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Art Alliance Profile: Lee Quinones

Published July, 2014
Vault // Thursday, 24 Jul 2014

We announced this week on the site that Juxtapoz was lucky to be invited to participate in what will be a fantastic public art and exhibition in Chicago during Lollapolooza. Shepard Fairey has curated a "Art Alliance: The Provocateurs" in Chicago from July 31—August 4, 2014, featuring a fantastic roster of artists from all mediums and eras. Today, we look at one participating artist, legendary graffiti writer, Lee Quinones.

We wanted to give our readers a chance to get their tickets now, so if you happen to be in Chicago, or headed to Lollapolooza and want to see the "Provocateurs" show, follow this link for ADVANCED TICKETS.

As we mentioned yesterday as well, for the next two weeks, Juxtapoz will be posting past features from many of the artists in Art Alliance from our print edition. Some interviews are new, some old, but we hope for some people who want to learn more about these artists these features and interviews can help provide insight into the work and artists lives. This interview with LEE is from our special Art in the Streets issue in April 2011 issue of Juxtapoz.

We asked LEE about "The Provocateurs" art event during such a major music festival, and he told us "As far as many visual artist will attest, myself included, music is so much an integral facet of creating visuals acted on either through the spiritual influences of rhythms, melodies and sometimes its lyrics. I for one have come to envision ideas by simply hearing something in a song that triggers those visuals or poetry sitting in an escrow account of my mind.

"As far as an audience, I have always wanted to open the aperture of the arts with people that either have no access or no notion as to where art should and could be at any given moment in life. When I exited from the Subway painting era, it was nothing short of new exciting horizons and a new train (Yard) of thought. This event is no different."

One of the major highlights of the exhibition will be that a portion of the event proceeds will be donated to Chicago Arts Partnerships In Education (CAPE), an organization which inspires students to be passionate about their education by weaving visual and performing arts into their classroom lessons. They bring academic subjects to life through art, and partner teaching artists with Chicago Public School teachers to develop original, creative lesson plans.



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