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GoFundMe dollars will underwrite event production costs, the archival of his work and will continue to preserve his legacy. In collaboration with Thundercircus and Flatlands Press, donors contributing at certain levels will receive perks including stickers, prints and t-shirts featuring Brooks Golden’s art.
Before graffiti and street art became a part of the widely accepted pop culture lexicon, Brooks Golden a.k.a. SEVE, was one of Milwaukee’s first prolific graffiti writers and one of the founding members of the FCR Crew. By the mid-1990's, he was one of several local graffiti artists sentenced to unprecedented jail time and fines. Upon his release, he moved to Chicago, becoming an influential part of the emergent Chicago street art scene.
Inspired by American folk art/tales, Hollywood horror imagery, late 70's American punk rock and early 80s hip-hop, Golden’s indigenous and African-American heritage is reflected in the owls and pyramid themes frequently appearing in his work. Adopting the catch phrase "Be Golden”, the artist used visual symbolism, humor and allegory to explore the commonalities of American, Asian and African cultures on the American footprint.
Golden’s passing from Type 1 Diabetes at age 40 left a tremendous void in the Chicago street art and graffiti scene. His proper place in these worlds isn't as a footnote. Help to memorialize the physical and economic sacrifices he endured as a dedicated artist by making a donation or attending this special event. In Golden's words: "You are going to miss out on something very, very awesome if you don’t come to this show.”
Proceeds collected above and beyond event production costs will benefit 3Arts and The Southside Community Arts Center .
3Arts is a nonprofit organization that supports and advocates for Chicago’s women artists, artists of color, and Deaf and disabled artists who work in the performing, teaching, and visual arts. By providing cash awards, project funding, residency fellowships, professional development, and promotion, 3Arts helps artists take risks, experiment, and build momentum in their careers over time.
The South Side Community Art Center was founded in 1940 by Black artists and advocates as a destination for Black art, and to support the careers and development of Black artists. The Center strives to connect communities to African American art and artists through exhibitions, public programs and artist-centric engagement.
$25 & up: Name included on the show's printed and online materials where donors are listed.
$50 & up: Name included as above and stickers featuring Brooks Golden's artwork.
$100 & up: All of the above and a "Forever Golden" Event poster.
$200 & up: All of the above and an event t-shirt.
$300 & up: All of the above and a limited edition print of Brooks Golden's work.
$500 & up: All of the above, an invitation to view the exhibition in person or online ahead of the public opening and a printed catalogue/zine of Brooks Golden's artwork.
Many thanks to the following artists and sources for contributing to this effort:
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