Painted: May 15, 2016
(This mural has since been removed.)
Climate Threat: An abundant, yet shy species, the Brewer's Blackbird is present in the Western United States all year around, and migrates through the Eastern half to get to its northern breeding range. As perAudubon's climate model, the species may see its summer habitat shift even further north, and could lose up to 48 percent of that range in the process. Its wintering range seems to be more stable. But there are still questions as to how much of its Mexican wintering grounds will be affected.
About the Artist: Klone was born in Harkov, Ukraine, and currently lives and works in Tel Aviv, Israel. Influenced by his childhood emigration from the Ukraine to Israel, Klone’s initial practice of tagging and graffiti were personal challenges to themes of diaspora. This urban tradition allowed him to take ownership of his surroundings and localize an often hostile and alienating environment, making his foreign settings more familiar.
Using characters, symbols, and regional iconography, Klone’s work borrows from existing linguistic traditions in hope of providing a bridge to communicate. This organic approach appeals in its attempt at universality without erasure, without requiring a blank slate mentality. Each installation and drawing attempts to create an environment that will connect with the observer's primal feeling, placing him or her as part of the setting and context of the work. Whether created inside the studio or in in the public sphere, his work speaks to the exploration of what combinations are available to us with and also outside of a given discourse of belonging.
The Artist on the Mural: “I’m curious about birds that are common to cities and how they’ve adopted to the existence of men; Brewer’s Blackbird is one of those. Besides that I always found interesting the bird kinds that have such a big difference between the male and the female, especially the fact that the male is the one that’s supposed to compete for the attention of the female with its colorful feathers—something that’s so opposite in western culture.
“The mural I painted is made in a way that it has no beginning or end: The left edge is continued in the right edge and vice versa, like a frozen frame of a loop animation, with the male and the female found in a constant chase after each other.”