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Student Profiled in Urbanite Cover Story

Street Artist Gaia '11 Recognized for Contribution to Visual Baltimore

Posted 11.01.10 by mica communications

Gaia street art

MICA interdisciplinary sculpture/printmaking concentration student Gaia '11 was profiled in the October issue of Urbanite magazine as the front-page feature story. In The Oracle, writer Elizabeth Evitts Dickinson says "Gaia's lustrous images could stand on their own, but placed in the urban landscape they take on new meaning." His imagery, portraits of animals and obscure characters that deliver a specific message for their destination, have become staples of Baltimore's art scene, but can be seen everywhere from San Francisco to Seoul, Korea, where he traveled with MICA faculty member Mina Cheon this summer.

UPDATE: A Washington Post article from Dec. 3 highlights Gaia's work in a show at the Irvine Gallery.

According to the article, it is man's complicated relationship to the city and the environment that first drew Gaia to produce street art as a high school senior. "Growing up in New York, I personally felt like I never had a connection to nature; it was so distant and idealistic," he says. "My generation is experiencing the globalized world and its effects. There is the feeling that the trajectory we are on is not sustainable, yet I feel bound to this monstrous system."

The article continues: The abandoned relics of the city are the perfect vehicles for Gaia's message. "Baltimore's been a fantastic canvas, which is sad because ultimately my work wouldn't exist if there wasn't any neglected space," he says. "What that neglected space allows for is a certain freedom and grassroots, democratic, public space. The artist has full agency, and there aren't any boundaries or obstacles for an artist to produce work."

To read the Urbanite profile, click here.

Gaia was also honored last month in the City Paper for the city's Best Street Art (click here to read the story). He was praised for creating imagery that has become "an exciting component of the city's changing facades." Metropolis magazine wrote about Gaia in a "Letter from Baltimore" piece in May.