"When asked why an owl, Golden simply replied, “ I’m obsessed with birds.” But his fascination with owl imagery began in 2007. The indigenous history behind these nocturnal birds of prey and the folklore attached to them appeals to Golden in a special way, particularly because of his Native-American descent."
Brooks Golden, painted an owl on the 16 Street wall beneath the railroad tracks near Paulina. Chicago Alderman Danny Solis, is stepping up a campaign to use public art to combat crime and graffiti. Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Scott Stewart~Sun Times
Brooks Golden, a 38-year-old studio artist from Pilsen, finished painting a mural of a giant owl head last week at 16th and Paulina at the request of the alderman’s staff.
“It felt great. It gives me the opportunity to share the work with the community, which is probably the most satisfying. I got pretty much nothing but positive feedback from all the neighbors,” Golden said Wednesday.
“There are movements all over Europe where whole sides of buildings have been given to artists. Here, I always felt the city had a problem with art on walls. It’s a stigma attached to graffiti. This is the first time I’ve seen artists approached to paint in communities like this large-scale murals of their choosing.”
If the mural movement can somehow spread citywide, Golden said it would “bring people from around the world to Chicago to take pictures ….It’s kind of hard to believe we haven’t done this already.”
And why the head of an owl?
“It’s my favorite iconic animal,” Golden said. “I love the way they look. I love the way they fly silently, their solitary nature. They make for a pretty intimidating animal.”
Chicago street artists Brooks Golden and Nice–One have had a long and varied history producing artwork for display in the public arena.
An important figure in the Chicago street art/graffiti community, artist Brooks Golden explores our distinct American footprint by using acombination of folk, tribal–based and other visual symbolism to promote a sense of humor and allegory. In a 2011 interview with Sixty Inches From Center, Golden stated:
"I don’t think there is a big distinction between actual graffiti and streetart—it is all the same. It is all a pure expression of whatever thoughts or ideas you want to express. There are different roads to that same kind of thinking, some people come to graffiti [the spray painting route] and some people come from the art making, wheat pasting, stencil artist, creative side of that and they meet in the middle and they are both doing something that is technically for the law’s sake, that is not acceptable… It is all just an extension of being an artist without parameters."
A 2009 graduate of Columbia College, Nice–One is a street artist whose humorous and satirical characters can be spotted flying or driving in unexpected places around our urban landscape. All are identifiable by his signature scuba goggles and many, many colors. The two artists collaborated to create this original installation for the Library.
The artists, with guest curator Oscar Arriola, will discuss the making of their large-scale installation as well as the meaning and method of street art as art without parameters in their Artist Talk. Arriola has been documenting graffiti and street art since the late 1980’s and worked as a photographer on Chicago Rocks magazine. Many of the magazines and artworks in this exhibition are from his personal collection. A lifelong Chicagoan, Arriola has been with the Chicago Public Library for 20 years. He curates art exhibitions in Chicago and shows his photographic work nationally.(from :http://www.chicagotalks.org/2012/07/06/25333/)
I created DIPSTK "art band", and DIPSTK is a fictional band that is helping me explore my love and infatuation with the late 80s including but mostly punk rock, skateboarding and heavy metal.