What (graffiti art) goes up, must come down


By Christine Devine

Graffiti, gone. The public has less than a week to catch a street art exhibition at a Huntington Beach gallery. The 'On The Wall' art is set to come off the walls.

VIDEO ABOVEOne on one profiles with artists: Thanks One, Fearo153, Mice of Millions, and Black Light King.

The exhibition at the Huntington Beach Art Center ends August 29th. The two-story white walls with their colorful works will soon be painted over.

The concept of destroying art would be heartbreaking in most instances. With graffiti art it's the norm. Artists in the show say that's the nature of street art.

For now, the walls are adorned with striking spray can artwork. It was a first of its kind for the city-run gallery.

Director Kate Hoffman acknowledges the nature of some graffiti art and its ties to illegal or "unapproved" projects as she calls it. She also calls what's on her walls "fine art." Fearo153 says there is a difference between tagging and street art. 

Some of the artists come with creative names like Paradox, Paka, Spaz12, and Trixter. Black Light King keeps his identity secret. You'll also see works by Eric Stone, Melody, and Phil Roberts. Thanks One and Swannist are active with the Venice Art Walls and giving kids a safe place to paint.  Artist 'Mice of Millions, Jamie Johnson, curated the show.  He says whether you like street art or not "it's a talent."

With his works about to be erased, Fearo153 laughs and says "take a picture." We did just that and interviewed a few of the artists.

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