You couldn’t look at Jason’s drawings and not be compelled to draw.
Two heartfelt tributes to an inspirational artist:
Draw whatever you want, by Austin Kleon
No One Looked at New York Like Jason Polan, by Jerry Saltz
I pass this tag everyday. I’m surprised it hasn’t been wiped away yet.
It looks like a motorbike from the future jumping off the past.
There’s no seat. You magnetically hover above the frame.
There’s no handlebars. You steer by telepathy.
But this is where we’re headed.
The Magic Kingdom is a city all it’s own.
Bridges rise and fall. Smooth, paved, concrete roads twist through the four Disney burroughs: Fantasyland, Frontierland, Tomorrowland, and Adventure land.
It has it own barber shop. It’s own Main Street. And the Walt Disney World railroad provides it’s citizens with a well run public transportation system.
Walt don’t play either. All trains run on schedule.
As with any vibrant city though, street art is everywhere.
Hand painted signs. Tiled tapestries. Sculptures.
Walt Disney’s love of art lives well beyond the animation table.
Hand painted signs needn’t always be majestic, 8-bit thunderbirds.
They can be six, bold, black letters adorning a concrete wall.
As the art critic Jerry Saltz says:
But for almost its entire history, art has been a verb, something that does things to or for you, that makes things happen.
How to be an Artist 33 Rules to take you from clueless amateur to generational talent (or at least help you live life a little more creatively). Vulture Guides, Nov. 27, 2018, Jerry Saltz
Art can simply exist to do something for you. Like reminding you you’re outside the office.
47 years of Plano skating madness.
Of referees skating backwards.
Of youth group events and birthday parties.
Of Roller Derbys and makeout sessions.
But most of all, it’s 47 years of that irresistible, hand painted, 8-bit Atari graphics Thunderbird logo.
It’s street art at it’s best. It’s street art SMT:
Simple. Memorable. Timeless.
Ok. SMT is not a thing, but since the moment I drove past it, the Thunderbird logo nested into my memory.
It’s piece of Plano, nigh Dallas history.
I was transfixed.
I’m always on the hunt for street art, but I wasn’t expecting any pieces at the polished Shops At Legacy. But then I turned the corner.
My senses were lifted. Kelsey’s lines and paints transformed a drab garage door into an explosive, 2D winged flower bed.
I’d never heard of Kelsey Montague before. My experience is most street artists don’t leave their name behind for all to see.
But I’m glad she did. My eyes keep focusing on the two blue flowers towards the bottom center. The red starfish stigmas and the pink splattered petals won’t let me turn my gaze.
My only hope is closing firefox.
Discover more about Kelsey and her work at: Kelsey Montague Art
This piece felt like half cave painting, half totem pole.
But when I did a quick look-up of totem poles, I was reminded they were intricate carvings.
Test your first assumptions.