With geometric forms and bright colors, artist Molly Rose Freemantransforms spaces and walls in cities including Asheville, San Francisco, Charleston, Miami and, of course, Atlanta. A former Living Walls artist, Freeman has been slowly leaving her mark in corners of our city, most recently in Cabbagetown through a collaboration with Travis Smith. Freeman’s art exudes happiness, strength and liveliness with its bold, neon color and free-hand designs that act as much as pieces of art as they do unique backdrops eliciting their own feel within their surrounding environment. A child from the South, she transitioned from creative writing to art after her college graduation and eventually landed in ATL, where she has found her home. With the ability to envision works on such a grand scale, she makes the city a bit more colorful—one interconnected triangle at a time.
Oh hey I wrote this and Molly is the best. She has so much talent and every time I pass her mural in the mornings, on my way to work, I smile so big. She’s pretty much the coolest.
“Atlanta is like a good boyfriend to me. I did not fall in love at first, but it slowly grew on me and I fell in love in the end.”
Q & A with artist Jiha Moon via CommonCreativ ATL
The federal government is giving the Atlanta BeltLine an $18 million boost. These funds will be used toward a 2.5 mile stretch on the BeltLine’s southwest
WABE, ATL’s local NPR station, interviewed me this morning about art along the BeltLine and what I think about the new $18 million (!!) grant from the federal government.
So weird/awesome/still pinching myself.
“The Atlanta art scene is very different than what it was just a few years ago. Groups like WonderRoot have been working in the city for awhile, but just since Living Walls inception, groups like gloATL and the Elevate project have sprung up. As a city, we are starting to catch up to cities like New York and Los Angeles, and doing it in our own way. It’s very grassroots and organic in Atlanta.”
Q & A with Living Walls’ Jasmine Amussen via CommonCreativ ATL
Living Walls is one of the few things that make me love Atlanta every day. Seeing an artist pour his/her heart out on a wall somewhere around town — under a bridge, next to a building, anywhere — brings a giant smile to my face. Art is important for communities to grow and Living Walls is making it happen while making us a little more proud of our beautiful city.
Also, I’m pretty proud of our little website here. We are doing really well. Seeing it pop up across social media gives me so much joy.
So Many Things That I’m Dying to Show You
You should read this thing about how Alex loves D.C. because I want to love Atlanta like this again, but for some reason, I can’t. My body continues to reject this city. So maybe I need to leave and miss it so I can appreciate it again? Not sure. But this is a great read. So read it.
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People love to bitch about how, when socializing in D.C., the first question is typically “What do you do?” I love “What do you do?” I think it’s a great fucking question. The answer can be what you spend 40-plus hours a week on, or what you don’t. “Do” means a lot of different things. It’s an awesome way to start a conversation about whatever the hell you want.
I very much dislike the typical second question, “How long have you been in D.C.?” largely because I don’t have a good answer for it. I grew up in Anne Arundel County, which is well beyond what’s considered the D.C. metro area, but close enough that I had formative moments here. The longest time I’ve spent out of the region was my freshman year—nine months—at University of Colorado. I transferred to University of Maryland and in my two and a half years there lived at my parents’, in College Park, and in D.C.; I moved to an apartment off U Street in May 2010. I didn’t grow up here, but I’ve been here.
“There was a huge opportunity for Kate Spade to make this better, and now I feel insulted. You think pushing $300 and a bullshit styling appointment in my direction and hoping this will go away, and hey….I GET that. But NO. NO. That’s not enough. I do not want a gift card that will not even cover one of your questionably made handbags, from a brand that made me feel like a lesser person. They could have lied to me and told me they were going to start a diversity training program for employees. Anything to show me that they really get it. But they don’t and that it what sucks.”
Awesomeness Abounds: On Kate Spade: An update
“Sorry we were racist and treated you like a second class citizen. But here’s $300!”
Nope, sorry Kate Spade. You’ve lost a lot of customers over this, and I’m one of them.
This happened here in Atlanta. Take note.
“Keep going everyone, and bless the haters as you climb over them.”
– Best quote. I interviewed Atlanta artist Ashley Anderson over at CommonCreativ and boy, was he awesome. Go see for yourself.
The old Kodak lab on Ponce and Argonne is one of my favorite old buildings in Atlanta and for the first time last night I was stopped in just the right spot at the corresponding red light to take a photo. (I suppose there’s a certain amount of irony, or something, in posting the shot to Instagram.) As of last year the whole building, including the neighboring Atlanta Eagle, was for sale, but I don’t know what came of it. I live in fear of coming upon the building one day and seeing the storefront being painted over, the sign being dismantled, the block being readied for one of those parking garages Atlanta developers seem to love so well.
One of my favorite buildings as well. Makes me smile every time.
Atlanta, being such a new and developing city, seems to attract those who want to really make a mark in the world while repelling those who favor latching on to something that has already been established.
Right now, anything is possible in Atlanta; it’s the city of wide-eyed dreamers. One comes to Atlanta to create. If you’re in this city to be spoon fed, then you’re probably in the wrong place.”
– Designer Yokoo Gibraan on Atlanta and other things over at CommonCreativ.
“You don’t move to New York because you can help shape it; you go there hoping it will help shape you. In Atlanta it’s different. In Atlanta, we are creating the city in which we want to live.”
- New CL Atlanta editor Debbie Michaud on her love affair with Atlanta.
Sometimes I love this city. Sometimes I hate it with my entire being (more often than not). But it’s home. And I want to see it live up to its full potential.