PHOTOS: What Happens When a Rebel Turns Graffiti Art Upside Down

Artist Evan Roth’s award-winning work puts the action in interaction

(Owen Franken)

Champion of Open-Source

typographic illustration of artist Jay-Z
(Photograph © Evan Roth 2008)

Much of Roth’s work is subversive or rebellious—some of the key words on his website aren’t printable in this magazine—but he practices the grassroots philosophy he preaches. He champions open-sourcing, making public the computer programs he has developed to do things. He’s happy to share the software he created that allows a graffiti artist paralyzed with Lou Gehrig’s disease to paint by moving his eyes. And Roth produced the first open-source rap video, with the artist Jay-Z.

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