If you were anywhere near the East Village or the Brady Arts District in Tulsa last weekend, chances are you caught the slight scent of spray paint. Artists from all over the country congregated to Tulsa for the Habit Mural Fest and left our city a little prettier.
“This was actually my first time ever doing a mural,” said Dickason. “I’d been wanting to do a mural for a while, and it was actually on my list as one of the projects I wanted to pursue this year. My body of work, Shifting Focus, is composed of spray paint on hand-cut paper. I was excited for the opportunity to expand the process of making that work into a larger scale and into a more immediately public venue.”
Although Habit took place in various parts of downtown Tulsa, the festival’s hub was a 49,000 square foot warehouse at 856 E 1st St. that regularly hosts the First Street Flea monthly market. Almost every inch of that warehouse is now covered in art and can easily be seen from the Interstate.
“I think murals have an opportunity to beautify and enhance the public experience of the urban environment,” added Dickason. “With my background in textiles and site-specific installation, it was easy to translate my process-driven practice in response to the building as a form of surface design. I would love to have the opportunity to pursue more work like this.”
TAF Fellow Codak Smith is a veteran to the mural fest scene.
“These mural fests are very common now as most cities have come to understand the value of mural arts and how they can change a bleak area of a community,” said Smith. “I feel as if Habit Fest is doing just that for the “Gateway” area of downtown Tulsa. I hope next year the community will allow it to expand and grow to a few of the other buildings in the area.”
To find out more about Habit Mural Fest, visit their website.