UPDATE UPDATE: Hyuro's mural was tagged this week and now will definitely have to be painted over. It's an unfortunate end to the whole thing.
SEPT. 12, 2012 at 11:41 AM:
On Monday night, members of the Chosewood Park neighborhood association convened for their monthly meeting outside at the community tennis courts. On the agenda for September: Hyuro's mural for Living Walls at the corner of Sawtell Avenue and McDonough Boulevard. The mural, which depicts a woman in various states of undress, has been a hot topic in the neighborhood and the media the last few weeks.
Neighborhood association President Charlie Nelson walked through the official business of approval of minutes, committee reports and old business before getting to the reason why at least three different news stations had cameras set up. As he explained the rules of the forum (two minutes per speaker, you have to have a numbered paddle to speak), he expressed how proud he was of the neighborhood and the "level of discourse and the amount of respect people had about this." He also noted that he'd "developed relationships down around the mural that frankly wouldn't have happened without the installation."
Over the next 45 minutes a dozen or so residents took advantage of their two minutes to express their thoughts, concerns, confusion and reactions about the mural. Living Walls Co-founder and Executive Director Mónica Campana was in attendance and made herself available to answer questions. And there were a lot of them, mostly concerning Living Walls' processes.
Overall, the residents were overwhelmingly appreciative and in support of the idea of the art, but ultimately disagreed with its placement in public on a highly trafficked corner. The discussion remained civil, although it did become a bit tense at times, particularly when a few neighbors explained they felt taken advantage of or when the imam of the local mosque presented a passioned argument that dropped references to a Supreme Court freedom of speech case and referred to the work as "pornographic."
The Atlanta Beltline has announced its roster of artists for the 2012 edition of Art on the Beltline. The lineup keeps growing each year and for the third round will include more than 74 performance and visual art works chosen from a pool of 181 submissions. Art on the Beltline takes place from September through November. A full schedule of events and works will be released in the coming weeks. You can check out the complete list of artists (with as many links as we could find) after the jump.
Returning acts include gloATL, the Krewe of the Grateful Gluttons lantern parade, and another video installation by Amber Boardman. Boardman's three-channel video installation "Prelude" set to Wagner's "Das Rheingold" at Flux 2010 was one of that year's highlights (embedded below). For 2012, Boardman again looks to Wagner for "Prelude Two" using the composer's "Die Walküre Prelude" as the soundtrack for a film installation that "takes viewers through a small apartment to watch an incoming tsunami."
If you've never been to FLUX, watch this trailer for May the Light Affect, a documentary of the event's predecessor, 2009's Le Flash, by local filmmakers Proper Medium for a sense of the mood at the events. PM sound recordist and local musician Daniel Clay will be participating as an artist this year, composing the music for gloATL's performance.
Check out CL's photo gallery from last year. FLUX 2012 takes place Sat., Oct. 6, 8-midnight. Full list of artists and projects after the jump.
The idea is pretty simple: an artist could be in need of (almost) anything — a pickup truck to move a sculpture from a studio to a gallery, a couple of extra sets of hands to help paint a mural, some models for a photograph, a nice house to shoot a movie scene. Through the ARTWORKS website, artists will be able to submit listings describing their projects and what they need help with. Community members can then scan various proposals and find the perfect one to participate in.
WMLB 1690's Program Director Max Arbes says the creation of ARTWORKS was a logical step for the radio station: "We believe we have a unique opportunity with the radio station, being able to broadcast an artist's request for help on a project with their own voice and then being able to put that same request into a digital form listed on the website," Arbes says.
To help launch the site and generate interest in ARTWORKS, 1690 AM is hosting another night of VARI-OKEY at the Goat Farm. The event will feature performances by local bands The Jagged Stones, Christ, Lord and ATL Collective. There will also be a poetry reading from the Clermont Lounge's Blondie and opportunities for party-goers to get on stage and sing in front of the crowd. Arbes also promises some special guest appearances from other Atlanta creatives and celebrities.
Reps from various Atlanta art organizations such as WonderRoot, Eye Drum, MASS Collective, and GloATL will be on hand to inform attendees about the organizations and how to participate through ARTWORKS, the idea being that once community members can put faces and names with these organizations, they'll be much more likely to volunteer time and help to an artist's or organization's project.
Check out a video of a performance from a previous VARI-OKEY below.
The Return of VARI-OKEY and the Launch of ArtWorks, Sat., May 26, 8 p.m. at The Goat Farm, 1200 Foster St.
CL's hard hustling assistant photo editor Dustin Chambers produced this video of Ukranian duo Interesni Kazki taking over a massive wall in East Atlanta. Featureless Ghost contributes an aptly intense tune to the clip. Check it out.
After profiling the feline public art enigma Catlanta, Room Eleven Media has released a lovingly crafted video about Evereman, another maker of free public art objects. The real attraction here is getting to hear the artist wax poetic about art in the public sphere and assert that "the vibrancy of a city is reflected in the vibrancy of its street art." There's enough feel-good civic pride in this to melt the heart strings of street art's most cold-hearted opponents. Take a look.
The two murals recently commissioned by Living Walls in Cabbagetown appeared on Brooklyn Street Art yesterday. The works by Puerto Rican duo La Pandilla and Atlanta's Trek Matthews large-scale works appear on Wylie and Tennelle Streets, respectively. The blog has some nice photos of the works in progress, especially La Pandilla's Chinese ink detail, courtesy of CL's Dustin Chambers.
Tonight, Living Walls is throwing an Edgewood block party to support their continuing transition to year-round programming.
You might have noticed this rabbit multiplying like, well, rabbits along Dekalb Ave. Not sure what to make of it. The rabbit looks very serious. It is always mid-hop. It seems to be heading in the same direction all of the time, too, but I might have that wrong.
In any case, the rabbit seems to deserve a name. Rabbitlanta? Hare Invader? Flopsy? Give it a name.
A new blog called Community Vacancy is documenting an ongoing public art project aimed at drawing attention to vacant places in Atlanta. Blending one part-graffiti attitude with one part-civic-booster style, the stylish signs look nearly official, as if they were the product of a rogue City of Atlanta office. One is attached to the chain link fence surrounding an abandoned yard in Kirkwood and reads "Loitering Encouraged." Another is posted on street in the Poncey Highlands, cleverly playing with the ordinance signs above it by displaying the phrase "The Market Will Fix It."
The blog proclaims this mission statement: "We believe that repurposing or reinventing vacant places between ownership by means of design should increase community engagement and connect people and place while discouraging issues like crime, pollution, etc. that result from under-populated, forgotten and abandoned places." There are ways to get involved and more information at the blog.
This golden owl statue popped up on top of the Adult Swim offices a couple weeks ago and I decided to grab a photo of it yesterday. Inside sources at Adult Swim say it's about 15-20 feet tall and is one of two that were showpieces at the network's upfront party in New York. Apparently there are lasers that project animations out of the owl's piercing ruby eyeballs. I'm sure they avoid turning the owl on for fear of blinding highway drivers, though I wouldn't put it past them.
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