Once a graffiti artist, Coolidge's sparse, commercial and surreal style, design and colors proved popular in the city. His penchant for contriving controversy to generate publicity has paid off and he is presently doing well commercially. This week he is in Creative Loafing's "Under 25" listicle of up and coming local phenoms.
|Mural by Sebastian Coolidge|
This mural is in the N alley of Central Ave in the 500 block. Someone wrote over it the words "Ya Lie". It was sprayed with a Wal Mart non-fat cap black, and carefully disguising the user's signature style, which means it was another street artist. But look closer...the write-over was very carefully placed to minimize damage to the mural. Had it been three feet higher or lower and to the left, repairs would be prohibitive.
At the height of the corrosive controversy Coolidge created on the 600 block, when people were openly plotting against the property manager and his employee, I remember sitting in the back of a gallery (names witheld to protect the guilty) when I was informed that if Coolidge's mural was covered over (it later was), that "This means war" when I asked what that meant, I was informed that another artists' three murals would be written over in retaliation. They ended up holding a meeting at Blue Lucy in an attempt to get Kosharek fired, but failed to do so.
I think this is a warning shot, not an all-out war. The intent was not to irrepairably damage the work, but to serve notice. Whatever the intent, I hope it can be resolved in a less destructive manner.
|Work by Sebastian Coolidge, writing by unknown.|
It must be said that when Kyle/Sebastian was doing illegal graffiti, that he wrote over other's work. Somewhere in the dusty archives of the blog, I have pictures of it. I called the person he did it to to confirm my recollection of it. Karma is a bitch.
PS. I would love to interview the person who wrote over this mural -- anonymously. If interested, please contact me through e-mail or an intermediary.