Overunder with Flying Metal Gates in Cleveland for “Zoetic Walls”

OverUnder is swinging through Cleveland with his flying pull down gates, upside downy paper birds, bolts of bending flat energy, and circling blue DNA balls of cytosine. The visual dictionary that OU consults regularly for his street symbols varies and grows but often it pops with these metal gates that you’ll find throughout commercial strip malls and city streets after business closes.

For him they are a magnet – and his dream state must be swirling with these ubiquitous rolling metal gates that seem to invite some artists and writers to hit them up with tags and throwies and scraps of poetry and other little bits of mark-making. Ironically perhaps, the same metal gates have also been used to protect Banksy pieces. By recreating them with their original art or markings, he is preserving them and copying that piece of urban visual language into another neighborhood, even another city.

 

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Overunder at work. Zoetic Walls. Cleveland, Ohio. May 2014. (photo © Pawn Works)

These new walls are part of Zoetic Walls – a project that Pawn Works has been intermittently and quietly facilitating for muralists around forgotten areas of Cleveland for a little over a year. “We have had the honor of curating our own little world of murals free of hype, thus far,” says Nick Marzullo of Pawn Works.

“We have started our 2014 Cleveland work with OverUnder. By leaving the existing brick to be used as the fill for his iconic paper birds, OverUnder created this high concept piece in Cleveland’s Historic Ohio City neighborhood,” he says.

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Overunder. Detail. Zoetic Walls. Cleveland, Ohio. May 2014. (photo © Pawn Works)

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Overunder. Detail. Zoetic Walls. Cleveland, Ohio. May 2014. (photo © Pawn Works)

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Overunder. Process shot. Zoetic Walls. Cleveland, Ohio. May 2014. (photo © Pawn Works)

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Overunder. Zoetic Walls. Cleveland, Ohio. May 2014. (photo © Pawn Works)

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Overunder. Cleveland, Ohio. May 2014. (photo © Pawn Works)

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Overunder. Cleveland, Ohio. May 2014. (photo © Pawn Works)

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Is this a reference to Naughty by Nature? Overunder. Cleveland, Ohio. May 2014. (photo © Pawn Works)

 

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