I have no damned idea what you're talking about. Do you?
Farcical white guilt is always a guaranteed sell.
I like the idea and the little I saw of the site but why the word bitter?
I wonder why PBR didn't accept his submission...
Not a fan of his type of artwork/craftsmanship in the size of a mural but t-shirts and paintings work. He probably made a killing selling those paintings in BK...to those hipsters and brand nubians. Nothing like being a "different" black artist to market yourself...
Sam Flax does donate some materials, and they receive a small thank you in LW press materials for it— along side a couple dozen other local businesses.
To my knowledge, LW has received zero dollars of tax money in the form of grants or any other payment.
I don't know about flax's relationship with the OCA, cant find any mention of it on the internets, but I can tell you that projects like livingwalls and dodekapus can't happen without the ardent support of people like Lionel.
i'm sorry that living walls didn't accept your mural proposal, photon.
get better and try again next year.
@zedsmith- Maybe you should get sponsored by your local charter junior high school as you have poor reading comprehension skills. Hey moron, sponsoring also means donating materials, which is done in exchange for marketing and advertising purposes and to increase revenue of the sponsor. That you are A-OK with one of the directors of a so-called non-profit who works directly with an Atlanta government agency (this time in the guise of "cultural affairs") and who receive tax funded grants also benefiting his personal business thanks to this endeavor shows your lack of understanding of ethics. I am personally not comfortable with this and makes me doubt the sincerity of a program like Living Walls. Don't get me wrong, artists, art workers, and business owners have every right to profit handsomely, but using your position on the board of directors at an arts non-profit to covertly benefit your for-profit business is kinda tacky. This is just a small issue within all of the ones I see with the LW "concepts." Shit like this is the same reason why an organization like Eyedrum is in the skids. Receiving a 10,000 grant and there's nothing to show for it, and their credibility is lost, thanks in no small part to the idiots seating on the board who use their position to benefit themselves, stroke the ego of the alcoholism addled Woody Cornell and creating drama instead of creating a credible art programming. This is where I see LW heading in the future.
sponsors actually means they spend money, not receive money— maybe you should look into getting sponsored by merriam-webster.
@zedsmith- SOME at Living Walls are profiting. That they have volunteers has nothing to do with this. Hey man, people in this town will throw fundraisers and donate to the cause of private for-profit businesses all the time, so why would this be a surprise? One of the sponsors for the event? Sam Flax, purveyors of the famous Montana aerosol spray favored by street artists both genuine and wannabes around the nation. Guess who is one of the directors of this years LW?
"The images are taken from archives.
We tried to get some from, you know, the archive of the family of Martin Luther King, but apparently they're pretty tight on this, which I found pretty sad when, you know, that it's a message that you want to spread and actually make sure people hear and just get inspired. And when I heard that the speech is copyrighted, for me it doesn't make sense. It's the complete opposite — a complete antique way of working.
So that is why it's actually the people we're pasting and not him because it reveals kind of the access we could have on the image..."
Kind of sad that Martin Luther King's family blocked the use of MLK's image in these timely, appropriate, respectful, and well-done murals that were put up in his old neighborhood. Just sad.
But the murals are gorgeous.
yes, the all volunteer living walls staff is just rolling in it.
So I fucking get it now. Living Walls, a "non-profit," has commissioned yet another mural portraying black folk and their struggles to be pasted on a decrepit and blighted black neighborhood, all while receiving money from the black run Atlanta gov't. And of course, it has to be the most pandering images, something to satisfy the powers to be- "hey here's some more photocopied wheat-pasted images of people marching with THE KING, you know that dude whose image and name is represented in every single block of the ghettoest parts of Atlanta. See we care bout them communities. We can't fix tha streets but we sho can shell out some benjamins in order for LW to spread the propaganda fo us!" I love it.
hahhaha. @gorgeous JR
you crazy brah! hahahhaha. but nah for real, i was going to Speakeasy/Music Room for something last night and I was at the light at the corner of Boulevard and Edgewood like "hell all these white folks out here doing" ahhahahha. damn!
the murals are gorgeous, though. this JR guy should stick around and make a name for himself in atlanta.
"world's most talked about street artist"?
that title has already been awarded to banksy. and retired. not sure why anyone would claim otherwise.
anyway, i personally dig the wheatpaste murals but printing out someone else's photograph then plastering it on a wall with the help of a 4 person team isn't all that groundbreaking.
After attending a couple of the events in the Living Walls conference this year and learning about how the organization works, I don't know how anyone can imply that they don't care about the neighborhoods the artists are working in. The entire point is to change people's perspectives of underused or neglected areas in the city, and of the 20 artists participating in this year's conference, half are from Atlanta.
It would be great if the artists from outside Atlanta could come to the city, draw inspiration from the neighborhoods they're working in and base their art on their experiences here, but unfortunately the city requires the artists to submit sketches of their designs weeks in advance for approval.
All that said, this year's conference has been great, and Atlanta is very lucky to have an organization like Living Walls.
Living Walls...bringing white people closer to the hood through art.
Once again it's not about the hood they're gentrifying, but the artist themselves.
How much do you know about this neighborhood and this part of Atlanta?
It's the first time. Everything's new to me.
And there is only one JR and that's the Gorgeous JR. I hope that 100K helped feed some of hungry people.
So sad what it's become in a few mere months...
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