PlacerArts invited the Auburn Hip Hop Congress to show off on every surface of The Arts Building in Auburn. Visual artists Pierre Butler, Joshua Rose Daniels, Douglas Kleinsmith, Jonas Lynch, Duston Michado, Mike “Dr. Myk” Santori, Kai Vittore, Archie Warren, and Leon “AC” Willis took over the building and created a visual explosion. Visitors from San Francisco to Lake Tahoe can stop by The Arts Building in Auburn to experience Writing on Walls, featuring the works of nine regional aerosol artists. Representing various neighborhoods or “crews”, the nine joined forces to bring art normally produced in the dark of night into The Arts Building for you to enjoy in the light of day.
Crewmember, Sacramento Artist Kai Vittore, remembers working with graffiti letters as a child growing up in Hawaii. He is inspired by working with other artists, “When I hang out with very talented artists and I see what they are doing it makes me want to be apart of the hip hop culture that I grew up on, to see an ugly abandon building that is wasting away makes me want to bring it back to life with loud colors and some fresh lines…thats hip hop baby, makin’ somethin’ out of nothin’! “
Departing from the framed and mounted, “Crew WOW” works any surface into art. Techniques include use of aerosol paint and permanent markers, with various spray heads and tips, and high and low pressure, which produce a diversity of graphic effects. The installation demonstrates a range of free expression, style and color, employing personal and public symbols, icons and messages, which move, entertain, and provide social commentary.
As part of the Writing on Walls experience, Hip Hop Congress and Placer Arts 360 are hosting Spit Fresh – Open Mike Poetry Reading featuring poets and performers from Auburn Hip Hop Congress in The Arts Building from 4PM to 8PM on Thursday the 23rd of February.