Art of Empowerment: Brandan Odums' 'Ephemera Eternal'

The New Orleans graffiti artist puts the African-American experience into perspective with his massive murals.

Breakout local artist Brandan Odums makes a big statement in a big way with "Ephemera Eternal," his ongoing solo exhibit at StudioBE. Housed in a massive Bywater warehouse, the sprawling space serves as the perfect setting for Odums’ giant, graffiti-style murals.

Brandan Odum's "Ephemera Eternal" exhibit in New Orleans.

The evocative collection explores African-American life, from the Civil Rights era to the Black Lives Matter movement, through powerful portraits of Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali and other pivotal players coupled with images of everyday individuals.

Odums is a graduate of the nearby New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, and his StudioBE is just steps from the school's 5 Press Gallery, which spotlights works by other up-and-coming students. Stop by after viewing Odums' exhibit then grab a bite at the adjacent Press Street Station.


Slideshow: Brandan Odums' "Ephemera Eternal"

(All Images @Shawn Fink)


Douglas Brantley
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