This exhibition features selected photographs by Bill Wishner, Clinical Professor of Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine, from an ongoing series of unique views of the urban wall art scene, shot over the past several years in cities around the world. The viewer is encouraged to consider each photograph’s aesthetic and artistic merit without specific title or artistic attribution.
What draws us to the art of the urban wall? What is the visual code or message that emanates from the wall? Who made their mark there – an artist, an activist, a merchant, a gang member? What was their motivation? How long will it survive? Who lives or works behind the walls? Who will add the next piece of the visual collage for viewers to ponder?
Wishner’s photography focuses on select pieces of walls that have been placed democratically (i.e., application of messages and/or art on walls largely without local or central control). The accidental juxtaposition of the walls and their visual content produces an unexpected visual presence. This layering creates a form of abstraction that transcends what the original contributors envisioned. Through Wishner’s lens, the viewer is presented with new art – unanticipated, but aesthetically appealing and worthy of critical discussion.