At 8:15 am on July 1, 2014, I began prepping the art gallery for the launch of the LAB.
The pieces from the BAFFU exhibit were carefully dismounted and stored behind the white screen door.
The black walls, covered in chalk graffiti resembled the last day of school (primary school days)
The fond memories of the day when the teacher would allow us to scribble on the blackboards. Later these, tattooed with childish anxiety and dreams, would be erased and washed with an old rag and water.
As I did the same with the IF walls, these memories ebbed and flowed.
Micah Vernon, 19 years old, entered with project in hand. He set down his belongings and began to wash the walls too.
The walls now washed left behind one bucket of murky water and walls like talcum powdered black skin on a hot day, sweat transforming the matter from dust to paste.
As soon as the walls had dried, Micah rolled out a 20 year old 20 foot scroll, which he had intervened with anxious black brush strokes, always in the small hours of dawn, from Sunday to Tuesday morning.
The scroll, one drawing with countless images melting and fusing into the other, was carefully tacked unto the dust-washed walls.
So the LAB 19 began.