Was shocked to see the murals on Davies Reid, they look so tacky there and ruin the building and surrounding aesthetics. The city should have told them to stop those mural and remove them rather than allowing them to continue.
Excellent article on a fascinating artist. Mr. Rockman is one of the only contemporary artists that addresses environmental issues in an interesting way. He also illustrated and was the subject of a book about the search for an extinct wolf-like predator called Carnivorous Nights--on the Trail of the Tasmanian TIger.
Just a quick point of clarification; I am advocating for going through the usual channels for public art with this proposed 'art intervention.' In order for the art to have significant meaning, it would need to have a community base of support for it. It would mean that a formal proposal would need to be submitted and accepted, otherwise it would likely be viewed just as negatively as the original mural.
Thank you again for asking for my input to your essay, 'The Fine Line Between Art and History.' You handled a sensitive subject very well. Nice going Anna. It was interesting to read what the people who work in the old courthouse had to say about it. Heather and Dallas had notable takes on it too. I thought it was telling that out of the three indigenous people you interviewed, you got three different answers. It obviously means that the issue is more complex than it seems and there are no easy answers.
In the meantime it stands as a beacon to American apartheid, both past and present.
I posted it at my blog site:
This sets a gold standard for writing about the arts in Boise. In fact, it reveals an area where BAM might have brought better educational programming to the Hartley show by offering talks or workshops germane to Hartley's life as a poet as well as painter. Bravo!
Glad to see this article. Urban art projects will, hopefully, become more robust at Boise grows. [out of service] compiles guerrilla art items in Boise here: outofservice.vox.com.
I went Art Alley to support my daughter's efforts ... and was amazed at how much fun it was ... how relaxed I became ... lots of laughter and comraderie ... and I made pretty good stuff ... practical too (I Imade a greting card) and other fun things ...
Sounds great! How lucky we are to live in such a creative community as Boise. Support the arts and artists!
Wonderful review. The writer was brilliant! I felt as though I was in the museum. I plan on attending while I am in Boise. Thank you so very much for introducing me to Faith Ringold!
This story is a great rundown about what Boise has done and is doing to support the arts, both from a government and private sector perspective. There is an interesting thread going on at the link below about how much and even whether government support actually helps the arts:
Tom is hands down the best structural engineer in Town. We are very luck to have him!
You have got to be kidding? This is what art has come to?
Well well, all the darlings of the Boise Art Community. Would it not be a better show to exhibit work of individuals who are not already fixtures in the art community. I understand that they are very talented, but they needed a break at one point too. No wonder there is no new artists, just the same old thing.
LOL! Eat a "BAG" Chet! Chew on it real good too.
Like most people around here you sound about as bright as the high school drop outs that complain the Boise is not Cool enough for them. When something different comes around you bitch till the cows come home. Where is the party? Not at Chet's, he is to busy being a hater and living the idaho scenic life surrounded by bears, ducks, deer, and jumping trout. Hope you can see past the woods, times are changin' or maybe you already know that. Just sounds like you don't.
Well done, Toby and Fred.
haha, uh, you're kidding right? So much spite...comes off as jealousy of toby's talent. I love the mural!
Oh please. The Record Exchange used to be a unique, interesting building that was fun to look at each morning on the drive to work. Now its an ugly eye-sore. The horrible orange color and sophmoric drawings certainly do not indicate to me that there is a "hip" business within and the "vision" was stale immediately. Thanks for removing one of the coolest murals in town and replacing it with such an embarrasing mess of paint. Perhaps you could make that wall around the downtown hole in the ground your next project - Toby Robin may be the only person in the world who could make that location even more embarassing.
Keep up the good work on the art articles. The ones I've read are terrific. There was a noticeable omission in the 'Pushing Neon' article, but I suspect it was at subject's request. No matter; I found info elsewhere. Bravo.
As a happy owner of a BrendaKaye original, I was delighted by Gina's article on Brenda and her art. She captured the essence of what makes Brenda's works so extraordinary and desireable. I hope the exposure from this article will help others appreciate the vision of BrendaKaye's Idaho.
Goodnight sweet prince, and I want you to stop stealing my VODKA!!!!
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