For those new to street art, you may not be familiar with the work of NohJColey. The artist creates sculptural works as well as wheatpastes throughout New York, often dealing with themes of racism as well as portraits of people he knows. He last held a solo exhibition at Weldon Arts; the space was transformed with pieces set under bottles, fences adhered to walls, and patterned stencils.
Rising star Awol Erizku, has attained plenty of art world accolades over the past few years, the latest of which is graduating from the Yale School of Art’s MFA program. Before he departs New Haven, Erizku has curated a show of all of the artists of color currently in the program, something he says has never been done before.
Titled “13 Artists,” the exhibition features the work of David Alekhuogie, Joseph Buckley, Jordan Casteel, Brandon Cox, Aaron Fowler, Genevieve Gaignard, Andrew Hawkes, Lauren Halsey,Hannah Price, Tschabalala Self, Devan Shimoyama, Samantha Vernon, and Erizku. The short show is at the Yale School of Art’s student experimental space: 24/6 Gallery .
We recently met with Brooklyn based painter and street artist, Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, whose “Stop Telling Women to Smile” campaign has turned into a global movement. Tatyana started wheat pasting her art on walls as a response to street harassment.
WA: When did you begin putting your art on the street? What was the response?
TF: I started the project about a year ago and the response has been really good. It went from a fun thing I did by myself to getting national attention. A lot of women are supportive and appreciative and wanting to help out, so it’s turned into a community thing.
WA: How do you choose your subjects?
TF: I started by asking friends and women in my circle. But now that it’s grown, I put out an open call. I take photos of the women and work from there. I also look for women whom I may not have included before. I recently painted an Asian woman and I thought that was important. I want to represent diverse voices.
WA: Have you always been an artist?
TF: I’ve been an artist my entire adult life. I discovered my talent for drawing in high school. So I went to art school and started painting in oil.
Tatyana Fazlalizadeh’s show, “Stop Telling Women to Smile”, opens on March 7th at Betti Ono Gallery in Oakland and runs through April 19th.