You’ve probably passed by the huge, vibrant mural on the side of a structure marked “Studio” in Silverlandia. Painted by Shepard Fairey, the mural on the side of Mack Sennett Studios is like a lucid dream in 2D. A beautiful woman, striking and mature by appearance, looks off to the abyss before her. Flanked by other stoic faces, the woman pops with colors brighter than a young American’s future. As stated by Fairey in other online articles, the mural represents the tribulations of dreamers in America. In collaboration with Portuguese street artist Alex Farto, he and Fairey created an image which inspires feelings of hope as well as strife. The frustrations which immigrants endure on a daily basis speak through the art which we publicly present. If you have yet to experience the art on the Mack Sennett Studio wall, now is the best time than ever.
We Will Keep Dreaming
Silverlandia is known to house many in the entertainment and creative industries; designers, writers, artists, you name it. It’s this freedom of expression which keeps us inspired in our neighborhood. The United States of America is structured in such a way to where “anyone” can be successful. And success is defined, according to the American mentality, as achievable. Or is it? Those born and raised in the States often travel down two separate paths; individually or while aiding another.
Traveling individually does not equate to selfishly, but it can still mean passively. All the others are involving themselves as part of the collective voice of America, and they travel together. The saying goes, “We all have our own path.” Which is a truth, but it fails to mention the fact our paths tend to converge for both short and long periods of time. The hearts and minds of Silverlanda, and Los Angeles, are in support of works such as Fairey’s. The way we represent the struggles of others is also a representation of ourselves. Through our films, books, articles, and art we keep the efforts alive. Art isn’t a solution to a problem, but it is an open discussion to find the roots of our problems. If America is seen as a garden, consider oppression, segregation, and misunderstanding as the weeds.
Silverlandia Art is All Around
During your next stroll through the neighborhood keep your eyes peeled for what’s around the corner. May it be a message in the form of an elaborate image or something that simply breaks the mold, you may appreciate stumbling up on it. Silverlandia is chock full of these conversation starters that leave us with an image of America fixed in our minds. The question we now need to ask is, “Do we like what we see?”