Takin' It To The Streets

An ingenious art form is springing up in the unlikeliest city locales; galleries are noticing

It's 4 p.m. in Los Angeles, and the artist who calls himself Branded is getting ready for a "mission." If he were another kind of artist, he would call it a gallery opening, but today his gallery consists of a few alleys off La Brea Avenue and some threadbare bits of downtown. Once there, he will look for exhibition sites, meaning temporary construction walls, shuttered buildings and utility boxes. One thing to know about street art is that it generally plants its flag in Nowheresville.

In his car Branded has several broad brushes, a bucket of the watery adhesive called wheat...

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