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Re: “Animal Attraction

See you this Saturday @ Strange Matter Richmond! https://www.facebook.com/events/4604960541…


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Posted by whitfieldjt on 07/23/2015 at 9:40 PM

Re: “A New Script

No link to their Kickstarter campaign in this article? https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/video…

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Posted by whitfieldjta63c on 10/29/2014 at 7:04 PM

Re: “LETTER: Mural Project’s Aim Betrays Process of Art

I agree that it's pretty difficult to make art that is completely apolitical or uninfluenced by the artist's own views (political or otherwise) but I understand what director is saying. This article seems to exaggerate Pomajambo's statement. Because public art engages the public in a shared visual space (even when it is painted on a privately owned buildings), it is understandable why you would want to avoid potentially "inflammatory" and/or "offensive" imagery. Also, it's my understanding that the money taken in from donors was without creative stipulation. The artists seem to have creative control over the content. The money from Altria seems to be more of a redistribution of funds that would have gone to another cause. If there was a corporate entity imposing creative restrictions or had requested ad space on each wall it funded, then I could agree with some of the writer's points but I think the criticism is a little reductive considering they DID attempt to raise the money independently via Kickstarter.

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Posted by whitfieldjta63c on 08/06/2013 at 9:38 PM

Re: “No Offense: RVA's New Murals Safe by Design

I live in the city too and haven't heard any negative responses to the mural project. Who cares if the paintings have the effect of promoting local businesses and encouraging patronage? Local businesses need all the help they can get. These images are visually engaging and interesting to look at. They enliven the visual landscape of our city, which I might add is home to one of the top art schools in the nation. We are also home to one of the largest state-run art museums in the country. Public art builds character and identity within communities. It creates conversations. It stimulates imaginations, the local economy, and tourism. It also adds to the ongoing history of a city that is making many transitions.

Lastly, those who keep referring to these images as "graffiti," please note that there is a BIG difference between graffiti and a mural series that is commissioned and installed on private property by various artists.

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Posted by whitfieldjta63c on 07/31/2013 at 10:35 PM

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