Flournoy Holmes is a visual artist and filmmaker. He directed the upcoming Dreadheads:
Atlanta over the years has definitely changed; theres this homogenized and gentrified takeover that occurs in neighborhoods, and which polarizes people. For the artistic community, in the 80s things grew complacent but then the arts scene sprang from that complacency. It created a spark, and took over in a broader scale, especially musically.
Theres always been this corporate façade of the conservative South, but theres also been this underground scene thats always been pretty viable. And each of those artistic communities the visual artists, the musicians, the writers kind of overlap and get stronger. So, in the shadow of this suppression, there is a dichotomy in which youll have this scene that will bubble up. You see it a lot with graffiti art. There used to be The Mattress Factory Show in the 80s, and those were huge art shows where anyone could enter. It was a breeding ground for anything. Things bubble up and then they die down. There can be all these social gatherings, but the vehicle is art. So there may be this complacency, this dumbing down, that sets in, but artists, true artists, dont subscribe to that. Atlanta still has that underbelly. You just have to look for it.