Moving Forward: A Solo Exhibition of Works by Mikie Banks 


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Alias Gallery and Store

Opening its doors this fall, Alias Gallery and Store features urban “street art” at the street level of the Murphy Arts Building. Street art is developed for and put out into public spaces by artists (as opposed to public art approved by committees) and usually has a current of activism or subversion. Gallery Manager Mike Mayer patiently educated me about varying street artists and their media: stickers, posters, videos, street installations and stencil graffiti, for instance. coallus, aka Mikie Banks of Pensacola, Fla., is featured this month. His spray-painted stencil portraits of mostly iconic faces — Elvis, Charlie Chaplin, Vincent Price, etc. — owe much to screenprinted works by Pop artists such as Andy Warhol; maybe a bit too much. coallus’ flat compositions varied little from one to the next and seemingly did not convey much new or insightful information. They might speak more outside a gallery setting and juxtaposed with existing graphics and scenarios within the public realm. One charmer is an oil portrait, “happy accident,” capturing the formulaic landscape painting and large Afro of TV’s how-to painter Bob Ross. Stop by Alias next month for what looks to be a compelling artist book exhibition. Through Nov. 23., 317-352-0668.


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