For the past 5 years, Illegal? has left an imprint on the city of Las Cruces, literally. We will continue to push the cap on the can and produce beautiful vibrant murals that many will appreciate and techniques that others will never understand…
This year will kick off with an Indigenous perspective about ARROWSOUL at the 3rd annual IWOK conference on
THURSDAY May 5th, 2016 held at New Mexico State University.Guest Speakers, Live art and Hip Hop performances
More info TBA…
FRIDAY May 6th @ 5PM will be the gallery opening for PICTOGRAFF: The Art of Warprayer at The Branigan Cultural Center and Museum in downtown Las Cruces. Works by ILASH, RELEASE, WOAR 2 and many more New Mexico based artists.
SATURDAY… May 7th @ 9AM – 2PM will continue with PICTOGRAFF’s Live Art showcase outside the Museum of Art during the Farmers and Crafts Market with Mural installation by participating artists.
*Selected walls throughout Las Cruces will be painted by local and visiting artists all day.
SATURDAY EVENING May 7th 5PM – 11PM
ILLEGAL? ART SHOW & BATTLE @ Barricade Culture Shop
Gallery Opening / Reception
DJ’s & Live Performances TBA
STREET SKATE COMP
*for battles and walls contact Saba Wear
Good times traveling with the fam in our beautiful state! Thank you Native American Club of Western New Mexico University in Silver City and faculty that helped to create a presence of Indigenous Spirit in and around this institution. We had a great time inspiring the creative nature in all of us! Shout out to my dude Vicente Partido for taking the time to write this article! I was actually raised in Farmington, New Mexico and come from both Navajo and Jemez roots. Blessing and love to my family preparing for feast day tomorrow! We’ll be thinking of you!
Honored to be curating this #ArrowsoulArt event that will give create his and her stories in the city of #lascrucesnm. The power of color will be unleashed on the public Friday May 1st 2015 @westendartdepot 5pm. With #Homegrownm #NewMexico artists #NaniChacon #JayceeBeyale #RepOneTWS #KillaCamTWS Followed by a #Livepainting Showcase Saturday May 2nd 9am at the Branigan Cultural Center and Las Cruces Museum of Art.
What happened on this weekend….
On Friday May 1st my brother Jaycee Beyale made it to Las Cruces, New Mexico. With a plan in order to start the initial layout of him and Nani Chacon’s mural design. They were both scheduled to showcase and paint a mural for an event titled “Pictograff” at the Branigan Cultural Center. An event I was contracted to coordinate. With stipend I decided to fund more paint and find a privately owned wall located in the heart of Las Cruces. I wanted to bless the people with a full size cultural piece from 2 of New Mexico’s most respected muralists, Since we will be hosting them for a few days. I knew we would be able to finish 2 murals in 2 days with Aerosol as the medium.
While painting the background on Friday morning the workers from the Las Cruces visitors bureau arrived to find us beautifying they’re building. Seems the building owner, whom I had received permission from days earlier had become ill and was unable to relay message to tenants that we were to begin mural immediately. Therefore began to threaten us with vandalism charges and calling us criminals. Saying we had no permission to paint on a city run business without the proper juried “branding” process. Stating this mural has no significant reflection of the Las Cruces community.
During commotion the local newspaper caught wind that the city might be painting over the mural. Ran the story and in two days I say about morethan half of the Las Cruces population came out in support of the mural and flooded social media with positive and negative feedback of “Public Art” and why they want the mural to stay. We as artists did not expect this whole hurricane would come out of applying paint to a wall. At time we were unsure of ourselves and felt like we were not going to finish this project but continued to push thru the heat and with help from the community and a simple visit from a local elementary school we gathered all the energy needed and won the battle between Art & Business.
Its an honor to paint with this line-up of Artists, this weekend We will be headed up north to Des Moines, IA to beautify their city! The Next Revolution for Des Moines’s Arrowsoul’s out there bringing an array of color to a mostly Black & White World. Special shout out to my man Asphate Woodhavet of Maxilla Blue for the invite and his ninja abilities in creating swords out of irons in the fire. Hip Hop will continue if there are more heads out there listening to his music.
“A graf event like Color Codes isn’t a gallery exhibit with a static display of art. People are painting large scale on walls, trucks and shipping containers outdoors — with their creations happening in real time. You get to experience everything coming alive.” – ‘PHATE
Why do we care about things?
In early 2014 I was contacted by the Rev. Erik, Coming out of Washington D.C. He was visiting El Paso and had some time to come out and learn some screen printing and check out the West End Art Depot. So we linked up and had a really good conversation! Because one person in the conversation was clear across the country, Osa…
Bigup and Thanks Rev. Erik & Osa of Sanctuaries for capturing and repping on the East Coast!
They say things happen in 3’s (Taa’) I guess we’ll have to see these things happen on Saturday February 22nd, 2014. We celebrate an artform that has been practiced for thousands of years in this very intersection to the south. We have always used the walls as a way to communicate in different times! So we come together again during the month of love. Bringing with us beautiful colors for the spring season!
This year will beheld at the West End Art Depot again and also throughout the town at various locations. The battles start when the sun breaks the Organ Mountains and will last all day till 5pm. There after a feast at WEAD for the artist that have participated. Soundchecks and Art hanging session will take place in the Gallery until opening doors at 8pm. Gallery and wallspace available by request at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you bring pieces in before Feb. They will be involved for our 1st Friday Gallery Opening.