Jack Russell - What's great about this project is that it has started from the bottom up rather than top down. The community itself is what organized the project rather than "art by committee." There were planning meetings that the public were invited to attend. There have been many opportunities for voices to be heard in planning and during the week-long festival. Just last night there was an incredible and free artist roundtable at School of the Arts where some of your questions could have been answered by the artists themselves. There have been so many opportunities for voices and opinions to be heard in this project, whereas if it had been dictated by the city or the county, the art most likely would have been dictated by city leaders and project funders.
We also would likely not have gotten such world class artists to do the paintings as they appreciate being able to choose their own subjects rather than having the content dictated to them. By doing the project in this way, Rochester has attracted world renowned artists who have varied backgrounds and artistic styles, turning our city into an amazing canvas. All art will not appeal to everybody, but with such diverse artists, there's bound to be something for everybody.
If you had come to the artist discussion last night, you may have been surprised by the artists' knowledge of their work as possibly temporary and their openness (though not desire) to have their work taken down if deemed by the community to be too problematic.
I just can't believe that any of the amazing murals that are part of this project could be deemed "aesthetic hell" when compared to the blank walls, nearby alleys and dumpsters, and in some cases abandoned and condemned properties.
Wall\Therapy is an incredible asset to this community and is meant to bring together the community and encourage people to see the beauty in some unappreciated parts of the city.
Dear Mr. Jack Russell (and anyone else who cares to comment):
It's unfortunate to hear that you view these art endeavors (which are very much attempting to unite different communities within Rochester and to promote a grassroots, honest, medical philanthropic endeavor in third world locations) as mere "self-righteous bullying," as you called them. The project is still in its infancy, is making attempts to encourage Rochesterians to become more aware of their surroundings, for better or worse, and ultimately is driven toward promoting the charity that Dr. Ian Wilson and colleagues have founded.
I wonder what you would point toward as an example of a genuine open dialogue. I don't recall being consulted about many of the public artworks which have gone up in Rochester. I am not impressed by many of them, and if there was a committee involved in putting them up, those committees certainly doesn't represent the majority of the city's tastes by any means. This is hardly democratic, and hardly a dialogue with the citizens.
I am tempted to say "Not everyone will like everything in the public realm. Too bad." And also add that I have personally noticed that quite a few of the most outspoken people critical of the murals are themselves local artists, and many have used this opportunity to promote their own work. That will happen. But this discussion is complex, and extends beyond art.
Art just happens to be the thing that we seem to pick on the most ferociously, likely because art is the most powerful and artists themselves are the least. By this I mean art has the potential to have a greater impact than most things do, and, save a very few, artists don't tend to have a lot of personal political clout or resource.
Speaking of citizenry not being consulted when the aesthetics of their cities shift:
What have you to say about the thousands of billboards, or even the selection of particularly hideous newer architecture, or the vulturous chain stores not owned by locals, which are all imposed upon the residents of Rochester?
It would be fascinating to have a dialogue with the community regarding this matter.
Is this so-called imposition limited to art? Are your aesthetic tastes offended when it comes to these billboards and predatory stores, or just when the projects are specifically labeled "art?"
Are these murals really egotistic impositions or could they be construed as an offering, or an attempt to open a dialogue within a city?
If you insist upon labeling the paintings egotistic impositions, are they worse than the abundance of shameless and greedy advertisements of things that are physically/morally/spiritually bad for us?
Do we feel motivated/empowered to protest and call out the corporate offenders, or is it just easier to pick on the efforts of not-so-wealthy little guys?
Is it possible to be offended by something and then moved to examine the self, i.e. what about this is offensive to me? Is the factor that I find offensive present in the art, or did I interpret it a certain way? (we all bring something of ourselves to the table when looking at art) Is it possible to have another look? Is there a possibility for dialogue and growth?
My point in writing this and all art articles is not to stand on a pedestal and tell people what to revere, but rather to provide a space for conversation about art and culture within our city. I am most delighted when we are able to approach these matters in a levelheaded, open, and civil manner, and least pleased when emotions and stubbornness reign. That gets us nowhere.
I think everyone who thinks this wall therapy is fun should read Paul Goldberg's letter of 7/24 in which he relates the experience of having to see a particularly (to him -- and to many others) unappealing mural every day. To me that would be aesthetic hell, and for every individual of very particular taste who gushes about the mural artists there may be countless ( and, shamefully, uncounted) others who have to live with the results for some indefinite term. A lot of this art is exciting, inventive, alive...but a lot of it, even "the best", is jarring, unsettling, and not at all what a lot of people going about their lives want to have to look at routinely. As far as I can tell, this initiative did not arise from any community need or interest and was, rather, imposed -- maybe with good intentions but not with true regard for or respect for anyone who wasn't on board. Public art needs to respect the public and serve the public. And when artists and art boosters have an idea to put out there for the supposed greater good, it does a disservice to the creative spirit to replace real dialogue with one-sided, self-righteous bullying.
no music line up this year..??might sell more tickets if we knew what bands are coming..
I just want to say the I love this. I really appreciate the fact that somebody is paying these world class muralists to make our city a more beautiful place. There are far too many blank walls around here, far too much ugliness.
While this is only a small element, it is a net positive for the city and makes it a more attractive place to be. Given our historical trend of declining population, and fewer people coming downtown, this can only help.
Though I can't speak for the festival organizers regarding why some artists are chosen to participate and others are not, it's worth mentioning that the artists you speak of specialize in wheatpaste, not murals.
so why isn't Spaceman, Ax, or Gingerbeard a part of this?
Go ru ru love the show .
It seems clear that while there was obviously effort put forth to write this article, it flowed smoothly as if the terminology and facets of the game were well understood. Just goes to show the nature of the sport in general.
This is probably the best article I have read about the sport from an outside perspective. Thanks for taking the time to write this and give some insight into this awesome culture.
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missed opportunitIES. I agree with you Eric. J lannister's return was so weak. If it was gonna be like that they could have postponed him entering the Red Keep and confronting Cersei until S4 and instead used a longer scene of him and QMaester walking through flea bottom in the S3 finale. The "move out of the way 'country boy'" line served well but it wasn't enough. That first moment in KL was a disappointment. People would argue that the following frame with Cersei didn't need any dialogue, just emotion and that it was intentionally vague (what is the status of their relationship now). I think that is BS, and a horrible strategy/idea. The only way to do it justice would be to carry on exactly from that breath of air in next season's opener.
I also like your point about Bran using the secret passage way. How could they not have built a set with the door he passes through??? That gave this part of his journey a mystic feeling to me and/or other types of feelings to different individuals. Visually that should have been something that we would expect from a thrones finale leaving the viewer with anticipation for next season.
I am most pissed about theon greyjoy and ramsay. Too many pointless scenes in my opinion. He was broken mentally the first time Ramsay flayed his finger. I've heard people say that since ramsay and reek werent in season 2 that it would have been too difficult to portray a similar version of events that occurred in the books. They should have had theon woken up inside of a burning winterfell by 'Reek'. Reek is among an armed force but he is not the clear leader. Theon does not know who these men are but joins them because they were sent by his sister to bring him to her at "the northern stronghold she is at" according to a man who theon perceives to be their leader. The next time we see theon they arrive at the dreadfort, unknown to Theon since he has never been there before. As they arrive Reek and Theon are bonding in the back of the pack. Reek reveals that he is a lowborn boy sent away by his father to be fostered here years ago and can relate to theon. Theon meets his sister aka the 'X', is bound, and realizes that he is in serious trouble. That night is when Reek smuggles Theon out of the castle and directs him toward another stronghold where knows ironborn forces are currently mobilized, all because he is sympathetic towards theon and is truly a friend. From there this version merges with the S3 version that appeared on screen. Theon is almost raped then Reek saves him again, showing off his supreme hunting ability because that part was cool and ironically was one of my favorite scenes from the season (probably because ramsay is one of my favorite characters which is clearly indicated by this big ass paragraph). Reek leads theon back, this time under the castle to the room with the X and turns on theon. Reek flays theon's finger (a single torture scene). Balon receives the letter from Ramsay Snow and instead of his dick, the box contains a bag of flayed flesh amounting to more that just one finger signifying that Theon has been significantly tortured.
Ya I know you could pick out flaws in my version but I made it up on the spot. My point is that writers should have spent more time plotting young Theon Greyjoy's part. There was a lack of creativity adapting the book version of events to the show with the exception of the scene where Ramsay looses arrows on his own men. Theon should have gone through a wider variety of experiences instead of being tortured week after week wondering who the fuck this guy who's torturing him is. Atleast give him the false identity of Reek.
Hit me back bro im interested to hear any thoughts you may have.
That's true in the show SBH, but in the book Niall he was considered their Great Great Grandfather, I just pointed that out because I was hoping maybe they would bring in the Dermot character their Great Uncle . :)
Niall-> Fintan- >, John
Hi bbanke, Jason called Niall his grandfather however he's a much older ancestor, Nialls son, John Stackhouse, promised the next fae bearing female Stackhouse to Macklyn Warlow in 1702.
Earl Stackhouse was Jason and Sookies grandfather, as seen in first episode in season 4, Earl was also faerie as he had been sent to Queen Mab to be "harvested".
Enough Bush!! Those sirens certainly had some !! And when they were dismissed, girl, you shake that thang....
I have finally decided to really treat the book/show as two different things. And unfortunately to the point where I don't seem to care about anything! Is it because of last season with "The Authority" Having gone so far off the path of how the books went?
I was talking with someone about the series and they had read that all the fun of the "small town" was gone... and that the only real piece of that left seem to be poor Andy... and even that seems to be gone too... And leave poor Terry to himself and his post traumatic stress disorder!
One interesting thing was that Niall (in the audio book it was pronounced Nigh-all) is Sookie and Jason's GREAT Grandfather. That their grandfather was Fintan who had sex with Gram. But that Fintan had a brother, Dermot who in the books looks EXACTLY like Jason.. this might be interesting if they chose to use that character, only to see Ryan Kwanten play both.
The musical score for this film was written be Eastman School of Music graduate, Steve Bramson.
I think Roxxxy was the best by far. Just take a look at the candy competition. Jinkx is just weird and deff didn't deserve to win. Everything 70's all day! Gosh 👎👎👎👎👎
You're absolutely correct, Stratford Fan. We've corrected the article. Thanks.
You should know that Tom Rooney, not Brian Bedford, plays the role of Angelo in Measure for Measure.
Stopruining: I haven't given away ANYTHING in this blog. Absolutely nothing above reveals any details of upcoming plots, or intimates anything that a reasonable savvy viewer couldn't figure out on his/her own (like Arya and the importance of the coin, or that the Joffrey/Margaery wedding is in the offing, or that more pain and misery is coming for EVERYONE). I've hinted at important events to come, but have not given details about any of it. The fact that the Red Wedding was such a surprise to the vast majority of show viewers -- despite the fact that those scenes have been around in book form for nearly 15 years -- should be proof enough that bloggers aren't interested in spoiling this story. I consider myself one of them.
And seriously, if you don't like my approach, feel free to read any of the other "Game of Thrones" blogs out there. I'm not going to do a scene-by-scene recap. That's boring. My approach is to look at the show from the perspective of someone who has read the books, and offer insight for show-only viewers who may be missing some of the details/color that you only get in the books.
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