THE ICON: Brandon Odums
THE LEGACY: Brandan Odums is a teacher and a filmmaker, but most of all, he’s an artist who thinks big. How big? The NOCCA graduate’s murals of choice cover the sides of buildings, often neglected and abandoned ones. In 2013, he created “Project Be,” a series of enormous graffiti-style portraits of civil rights leaders inside apartments in the flood-ravaged Florida public housing complex. A year later came “ExhibitBE,” which Odums created with a dozen other artists in an unoccupied apartment complex just off General DeGaulle Boulevard in Algiers. In the process, he’s become one of the city’s most exciting young artists, one who pushes the artistic envelope, redefines ideas of what constitutes fine art and reminds artists of all ages the value of thinking big.
THE ARTIST: Jessica Strahan
THE INSPIRATION: “I realized a long time ago that being an artist is more than just you. There’s how people respond to it. As an artist, I have a responsibility to influence people.” — Brandan Odums in an interview with the lifestyle publication goInvade