While I am a huge fan of Wall Therapy, and am excited to once again be able to see murals go up and talk to artists, I am again disappointed that the Rochester artists picked for murals were once again ones who have worked with the Sweet Meat Co. in the past. It seems that in the past several years, they have either been from SMC, or are have been in shows with them, and that’s not to say that they aren't talented (I'm a huge fan of Shawnee's in particular), but there are so many talented artists in Rochester, and many of them are outside of this particular circle.
Wall Therapy pushes so many boundaries, and seems to pick so many varied artists from outside the city; it seems only natural that they would try to do the same with those they choose from their home base.
Last year's event was fun for us viewers, trying to find all the art (there is still some I haven't found) and watching the artists' different techniques. Offering sympathy for the hot weather occurring last year was universal. If there's a theme, it may be more accessible, but I still expect some mind-stretching work.
Everyone in Charlotte assumes that the one on the side of Steel River is Karl Marx. I've never known Charlotte to ever have been a fishing village, but I could be wrong.
If you want to see the books out from under glass, you can arrange a private showing with Anita Wahl, 428-8050.
The problem I have is although Art is fantastic. Some of those properties are being marketed for outside investment. Some outside investors look at Art as Graffiti or blight because they just do. Investors equal jobs and expansion of the tax base. By contributing to the perception of blight you may be inadvertently adversely effecting the very community you wish to promote. I am sorry for that as I like Art myself. I also like jobs and schools that have the resources to properly educate our children about the Arts. Just a thought.....
I think you need some more hashtags in the photo captions ... :)
The paintings are located on one building at the Atlantic and Greenleaf intersection, with one (by Peeta) about a block away on Atlantic just after the railway overpass. You'll definitely see them!
Where is a straightforward list of the locations/addresses for 2014 Writes of Spring murals?! Not here, not on the Wall Therapy website. Thx.
It is curious that the City has had several articles about guests in my studio (Niraj Lama and Imran Aslam) without ever interviewing the artist who owns the studio.
Kuma Gama - Clay Studio
Hungerford Building Suite #228
I like most of these, but can we put the kibash on any more creepy black-and-white skeletal animals like the 69ing rats and vulture-thing on the Genesee River Trail?
Nothing brings style to a neighborhood like a beautiful wall mural. Nice work!
At the risk of being labeled a philistine by Rochester’s self-appointed cultural mavens, my I express my hope that a bolt of lightning (or at least a few hundred pigeons) will soon take care of this latest of Paley’s metallic (metallICK?) monstrosities?
This is the best art thing going on in the city this year.
Something similar is happening on walls in Buffalo's Allentown District, which is similar to our Neighborhood of the Arts. I have lots of more ideas for wall murals and traffic singal box paintings in the city and maybe in the suburbs as well.
Our city is being transformed by these surprises of color and creativity happening in the most drab unexpected little corners. It's wonderful.
Will the MAG be inviting Tom Otterness back to town so he can slaughter another dog as his contribution to street "art".
I would like to thank the folks responsible for Wall Therapy. Some of the most respected and well-known wall muralists in the world now have traveled to our city and shared their work. They see Rochester as a destination to meet their peers from around the world and share ideas and fellowship, as evidenced by the fact that many have made repeat visits from very distant places to participate. They have purposefully chosen some of the most challenged neighborhoods in our city to beautify and create inspiration. They have given many of our city's most talented local artists an opportunity to both share their work in highly visible venues, and to be included in the global media attention that the event has achieved. They have encouraged an atmosphere of diversity and free expression, of joy and community. They achieved this through grassroots support and hard work, and financed it through the contributions of folks who understand Wall Therapy's value. The barking of a small handful of critics cannot change these facts.
Having the privilege of seeing artists create...watching bare and barren spaces be transformed into vibrant surfaces...encouraging the public to explore and participate...Two thumbs up, Wall Therapy. Thanks, Rebecca.
In the Spirit of conversation Gingerbeard did propose an Idea for a Mural to be done in Wheatpaste or Paint. The Idea was Fredrick Douglas with one of his famous quotes ." It is easier to build strong children then to repair broken men." This Idea was proposed to be done in the south wedge being that Fredrick Douglas himself lived right on south avenue.
I'd personally like to thank all that have taken the time to respond and discuss this matter further. From Rebecca Rafferty who has written an amazing article and an equally well written response. To Mr. Jack Russell for vocalizing his concerns over the project and what it's impact could be on the Rochester area. We as a community can never hope to improve if we don't hear all the sides of a discussion, and willing to understand others views. So thank you to all for taking the time to write in.
If it helps, I'd just like to take a moment to address the point that Jack Russell made in his last message: "That doesn't mean the mural project is all wrong; however, I think people who back it should be aware of the negative side and be more prepared to accommodate those who feel adversely affected -- not simply vilify those who are not happy with what's going on."
The crew and supporters of this endeavor have taken that into account and have brought in some very talented people to handle all aspects of the public relations for the entire week (and beyond if necessary). They literally have a small team of people busily working away answering questions, in person and online, and listening to any and all concerns regarding the murals being created and the artists creating them. Rest assured that there will not be any vilification or negative/libelous statements directed at anyone from our crew, we respect those who have different opinions than us, with the understanding that we wish to be offered the exact same respect when offering our own opinion.
For instance, I myself have been out in the community at all the mural locations taking time to talk with onlookers to get their opinions and to listen to any concerns they might have. I'm happy to say that the number of individuals upset or worried were practically non-existent. The few that were worried not only were happy to discuss the matter, but were shocked when the artists themselves took time from their murals to discuss the matter. The Wall\Therapy team and the artists have the utmost respect for Rochester and it's citizens, and we hope that this shows through to any and all who wish to discuss the matter any further.
Should you wish to discuss anything over with the crew you can find the contact information via the website, or send them a message on any of the social media outlets like twitter or Facebook.
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