wall locations are segmented in general proximity to the Wall of Style. To get a good perspective about the event... 

On Public Art: “An Artist Without Parameters” A conversation with Brooks Golden

On Public Art: “An Artist Without Parameters” A conversation with Brooks Golden
Chicago has an abundant history of prolific graffiti writers and street artists. Outside of their own trusted community, many of these artists do not get the chance to speak about their experiences and their love for what they do. This series focuses on giving the microphone back to the artists who create public art in Chicago and those that foster it. Through these interviews our hope is to not only... 
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