Street Art Spotter: Wrapping Venice in a Quilt

A spray-painted quilt on Rose Avenue is symbolic of the patchwork community of Venice.

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Hell Bent is a New York based artist who shocks plain white walls with color and whimsy. His spray-painted quilt on Rose Avenue is symbolic of the patchwork community of Venice.

WHAT: Patchwork quilts recall the days of yore, reminding us of a simpler era with its homemade goods and crafts—a lifestyle trend that’s once again in vogue. In the technology-saturated 21st century, there’s something subversive about reimagining the quilt—long an icon of feminine handicrafts—with aerosol cans and tape. That’s the point. Even Hell Bent’s signature, done in antiquated cursive script, is a reminder that things aren’t always as they seem.

WHO: Hell Bent wants his audience to reexamine traditional images. When pop culture took the skull, once a symbol of counter-culture and anti-commercialism, and plastered it on cartoon monkeys (Paul Frank, anyone?), Hell Bent sprayed aerosol jawbones all over town as a comment on mainstream media. He’s a busy artist; Hell Bent’s work graces cities and galleries around the country. 

WHERE: Flake Café, 513 Rose Avenue, Venice.

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