Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Featured Artist: PROBLAK:: Boston

The concept that a picture is worth an infinite amount of words inspired Problak (Rob Gibbs) and provided him with the opportunity to take ownership of one of our cultures' most modern hieroglyphics: graffiti. He developed a vision of beautifying the ghettos of Boston, MA purely by instinct, experiencing his "calling" at a young age. A child of the Hip-Hop golden age, this culture became a personal creed for Problak, who chose the "unspoken heard" as a communication tool within his city. With an extensive repertoire in several media, Problak's work has challenged both the viewer and himself the artist, to see and celebrate graffiti's evolution for over 15 years. His work as a solo artist and as a member of Boston's A.L.A. crew, has been seen across the world.

Problak has demonstrated a continued commitment to passing on the tools, techniques and traditions he has learned to the next generation of artists, serving as both mentor and inspiration to countless young people through his work as a co-founder and studio manager at Artists for Humanity. The need to place social consciousness in Hip-Hop culture is a driving force behind Problak's creativity. His work impacts the viewer to allow imagination to become a playground for testing boundaries and breaking rules.

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