Thursday, May 21, 2009
IN SERVICE OF COMMUNITY
MEETING Wed 5/27 6:00 p.m.
A BRAINSTORMING MEETING
CREATING NEW FORMS OF PUBLIC ART TO COMBAT NOXIOUS GRAFFITI
Corcoran Neighborhood has received seed money and is seeking artists and other creatives to help brainstorm and develop a startlingly new ( to Minneapolis) graffiti prevention program that uses public artforms.
(Please note that around here we use the term 'graffiti' to refer to gang tags, which are a serious problem in our neighborhood and are starkly different than public art, including aerosol art, including the great work that goes on at Intermedia Arts etc.)
CNO organizer Eric Gustafson traveled to Oaxaca city, Mexico in April 2008. Oaxaca has problems with graffiti and tagging that are similar, or arguably worse, than Minneapolis'. Oaxaca also has a thriving creative class and “Do-It-Yourself” ethic that recalls the Corcoran/Powderhorn area of Minneapolis. Widely evident in Oaxaca City is a simple but compelling form of public art that any audience will recognize as serving multiple purposes: to beautify, to celebrate local culture and heroes, to provoke thought about ideas and issues, and to prevent future tagging. Most of these images are simple graphic art that utilize minimal lines and shading to express an idea. Most are either pre-printed or painted on durable paper and then applied to a wall surface with decoupage/adhesive (the same technique used widely to apply outdoor posters and advertising in Mexico), or applied directly to the wall with a paint brush.At the meeting, Eric will share examples of public art in Oaxaca city, Mexico.
Please mark your calendar for Wednesday, May 27, 6pm. Susan Hensel has generously offered use of her gallery space (3441 Cedar) for the meeting. Please invite others, especially the creatively inclined.