Small scraps of butcher paper and the aroma of aerosol filled a Barracks Row alley today, as a mural took shape on a building’s wall.
Local artist Gregg Deal spent today stenciling and painting a two-tone mural titled, “Your Money For Nothing,” on a wall behind The Fridge art gallery at 516 1/2 8th St. SE.
Deal’s work is in association with the gallery’s upcoming show, “Hipster Fascism,” which also will display some of his painted work.
The mural is part of the “Square Series,” a collection of Deal’s work that addresses modern political and social issues, such as cultural appropriation and police brutality.
Works in the series “were just originally print pieces, but my hope was to create murals of them,” Deal said. “They’re two-color pieces, they stand out and they’re stylized almost like propaganda pieces that touch on the political and social feelings that everybody is having nowadays. I think it’s important to make statements that raise questions and have a dialogue about what these things may mean.”
Hipster Fascism’s opening reception at The Fridge is June 20 from 6 to 11 p.m. The art will remain on display until July 12.
Deal does not currently have plans for the location of his next mural, but said he’s open to suggestions.