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Spring Street Mural To Be Down and Out

By Ed Fuentes
Published: Thursday, February 25, 2010, at 08:02AM
Down N Out Mural Ed Fuentes

Emmeric Konrad's window art as seen February 23.

Artist Emmeric Konrad is dismayed that the City has ordered his current window mural at the Down and Out bar to be removed.

Konrad, a 1992 Graduate of Otis Parsons School of Fine Arts, has been Downtown-based artist for over a decade and known for frantic male and female forms with crazed eyes and tight skirts––satirical grit made from caricatures of strangers.

"I thought I was capturing the real people of Downtown L.A.," says Konrad. "I don't understand why the controversy, [I was] just making art."

When Konrad and his wife Faye recently returned after living back east, merchants and curators welcomed the prodigal painter home by offering locations for his live painting and installations. That includes an offer to paint the windows of the Down And Out.

The enforcement came about after a complaint. Complicated matters, murals are currently stuck in the same rules as commercial signs. Graphics that cover store windows are forbidden by those rules, which have been the subject of numerous lawsuits between the city and the signage industry in recent years.

Konrad reports the mural will be removed sometime Thursday: "I don't know when, but I want to support the Down and Out [as they are] being targeted by the City. They have made that block and bar safer, and are part of the community."

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