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B-Side Artists Sell Out

Local street art crew takes root and bears fruit

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Despite growth and success and a new, wider audience, the work remains edgy and urban. Tall, handsome Mark "Tr3" Harris creates highly textured skateboards rich with Native American symbolism. Delicate earthtone shapes, white symbolic writing and mythical images from Tr3's inner lexicon interweave on a black base, making these decks into totems. Halsi Helfrich, a recent recruit and video artist, began as a student in middle school and at only 15 has earned his chops enough to exhibit along with the veterans.

Swamburger's latest commission is a luminous, sinewy male figure in the center of a large canvas, busting apart his chains, crying for freedom, his huge workers' hands clenched against the white-collar towers of the city behind him. The street-art feel is highly refined and taken to a sophisticated level, its rawness disguised within subtle, transparent blues and reds, yet it comes through in the black edges and outlines of the buildings.

This man "is fighting for his voice to be heard," Swam says. It's pretty hard not to interpret the image as symbolic of something in his life or that of his friends, but the B-Side Artists are most definitely coming through loud and clear.

B-Side ArtistsSell Out

opening 6-9 p.m.
Thursday, June 21
exhibit through July 23
CityArts Factory
29 S. Orange Ave.

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