Public Art gets a thumbs-up from Clark County Commissioners. Robin Stark & Eric Pawloski's figures were "Centered."
"We were late coming to the game of public art
but I think we've shown the County
can step up to it the right way."
- Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani
FUNDING NEWS: On Tuesday, Clark County Commissioners approved refilling cultural coiffures with $1.3 million to continue public art programming and administration. The money was raised through initiatives championed by Commissioner Giunchigliani and far it has funded recent rounds of ZAP boxes, "Centered" median projects, restoration of existing work, and keep new public art on track to being completed. The update on public art programming was made by Jane Pike, director of Clark County Parks & Recreation.
Those budget expenditures includes maintenance, which of course, brought up Lance Smith's ZAP box on South Maryland Parkway that was whitewashed in beige earlier this summer. During the discussion, without being specific there was a reference to an undisclosed individual who considered "the box evil," and who may or may not have been responsible for the box painted over for offending a limited political and social perspective. There was a general consensus by other commissioners that after community meetings, rounds of approvals, and outreach, all funded by the public art budget, anyone unhappy about content may have to "live with it." The owner of the strip mall where Smith's box resides was fond of the public art and is being very supportive, according to Commissioner Giunchigliani.
The meeting also revealed the next round of ZAP boxes may be the outlying District C. The commissioner for that district, Larry Brown, while looking forward to the project, said he would like to see the rural identity of his district reflected in incoming ZAP art.
TV Critic: Paul Joncich for 8NewsNow covered the meeting and at the end of the report the anchors asked “Who decides what kind of art goes up?” The question came with some chuckling.
LESSON PLAN: I will admit defining what public art can be complicated. This video may ease doubts the public (or broadcasters) may have. The wisdom of this six-year-old guide, and KQED, was shared during the presentation by Pike. "Are you suppose to interact with it? Does it refer to the community?" asks the kid curator. "Get out there and notice your local art."
MORE ART 'SPLAINING: Settlers + Nomads “5 for FIVE” series offer their second entry. Meet artist Ash Ferlito.
WORLD MOVER AND SHAKER: Roz Knight, founder and guardian of City of the World gallery, is profiled in The Review Journal I R.J.
DISH: The seventh chapter of "Dishing It Out 2016" opens at Wonderland Gallery on Preview Thursday and First Friday. This political satire campaign, curated by Diane Bush, could not have picked a better election year. Facebook
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: A scrapped Burning Man installation was classified as “applied art” and "so do not afford it the same rights that a work of 'visual art' would have under the Visual Artists Rights Act or VARA of 1990," says one of the three judges overseeing the case. It brings up the question if VARA should be updated so to lower "the risk of unduly restricting VARA’s reach and the risks of turning judges into art critics.” Observer Culture I Previous backstory at ArtNet
El Mac and Marquis 'Retna' Lewis, La Madre (The Mother - detail), 2010-2015, Aerosol and acrylic on canvas. Courtesy Mesa Arts Center.
BRING EL MAC TO LAS VEGAS: 'Aerosol Exalted" featuring El Mac closes August 7 I Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum.
AXED: Public art cancelled in Rio de Janeiro due to cultural budget cuts. I ArtNewspaper + ArtNet
NOT AXED: Large-scale street art in Rio de Janeiro is thriving and being shared on Instagram I TimeMagazine
SPEAKING OF 'SPLAINING" TO DO: On August 6, on what would have been her 105th birthday, a new statue of Lucille Ball will make its debut. Created by Carolyn Palmer, it replaces the 2009 statue of Ball by David Poulin, which became known as “Scary Lucy” after becoming a viral sensation last year I Entertainment Weekly + Yahoo
"My generation is over. But I meet a lot of people
who’ve been influenced by what I do,
and they’re interpreting it in their own ways."
Chaz Bojorquez, the Godfather of Cholo Writing, via LATaco.
TOUR OF TOURS: Hyperallergic has a guide to historic artist studios in New York City. . . Chicagoist took another look at Picasso's public art from 1967 and it leads to a quick trip of other works in the city . . . A tour of public art in Fort Worth by KERA News . . . NYC Parks Department maps out their public art. It starts with two categories: Permanent Art / Monuments and Temporary Public Art I NYC
STARS AND STRIPES: An American flag mural in Florida was confirmed Tuesday by the Guinness World Records to be the largest flag mural in the world. The mural by Robert "Whaling Walls" Wyland is 554 feet by 299 feet I FoxNews
"You have a sky here that is magical. It's not like other skies.
Other skies are high up, and you're not conscious of them.
But the sky here, the clouds - they come in low over,
and they become aware of them."
Robert Irwin in Marfa, Texas, site of his current installation I NPR
"Right now, art is an economic model. The proof of that is how almost essential art fairs have become. One of the assumptions there is that everything the artist does can be hung on a temporary wall with temporary patching and in temporary lighting, which is bizarre. And the more and more influential this becomes, the less it has anything to do with art. I don’t fit inside that model." Robert Irwin via ArtForum
Above: Stephen Hendee created sculpture for the celebration of 30 years of public art programming in the City of Las Vegas.