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1971 (age 47–48)
|Known for||Painter, muralist, graffiti|
Mear One (born 1971 as Kalen Ockerman) is an American artist based in Los Angeles, known for his often-political street graffiti art. Mear One is associated with CBS (Can't Be Stopped – City Bomb Squad) and WCA (West Coast Artist) crews. As a graphic designer, Mear One has designed apparel for Conart, Kaotic, as well as his own Reform brand. Mear One has done album covers for artists like Non Phixion, Freestyle Fellowship, Alien Nation, Limp Bizkit, Busdriver and Daddy Kev.
Early life and education
Ockerman was born in 1971 in Santa Cruz, California.
In 2004, Mear One joined artists Shepard Fairey and Robbie Conal to create a series of "anti-war, anti-Bush" posters for a street art campaign called "Be the Revolution" for the art collective Post Gen.
In April 2014, Mear spoke with fellow graffiti-muralists Cache, EyeOne, and Alice Mizrachi at Brown University as part of the panel Bottom-Up Place Making: Graffiti-murals and Latino/a Urbanism, hosted by the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America and moderated by Brown University urban theorist, graffiti writer, and professor, Dr Stefano Bloch.
Freedom for Humanity mural
One of Mear One's works, a mural entitled Freedom for Humanity painted on a wall in Hanbury Street, London in September 2012, attracted controversy in the media when commentators and local residents likened it to antisemitic propaganda in Nazi Germany, and it was removed later that year.
In March 2018, the British politician Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the British Labour Party since 2015, was asked why, at the time of the mural's removal, he had responded to a Facebook post from Mear One stating that the mural was to be buffed and calling on freedom of expression by asking why it was to be removed and referencing Nelson Rockefeller's destruction of Diego Rivera's Man at the Crossroads fresco in 1934. Critics said that Corbyn's comments ignored antisemitic tropes in the mural; in response, Corbyn stated, "I sincerely regret that I did not look more closely at the image I was commenting on, the contents of which are deeply disturbing and anti-Semitic."
- Snow White and The Madness of Truth, another artwork involved in a controversy over antisemitism
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