Graffiti Wall: Gainesville's creative heart?
Gainesville Urban Art Curator, Iryna Kanischeva, has created a web page the dedicated to the 'classical graffiti' on Gainesville's 34th St. wall. Beautiful, dramatic photos taken by Iryna capture the color and variety of the the artists, their paints, and thye art that goes on there almost daily.
Ms. Kanischeva regularly updates the page with photos of the new art.
Iryna explained, "We should really be proud of having such a great landmark where local artists have a unique opportunity to practice and develop their skills, Many artists from other cities come here to add their art to the wall."
The 34th St web page is part of a larger website – gnvurbanart.com – that Iryna created and maintains with no financial support and without using advertising. She created the web site to support all urban artists and to provide news about regional and international art and art projects such as the 34th St. Wall page and the 352walls project.
In the Fall of 1990, Gainesville was shocked and on the edge of fear and concern because of the murders by Danny Rolling. Parents kept their children home from school. The University of Florida closed classes with concern for students in this small town. While panic gripped the city, a graffiti artist, Adam Byrn Tritt, took to the SW 34th St wall to create a memorial to the victims of one of Gainesville's darkest moments.
To this day artists have continued to express, design, and use the walls as a palette to share their thoughts and emotions. Anyone is free to express themselves and make an artistic statement about the world, rewriting time by painting their opinion over someone else's statement of love, pain, or cerebral observations.
In a creative sea of constant change, the "memorial square' of the wall created to honor the murdered victims continues to honor people who otherwise might have been forgotten over time. Mistakenly painted over once, keepers of the 34th St. Wall immediatley recreated the memorial hoping to presrve the legacy of the murdered victims. The symbolism is powerful, the expressionistic heartbeat of that moment in time is strong, thanks to an artist who felt a need to share his pain about a frightening, horrible moment in Gainesville's history.
All images by Iryna Kanisheva. FOLLOW THIS LINK for the complete Gainseville Urban Art story.