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Sam Farrar; Artist, Musician and Producer

On this episode of the Storytelling Series, our Event Programmer Jill Kaye talks to Sam Farrar fresh off installing work in the hotel, which was the first formal public viewing of his drawings. Next, Sam is working on a full exhibition of SAMAPS including a mural, in Venice, California that will run through May 14th, 2017 at BAM! Headquarters.

As a tenured musician and producer, Farrar is well traveled so living on the pages of an atlas is standard territory of the job. In tandem, his vision for SAMAPS started in Sao Paolo, Brazil during a 2016 world tour with Maroon 5. Staring at the hotel’s local street map, Sam saw the favelas coming out of the city’s illustrated streets, and quickly turned the map into a canvas. The idea flourished further during the European leg of the tour, and Sam started grabbing hotel maps from tour stops in Antalya, Bucharest, Moscow and beyond. Created in the hours before showtime, he would let the city’s local grid of highways, parks, rivers – dictate what he would draw. And as the tour continued, so did the SAMAPS … Finishing map after map and continuing throughout the North American leg, the collection has grown to over 30 pieces. Each one completely unique, just like the city it was drawn in.

Currently, Sam lives in Los Angeles, CA with his wife, Stephanie, and his two children. Farrar is a founding member of Los Angeles based rock band Phantom Planet, and now plays full time with Maroon 5.

Follow along to find out whats next – #samaps / @samfarrar /

May 08, 2017

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