New Houston Museum Gives Graffiti Its Space As An Art Form
Graffiti has long been associated with vandalism and gangs, but a group in Houston hopes to change that perception with the opening of a new museum dedicated to fringe art.
His legal name is Mario Figueroa, Jr. But many folks know the graffiti artist better as GONZO247. From the outside, his studio just south of downtown Houston blends into the rest of the old strip center. On one side, there’s a bail bonds office. On the other end, a Cajun restaurant.Figueroa's empty spray paint can collection. Luckily, he recycles them.But inside, it’s a reverie of color. The concrete floor is splattered with dried spray paint. In the corner stand shelves of hundreds of used spray cans. On the walls hang canvases of graffiti in colors ranging from bright fuchsia and tangerine orange, to sky blue.Right now, it’s also the temporary location of the newly-announced Graffiti and Street Art Museum of Texas. It’s the first of its kind in Houston, but Figueroa says the original museums are everywhere.“The streets in general have already acted as a natural museum to this art form,” Figueroa says... Listen to the radio news clip or view full story click here.
Also picked-up by the Texas Standard