From the creators of the Savannah GIF Festival comes Wall-to-Wall, Savannah’s very first illustration battle. The idea is simple: two artists (this month it’s Johel Rivera and Jake Larsen) show off what they’ve got using only a blank 8ft x 8ft wall and a handful of black markers. The event will take place at the Indie Arts Market on De Soto Ave. during the First Friday Art March on March 6th.
If live art performances aren’t enough for you, Wall-to-Wall will also feature musical performances from local hip hop artist Miggs, rock band Culture Vulture and KYLE Band. A live drum battle between Matthew Pelton of Culture Vulture and Magnus Nelson of KYLE (with an open mic freestyle competition) is also scheduled to go down during the event.
Organizer Corey Eisenberg was inspired to create Wall-to-Wall out of a desire to help Savannah reach what he feels is its true potential: “Savannah is at this critical point where it can really be a city on the map, a place known for it’s ‘scene’ as long as individuals and groups invest in their community.” Eisenberg also notes a lack of public wall art space and hopes that Wall-to-Wall could be the safe, city-friendly way to engage street artists that we’ve all been waiting for.
Rivera and Larsen will have the spotlight this month but aspiring competitors will soon have their chance: Eisenberg confirmed that future Wall-to-Wall battles are in the works. A sign-up sheet for interested artists will be available at the event. “If I think they’ve got the chops,” Eisenberg said, “they’ll have the chance to prove themselves in front of everyone.”
The finished 8ft x 8ft pieces will be auctioned off on eBay following the event. Interested parties should check out artrisesavannah.org/walltowall for a link to the listing (due out early next week). The proceeds will be split equally between the artists and Art Rise Savannah.
What’s on the horizon for Eisenberg and the Wall-to-Wall project? “I hope to see brackets and multiple battles going on at once and artists competing for the title of Best Wall Artist in Savannah. I want to team up with the city and SeeSAW and see this event bring a restoration of blight in Savannah, replacing dilapidated facades of buildings with beautiful murals.” We can’t wait!