Ever wonder what to do with that phone book at the end of the drive?  Performance Artist Jonas Lynch has an answer that may surprise you – use them as canvas!

The unusual work of Jonas Lynch and nine local graffiti artists will be on display at The Art Building in Auburn through March 17th.  His dynamic, high-contrast style was on display last week at The Art Building as he performed during Reggae Family Night, part of the Writing on Walls show in cooperation with Auburn Hip Hop Congress.

…And if you have any extra phone books lying around, please bring them for Jonas – who knows how much longer they’ll be around.

Starting in 2005, Jonas has worked as a live-painting performance artist first performing for Al Howard & the K23 Orchestra, which led him to other design work for local concert venues and finally his signature style of high-contrast portraits utilizing recycled telephone book clippings as the background for musicians and other iconic figures. The concept of his work is that these particular figures are who they are because of the people behind them… the people in the phone book become the image of the artist.

Every time Jonas gets a chance to meet an artist that moves him, he paints two of the same portrait of that artist. He gives one to the artist as a gift, and the second is signed by the artist and put into his collection of autographed portraits which now includes such greats as: George Clinton, Erykah Badu, Snoop Dogg, and many more.

Writing on Walls includes works by Jonas Lynch and local graffiti artists and is on display at The Arts Building, 808 Lincoln Way, through March 17th (closed Mondays).  For additional information about gallery times and location:  http://www.placerarts.org.