Detail of a Broken Crow/Overunder mural in progress in Brooklyn last week
It's official: the Minneapolis art duo Broken Crow -- John Grider and Mike Fitzsimmons -- will be creating a gigantic stencil mural on the exterior of Shuga Records (formerly the Minnesota Center for Photography) in Northeast Minneapolis. While the store doesn't open 'til June 1, the pair will be transforming the massive west wall of the building during this weekend's Art-a-Whirl festival. Broken Crow's John Grider tells me that the imagery will include "porcupines, bears, houses, birds, and records, and who knows what else." Another bit of news: Broken Crow is flying in Erik Burke of Overunder to help with the piece. Here's a time-lapse of a work (featuring the aforementioned bears and porcupines) they collaborated on in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, last week:
All three artists will be ducking out for a few hours to take part in another Art-a-Whirl project: The Walker Art Center Teen Arts Council (WACTAC) is hosting "Don't Sleep On It," a 24-hour art marathon in which a slew of local artists are transforming a space in the California Building over the course of a day and night. More on that tomorrow.