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Windows of Soul – How Art Takes Back a Street – US1 Newspaper

Reprinted from the September 19, 2012, issue of U.S. 1 Newspaper
Windows of Soul – How Art Takes Back a Street
by Dan Aubrey
The decaying facades of one of downtown Trenton’s oldest blocks will be transformed into an outdoor art gallery when a group of motivated artists — and art loving volunteers — join forces during three days of art, education, and urban beautification from Friday to Sunday, September 21 through 23.
Dubbed Windows of Soul, the event to return life to the 200 block of Hanover Street is the brainchild of Trenton based artists Will “Kasso” Condry and Leon Rainbow. The two muralists, who work together and independently, devised the project after nearly a decade of successfully creating scores of murals throughout the city.
Says Rainbow, “Two years ago me and ‘Kasso’ got the idea to paint over the boarded up parts of the
abandoned buildings. We really want to do the whole city.”
Rainbow’s goal is no exaggeration and is already in gear.
Over the past several years the two artists, along with other artists of mixed background and race,
decided that there was too much decay and not enough art. Instead of complaining or accepting it, the
artists launched an offensive against urban blight with an arsenal of talent, creativity, humanity, and
aerosol paint. Continue reading Windows of Soul – How Art Takes Back a Street – US1 Newspaper

Paint For The Cure

It was my pleasure to work with Mrs. G’s and the Susan G. Koman Foundation. Myself and 5 selected students painted fridges to raise awareness for breast cancer awareness.

http://blog.mrsgs.com/index.php/2011/paint-our-fridge-pink-contest-for-susan-g-komen-of-centralsouth-jersey/

Featured in Trenton Times
Featured in Trenton Times

http://www.nj.com/times-opinion/index.ssf/2011/10/pumpkin_weekend_at_local_farms.html

Completed Fridge
My Completed Fridge

 

Alum Leon Rainbow Thanks Mercer for Helping Him Shape Colorful Art Career

West Windsor, N.J. – As one of Trenton’s premiere street artists, MCCC alumnus Leon Rainbow ’01 (A.A., Computer Graphics) has the joy of seeing his art prominently displayed on the walls of TerraCycle, a recycling center on New York Avenue. His vast portfolio also includes fine and commercial art, including commissioned pieces and murals for private homes. He was recently profiled in the summer 2011 edition of Princeton Magazine in an article entitled “Writing on the Wall” by Anne Levin. (Read article here.)

Rainbow vividly recalls playing with colorful Bristol Blocks as a young child under the watchful eye of his mother, whom he describes as “an artistic soul.” Years later, Rainbow’s creative inclinations really began to surface as he watched movies about subway graffiti such as “Beat Street,” “Style Wars,” and “Wild Style.” “I was hooked. Part of it was the colors,” he says.

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Interviewed on Madlights Blog

ML:  Can you tell us a little bit about the backdrop here?

LR:  The “Big Head” was a real fun piece for me. I love incorporating the environment into my pieces. I came around the corner taking a pee break one day and I was like damn those windows could be glasses.

ML:  What influences your art the most?

LR:  I think that my environment really influences my art. Living in an urban place like Trenton keeps things real for me.  I try to keep a little grit in all my pieces.  Also, painting with different people really teaches me a lot.  I have learned most of what I know from other graffiti artists.

ML:  Do you enjoy collaborating with other artists?

LR:  I really like to collaborate with different artists.  It makes it fun and when done well it brings the strengths and styles of different artists together to create a stronger piece of art than could be done alone. One thing I have learned from years of collaborating is that not everyone can work together.  It helps to have similar artistic visions or a willingness to be open minded and adaptive.

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