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The FieldHouse in Sudbury has New Graffiti

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, January 17, 2018

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Painted by Problak Art, our latest mural rivals our original graffiti wall art. Problak Art was founded by Rob “Problak” Gibbs who grew up in Roxbury, MA. From a young age, he had a vision of beautifying the ghettos of Boston with graffiti art - an art form that is frequently overlooked, under-valued and misunderstood. The concept that a picture is worth an infinite amount of words inspired Rob and provided him with the opportunity to take ownership of one of our culture’s modern hieroglyphics: graffiti. He developed a vision of beautifying Boston purely by instinct, experiencing his “calling” as a young man, a child of the HipHop golden age. The need to place social consciousness in HipHop culture is a driving force behind Problak’s creativity.

Lee Soem was the leader of this project and Rob’s partner. He met Rob around the age of 15 and has been working with him for about a decade now. Rob was also Soems’ mentor at Artists for Humanity. "SOEMS" An unofficial word used in American culture, but not noticed or acknowledged. So, em... What's happening tonight? An intro to a statement or question to be asked. Used by all but not seen or recognized, “SOEM” the Boston based graffiti artist relates to that all too well by doing graffiti, and expressing himself through the styles and variations of letters crafted. From doing full scale detailed murals, to painting personal graffiti in abandoned areas, all the way down to doing his name carefully composed on stickers. SOEM enjoys being in plain sight but not immediately recognized.

The work of Rob Gibbs and Lee Soem impels the viewer to allow imagination to become a playground for testing boundaries and breaking rules. Rob is a painter, muralist and graffiti artist who was one of six urban teens to co-found the non-profit youth development organization, Artists For Humanity (AFH) in 1991. Through this innovative non-profit organization, he has been blessed with a career in the arts that has spanned decades and has been able to work as a mentor to young people in the creative process. Rob applies his experiences and efforts to expand into neighboring communities, sharing the proven youth development model of arts and entrepreneurship training. Both Rob and Lee were thrilled to work on another project at the Fieldhouse and believe that they shined a light on what makes the Fieldhouse a special place for athletes and families alike. Come down and see their beautiful creation and imagine for yourself what it all means....


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