This Friday November 4th, The Fourth Wall project is hosting the open reception for The Anonymous Boston Project that features work by artists who address the issue of urban community violence namely amongst young adults or children. The exhibit was inspired by the Mattapan Massacre, a tragic shooting that left a 22 year old mother and her 2 year old son dead on the side walk just last September.
The online media coverage of this tragedy allowed insensitive and destructive anonymous comments to appear: “one less mouth on welfare” and “what can you expect from ghetto trash”. Anonymous Boston works to combat the racist and oppressive ideologies encouraged by this anonymous discourse of hate.
Freelance artists, Thomas B. Kwest, creates work that is deeply rooted in the urban experience, commenting on themes of oppression, love, freedom, history and heritage.
Kwest draws on his refined skills as a collage and graffiti artist to create expressively energetic murals that communicate his experience using the visual language of everyday life. His subject matter frequently consists of city street scenes, city scapes and common people.
Kwest has painted murals for schools and youth programs, and a live painting events as a means of uplifting inspiration for the community.
Ernesto “Eroc” Arroyo has been described as “the people’s photographer” as much of his subject matter revolves around individual people and their personalities. With his photography, Ernesto depicts the “elusive feeling of becoming one”. He is known to have a knack for showing his subjects another side of themselves.
Ernesto has traveled world-wide with the Foundation Movement, allowing great insight into the social justice of outside cultures.
As a poet, musician and photographer, student, teacher, father, son, and brother, Ernesto himself has many facets to his identity. Raised in Boston, Ernesto’s work relates to the overall thesis of the exhibit because his work reflects both negatives and positives of urban life.
[Fri 11.4.11. Fourth Wall Project. 132 Brookline Ave., Boston. 7pm-9pm/free. Until Sat 11.19.11. Wed–Sun, 1pm–7pm. anonymousbostonproject.com]