“Learn to embrace change, and you’ll begin to recognize that life is in constant motion and every change happens for a reason. When you see boundaries as opportunities, the world becomes a limitless place. “

A few months ago I found myself painting in a forgotten place. Without permission. as it normally goes when you have a bag of spray paint in hand. The list of reasons these places attract me is long, not on this list however, is a chance to encounter the owners of said places. Nevertheless, that was my fate this past May. While painting a blinking Tupac:

“You aren’t who I think you are?”

“I don’t know, who do you think I am?”

“This BE guy?” ( pointing to the other paintings in the room )

long pause.

“If so I’ve been trying to get in contact with you, we’re about to tear this building down, but we want to talk to you about painting on the new one.”

 

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Somewhere between there and here, I threw a hail mary pass, and asked, if I could organize an exhibit, would they allow one to take place. The short answer was yes, but only after throwing the same pass to Prospect 3, and then to some of the best, most active street artists in the city. RONE’s chance visit to New Orleans helped as well. Every step of the process, key people began to step with me.

Fast forward to November 15th. 30+ artists and 720 spray paint cans later, Exhibit BE opened to the public.  On that day 2,500 people circulated through that once forgotten space. Even after seeing the organic success of Project Be , I had no idea this crazy idea would manifest this way.

“It always seems impossible until its done.” – Nelson Mandela 

There is much more to say about the development of Exhibit BE that will be shared in upcoming posts. For one, I was told that it would be very difficult to organize a bunch of  lone-wolf artists, and it was. Also how the context of the space began to, rightfully so, dominate the narrative. And how the kindness of others helped light the way when the road got dark…

At the end of the day when the bulldozers come and demolish whats left of the paint filled walls, I hope to stand proud with the rest of the artists. Life gives you lemons, you make lemonade.

Peace and Happiness.

-Bmike

 

 

 

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