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Wall Therapy 2017 Under Way! Local-Heavy Artist Roster Brings Spirit of Community to Rochester

Wall Therapy 2017 Under Way! Local-Heavy Artist Roster Brings Spirit of Community to Rochester

With a theme of “Art and Activism”, the 2017 edition of Wall\Therapy is happening mid-summer in Rochester with local and national artists coming to complete murals that keep people in mind. More of a grassroots mural festival than many, this one works to deepen engagement with the community through new programming intended to connect residents of all ages. BSA is happy to support Wall\Therapy again this year and we invite you to take a look at a people-powered organization that continues to keep it real.


Aubrey Roemer, La Morena, Roc Paint Division, Sarah Rutherford, and Todd Stahl have already begun work with gusto (!) on their walls as the 2017 edition of Wall\Therapy gets into full swing right now in the city of Rochester in northwestern New York State.

Sarah Rutherford at work for Wall Therapy 2017. Rochester, NY. (photo © Mark Deff)

Begun by Dr. Ian Wilson a handful of years ago and joined by professional partner Erich Lehman as co-producer, the community level interventions of murals throughout the city have been a metaphorical analogue to the medical programs he has championed, including providing high-tech teleradiology services to underserved communities here and abroad. Thinking of artists as healers and artworks as a kind of therapy for a community, Wall\Therapy takes on a unique personality among the mural festivals that are currently happening in cities around the world.

Sarah Rutherford. Work in progress. Wall Therapy 2017. Rochester, NY. (photo © Mark Deff)

This years’ collection of artists is keeping it very local, with a few exceptions from elsewhere in the US. Organizers say they are looking to deepen their engagement with Rochester’s communities through new programming intended to connect Rochester residents of all ages and all walks of life – including a new conference component. “Arts & Activism” will feature speakers and panels organized around topics like social change, community activism, and creative practice.

Todd Stahl. Wall Therapy 2017. Rochester, NY. (photo © Lisa Barker)

No doubt many will be interested in the keynote on Saturday by Dr. Jessica Pabón-Colón, Assistant Professor for Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at SUNY New Paltz. She’ll be talking about her upcoming book “Graffiti Grrlz: Performing Feminism in the Hip Hop Diaspora” and she’ll examine how contemporary street and graffiti art movements have responded critically to the demands of the creative neoliberal city, with examples of works to provoke thought on the relationship between aesthetics and politics.

Todd Stahl at work for Wall Therapy 2017. Rochester, NY. (photo © Jason Wilder)

Over the next week BSA will be bringing you progress shots and finished walls in this community-centric, volunteer infused festival that merges the aesthetics of community murals with the influences of today’s Street Art scene.

Wall\Therapy 2017 artists include Aubrey Roemer, La Morena, Todd Stahl, Ian Kuali’I, Sarah C. Rutherford, Jess X Snow, Sean 9 Lugo, and Roc Paint Division.

Our very special thanks to photographers Mark Deff, Lisa Barker, Jason Wilder, and Thomas Flint for sharing their images of the action for BSA readers.

Roc Paint Division at work for Wall Therapy 2017. Rochester, NY. (photo © Lisa Barker)

Roc Paint Division at work for Wall Therapy 2017. Rochester, NY. (photo © Mark Deff)

Aubrey Roemer at work for Wall Therapy 2017. Rochester, NY. (photo © Tomas Flint)

Aubrey Roemer at work for Wall Therapy 2017. Rochester, NY. (photo © Josh Saunders)

Aubrey Roemer with some little help for Wall Therapy 2017. Rochester, NY. (photo © Jason Wilder)

Aubrey Roemer work in progress for Wall Therapy 2017. Rochester, NY. (photo © Mark Deff)

Lucinda at work for Wall Therapy 2017. Rochester, NY. (photo © Jason Wilder)

Lucinda at work for Wall Therapy 2017. Rochester, NY. (photo © Josh Saunders)

Lucinda work in progress for Wall Therapy 2017. Rochester, NY. (photo © Mark Deff)

La Morena at work for Wall Therapy 2017. Rochester, NY. (photo © Ted Wong)

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Sarah Rutherford and Mr. PRVRT “From the Ruins” in Rochester

Sarah Rutherford and Mr. PRVRT “From the Ruins” in Rochester

When we were in Rochester for Wall\Therapy in July we also caught a new mural going up by local artists Sarah Rutherford and Mr. Prvrt, who have witnessed the fall of some of the city’s titans falter and present this overview possessed with sadness and hope. Titled “From the Ruins” the mural depicts a handful of architectural features and landmarks associated with the city which just witnessed the demolition of an iconic building in the “Kodak Complex” downtown.

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Sarah Rutherford and Mr. PRVRT. Rochester, NY. July 2015 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Also included are the Art Deco inspired “Wings of Progress” atop one of the city’s most notable skyline features the Depression era Times Square building by archtitects Voorhees, Gmelin and Walker . The artists intend to pay tribute: “The concept echos what is happening in Rochester, especially the downtown,” says Rutherford, “by taking pieces from the rubble and rebuilding a new structure and city.”

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Sarah Rutherford and Mr. PRVRT. Rochester, NY. July 2015 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Sarah Rutherford and Mr. PRVRT. Rochester, NY. July 2015 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Sarah Rutherford and Mr. PRVRT. Rochester, NY. July 2015 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Sarah Rutherford and Mr. PRVRT. Rochester, NY. July 2015 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Sarah Rutherford and Mr. PRVRT. Rochester, NY. July 2015 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Sarah Rutherford and Mr. PRVRT. Rochester, NY. July 2015 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Sarah Rutherford and Mr. PRVRT. Rochester, NY. July 2015 (photo © Mark Deff)

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Sarah Rutherford and Mr. PRVRT. Rochester, NY. July 2015. CLICK ON PHOTO TO ENLARGE. (photo © Mark Deff)

 

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Images Of The Week: 11.24.13

Images Of The Week: 11.24.13

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Here is our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring Ainac, Bunny M, F. Caba, Kitty Kitty, Mgr Mors, Mr. Styles, Mr. Prvrt, Mr. Toll, Never, Owen Dippie, Reka, Sarah Rutherford, SheWolf, Veng RWK, and Zimer.

Top Image >> Reka at The Bushwick Collective. If grasshoppers were invited to Burning Man we imagine this is how they would look:-) (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Owen Dippie at Low Brow Artique. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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SheWolf (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Mgr Mors & Mr Styles in Poland. (photo © Mgr Mors)

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Mr. PRVRT and Sarah Rutherford collaborate at The Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Mr. Prvrt and Sarah Rutherford. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Kitty Kitty (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Knock On Wood (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Zimer at Low Brow Artique. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Ainac (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Mr. Toll (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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bunny M (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Veng RWK at The Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Never paints a cicada at The Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Untitled. 14th Street Subway Station. NYC, NY. (sculpture by Tom Otterness) (photo © Jaime Rojo)

 

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