Art in April, Point Loma/Harvey Branch Library

by on April 5, 2009 · 6 comments

in Ocean Beach, San Diego

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Our neighbor, Hannah Creighton, invited us to share the sunny day with some local artists and art patrons. It was a small show and I’m sorry I didn’t get to talk to everyone, but all the artists had beautiful things to show and sell, were very friendly and the atmosphere was wonderful!

Click on the pictures to see larger versions of them and leave comments for these great ladies and their work!

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avatar Dickie April 6, 2009 at 10:54 am

Really nice photo essay, Patty, and it is nice to see some delightful and inspired art out there in Pt. Loma. Thanks to you and the obragblog for giving these dedicated artists a little more exposure. Hooray for public art!!

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avatar OB Joe April 6, 2009 at 10:32 pm

“Ditto” – thanks Dickie for the plug for public art. do you support whatsisname? the “Obey” guy- he was arrested recently in Boston – there was a post on the OB Rag not too long ago, just can’t recall his name right now – the late hour and smoked filled rooms.

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avatar Molly April 6, 2009 at 10:38 pm

I bet these ladies didn’t sell much that day. I know sales of art are down – people don’t buy it in economic downturns. I feel for them. All that work.

Of course, community-level representational art does have its limitations, but some of the colors – despite the camera – are magnificent.

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avatar Frank Gormlie April 6, 2009 at 10:43 pm

Shepard Fairey is the name of the artist, OB Joe. Here is the article, and in fact, the story involves an old friend of Dickie’s and mine, who is an artist and used to live in OB, Lincoln Cushing.

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avatar Dickie April 7, 2009 at 10:55 am

I never heard of this Fairey guy till the obragblog article in February. When I said hooray for public art I wanted to add the idea of people/neighbors/friends in a community sharing their creativity and expression (in whatever medium), to the idea of single installation art, or grafitti art as the only kind of public art.

As far as plagiarism goes . . . boy it sure is easy in the digital age!! . . .
. . . But maybe the issue gets more complex too. I appreciated the arguments in the article you referenced by Mark Vallen (which I assume LincolnC agrees with) but go to the following site:
http://www.josart.net/mmpaint1.html
this is the work of an artist of my acquaintance who based a series of satirical works on his multimedia overlays on top of exact replicas of Thomas Kincaide’s very popular iconic (insipid?) American art. Plagiarism? I’d say no . . . disturbingly insightful? brilliantly acerbic? satiric to the point of tragic? yeah . . . so what is art anyway?

And then there is the question of “fair use” (which I think is Fairey’s defense against the AP plagiarism lawsuit on the Obama image) (like when an author is quoted in someone else’s article, or, more controversial these days, the practice of “sampling” from old recordings in contemporary music production). I believe in some measure we have to adapt to the new capacities the new technologies give us . . . I’ll leave the details to the intellectual property lawyers . . .

. . . but mainly kudos to those neighbors and friends who are willing to share their work in a public manner (including the documenters, Patty). An inspiration to me to be sure.

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avatar Frank Gormlie April 7, 2009 at 6:23 pm

Wow Dickie. enjoyed those overlays, reminds me of the Christmas cards Berkeley Joe used send to friends, depicting Santa and the Reindeer, for example, coming upon some hunter who’s got a chain-saw.

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