Raleigh Barrett is a vegan Angeleno transplant who has lived in the NoHo Arts District for five years. She certainly won’t be leaving California in the next four years. Raleigh recently graduated from the University of Chicago with a Master of Arts specializing in Linguistic Anthropology. While in Chicago, she worked as the Gallery Assistant at the Renaissance Society. Raleigh is thrilled to be back and blogging for the NoHo Arts District.
Daniel DeBevoise, Guest Blogger
During the summer, NoHo Gallery LA exhibited a series of photographs highlighting past NoHo Arts District Festivals. I was impressed by the number of people frequenting the gallery who appreciated this retrospective and expressed strong desires to see a revival of the festivals. The festivals did so much to benefit the NoHo theatres, galleries and small businesses,in general. Fortunately, the Experience NoHo Arts Festival coming up this November 12th is a much needed boost to the NoHo community.
I know it has been awhile since I have been the one writing my blog. I hope you enjoyed all of the amazing artists that filled in for me. I know I did.
Now I can tell you where I have been and what I have been up to. I have been knee deep in creating a comprehensive Arts Festival for the district! It is a long story as to how we got here but one I think that is worth sharing.
Today, the splendor of Graffiti is at an all-time high, vying for its share of the white cubical space of “Fine Art” galleries and public space in general. However it is the misuse of the term Fine Art that is acting as a negative charge towards something as positive as Graffiti. I have heard the term used to describe art other than Graffiti, in hopes as to separate styles of art and hinder its positive impact on both the “Art World” and our cultural fabric as well.
Self-supporting aerosol art organization promises to continue giving artists the materials and a chance to shine in a world of wasted potential and unyielding politics
ArtStorm – THE ART OF KINGS – founded in Los Angeles in 2001, is celebrating ten years of dedication to providing free canvas, paint and safe and legal locations for young people to pursue the aerosol and marker urban art form.
Oscar Wilde said “Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist not the sitter.” I may not have agreed with this when I first started creating, but now, almost 20 years after I first picked up a camera, I can see its truth looking back on my body of work and its evolution.
In my continuing quest to unravel the super graphics laws that are currently restricting murals in Los Angeles I have come across the key issue that continues to plague City Council. How do you distinguish Art from advertisement?
At first glance this seems to be easily done. One is created to advertise a product, the other is created to ............... You see where I am going with this. The reality is billions of people through out time have devoted countless hours trying to understanding the meaning behind the Art they are confronted by on a daily basis. From the Romans who would use Art to “ advertise “ their patrons social status to the Catholics who have created Art to propagate christianity. The lines between Art and advertisement have always been blurry.
With the success of MOCA's current exhibit "Art in the Streets" the flood gates have been opened to the many complex issues of the street art movement. A movement that has taken every major city in the world by storm.
My hope in this series of blogs is to open a dialog, take you through the issues one step at a time, and shed light on how other major cities have handled the issue of street art. I think the best place to start the discussion is with "murals" commission by private property owners on commercial or residential property.
I have heard the question raised over and over again " Why don't street artists just ask permission from the property owners? ". In reality many artists do ask, however in the city of Los Angeles, artwork murals on private property that is in view of the public is ILLEGAL regardless of whether or not the artist has permission, or if the property owner has commissioned the work.