Flournoy Holmes, visual artist and filmmaker 

Flournoy Holmes is a visual artist and filmmaker. He directed the upcoming Dreadheads:

“Atlanta over the years has definitely changed; there’s 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.

“There’s always been this corporate façade of the conservative South, but there’s also been this underground scene that’s 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 you’ll 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, don’t subscribe to that. Atlanta still has that underbelly. You just have to look for it.”

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