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Talking Artscape, murals, and moving on with BOPA's Gary Kachadourian

Frank Klein
Gary Kachadourian says he does some of his best thinking--and drawing--on the bus.
"Trash Container," one of Kachadourian's series of life-size prints he draws on paper then enlarges to mammoth scale.
A detail of "Motors Installation," a collection of doodle drawings Kachadourian has been creating since he was in junior high school.
Frank Klein

By Tim Hill | Posted 8/12/2009

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CP: It seems to me that you've been at the interface between artists and their own private worlds, because a lot of time artists operate in their own communities, or galleries and other places where they hang their work--the "outside world" isn't part of that. Giving artists the opportunities to do things in public spaces gets it in people's faces. Artscape is part of that. 

GK: That's been kind of the fun part. Artscape is like, "Oh, an audience." The art community actually gets to interface with the general community and find out that it's quite different than they expect. And the general community gets to interface with the art community and find out it's quite different than they expect.

For me that's always been the interesting part. The weird street projects, where you're doing like boarded-up buildings and street signs, that kind of stuff has always been a total blast. It's simple, straightforward, and you get that kind of weird interaction, even though a lot of that's an unknown interaction. Most of the reaction with the street signs, it's never going to come back to you.

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