An international and local muralist who use street art as a foundation for their aesthetic are being recognized by the City of Los Angeles for their contributions.
It shows a growing change in how graffiti based works have shifted out from under a general definition of illegal tagging during a time when the city is forming new mural ordinances.
New Zealand’s Elliot O’Donnell, a.k.a. AskewOne, just completed a new mural for Los Angeles and Sister Cities Program, part of LALA Gallery’s inaugural show, “LA Freewalls Inside" being held this Saturday, April 21. During the opening, O’Donnell will be presented with a city proclamation naming O’Donnell as a “Cultural Stewardship Ambassador to the Sister Cities program.”
On Friday, June 15, Alex Poli, aka Man One, will be honored by City Hall for his mural and street art career, plus the 10 year anniversary of his gallery, Crewest, which showcases graffiti based works in Gallery Row, as recently covered at KCET. Man One's gallery will mark the anniversary with an exhibition "Mission Accomplished" from May 5 to 27. Crewest was founded with a mission statement to "legitimatize graffiti art" while "simultaneously educating the broader art community."
After the jump: AskewOne (Elliot O’Donnell) with new mural from original post. Photo by Todd Mazer