Art preview: Urban Scrawl 7 revels in the sometimes-messy creative process

By Andy Downing
From the August 15, 2013 edition

The vibe of this annual arts event, which first launched in 2006 and has since expanded to a two-day extravaganza, is best summed up in a Yelp review from August 2012. “Urban Scrawl is an amazing experience,” a user wrote. “It is dirty and dusty and smelly in all the good ways.”

While many art showings revel in the finished product, a large portion of Urban Scrawl focuses on the sometimes-messy creative process, with artists crafting colorful, large-scale murals on 4-foot by 8-foot panels of oriented strand board. Finished pieces are then sealed and mounted on buildings in Franklinton or auctioned off at Go West! o raise money for arts grants outreach programs.

In addition to the participating artists, the event also features live breakdancers and an impressive roster of local DJs and musicians, including Counterfeit Madison, Coal Fired Bicycle and DOMES. A full roster of performers is available on the event’s Facebook site.

Photo by Michael M. Ware