Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Atlanta drinks up Paper Frank's 'Pink Lemonade' in droves

Posted By on Wed, Jul 24, 2013 at 3:50 PM

  • Courtesy Paper Frank

Two weeks have passed since Paper Frank's Pink Lemonade exhibit opened at Blue Mark Studios in West Midtown. The earth is still shuddering from the seismic event.

That would be hyperbole if it weren't for the fact that 3,000 people visited the studio that night - for an art opening.

In actuality, the Pink Lemonade opening was more than that. It felt like a mass convergence of the city's emerging crop of young creatives - active in art, music, streetwear, etc. - and all their peers and enthusiasts. Frank, who is also a tattoo artist at City of Ink, raised over $5,000 in two weeks to complete the exhibit, so he's obviously garnered a swell of support. But I doubt anyone could have predicted the size of the turnout.

As you can see, my iPhone failed to capture the expansiveness of the scene:

Not even close...

I've seen less people at an arts festival, nevermind a solo exhibit. The scene was so thick that the line to get inside wrapped around the building while the majority of folk congregated on both sides of the street in front of the gallery, talking, hanging, and taking it all in. Thankfully, Paper Frank had the foresight to document the event. The resulting video, released this week, gives a good sample of Frank's artwork, while featuring shout-outs from supporters including Atlanta rappers Trinidad James and Ali of Travis Porter.

His pop art-meets-animé aesthetic included homages to Basquiat and Andy Warhol - the latter of which drew Twitter praise from Jermaine Dupri:

  • Paper Frank

... as well as a possible sale - or three:

In terms of historical context, the last time I saw a turnout of this scale for an arts-related event was probably about seven years ago when the line for promoter Jabari Graham's second Art Beats + Lyrics event also wrapped around the building - of course, that building was Atlanta's High Museum of Art. But it's interesting to note the cultural continuity from one generation to the next, starting with FunkJazz Kafé, (which coincidentally celebrated 19 years the weekend after Frank's opening) up until now.

Paper Frank's exhibit continues through the end of September, and some prints, T-shirts, and stickers are also available for a limited time.

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