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What Wall murals by Rene Gagnon, a street artist born and based in Fall River who also has studios in New York and LA. Using handmade stencils and collage, he created a layered work incorporating old Chinese propaganda and traditional Asian patterns.
Whose Idea Restaurateur Ash Chan has a strong interest in street art and approached Gagnon about designing something for the space. The propaganda imagery had personal resonance for the Chan family, according to Gagnon. (Ash’s father is billionaire businessman Gerald Chan, who has purchased significant real estate in Harvard Square, including the restaurant.) “The focus of the propaganda was [Mao’s] ‘Little Red Book,’ ” Gagnon says. “I was able to collage in a lot of those images. My surfaces are very busy. They offer these hidden treasures. I get people who go in there and say, ‘Every time I see something different.’ ” So does the propaganda theme feel newly relevant in the current political climate? Gagnon tried to keep the images restaurant-friendly, he says with a laugh. “I’m sure there are people who are offended. It’s hard not to offend anyone. Most of my good press has come from doing something mildly inappropriate.”
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