Moving forward from heavy criticisms of the the recent Silicon Beach Town Hall, maybe it is time for a little hope. In Venice Beach, when it comes to creativity, anything is possible…
SILICON BEACH: RESURRECTION OF THE ARTIST AS HERO
October 30, 2010
Great article Jamie. I read it it and I agree 100%. I personally will be doing my part to bridge the gap between industry and Community through the vehicle of Art. The Venice Art Crawl won a Venice Spirit Award last year. The Board of the VAC and a few select contributors like myself and Elly Nesis received a Certificate of Recognition from Bill Rosendahl. We are planning Art Festivals and weekly Art Parties that invite industry in to showcase their wares. In short art will save Venice in spite of the negative energy that a few people and organizations like the so called venice stakeholders and bloggers like jimmymack. Good will destroy evil it will just take some time.
October 30, 2010
June 17, 2009
I guess I take art serious and maybe some find it funny.
Some art is meant to be funny. Like the Dogs Playing Poker oils by C. M. Coolidge, the works of Gary Larson as well as many others who are all very much real & true artists. Artists often strive to evoke emotion with their work. Humour falls into the human spectrum of emotion under the Joy category. Timeless and beautiful work does not have to be moody, dark, tragic, convoluted or enigmatic to be art.
Thanks for the responses. It is a dreamy Sunday. Other times, I am more practical and even critical and bitchy. There is the dream and there is the reality. Today, I had a few minutes where I saw them meet. And I put it out there feeling a lot of love and hope for my community. If someone thinks that is cheesy or funny, have a laugh. If someone else is inspired to do whatever he or she can to unite creativity and social responsibility, what a blessing. It is all fine as long as there is respect. We have to love each other, not each other's work. But, I am so grateful when someone is effected mine.
Have a great week!
October 30, 2010
Thank you for your response Venitian. However when I referred to art as serious to me, let's be clear, I meant in the context of it's ability to impact a Community. That is a very serious tool to combat a very serious issue. That issue is the homeless, crime and the apathetic attitude of some funny people. That is why I find art serious because it has to be used as a weapon to diffuse some of the ills that plague our Great Nation. So yes art in all it's forms have to be utilized. Funny art, serious art, political art, sexual art etc. So yes it is a serious as any tool for Cultural change. Like say, nonviolence, Tea Parties, or Occupy. Jamie is right, at the end of the day, "We have to love each other". Lol.
October 25, 2010
Feelings of elation and of transcendance, floating upon a great sense of well being. Living in a magical, mythical land of perpetual revelations and art that brings ecstatic visions. Great feelings but it's no epipheny.
Venice is a community of Los Angeles where people live. Where people live they find their own paths to wisdom and meaning while living day to day. Google et al are businesses operating on the Internet, a communications network, facilitating communications between infinite communities that have their own purposes and who find their own magical and mythical lands of revelations and art, when they wish, while Google's et al's stockprices make stockholders very happy.
You feel much but comprehend little.
April 13, 2012
Jamie – Thank you for your post. While I don't agree with what you're saying I honestly enjoy reading your posts. They are thoughtful and pure – and they really help me understand what you are feeling about the topics you write about. Two things I'd like to discuss with you…
1. Are The Homeless are the Core of our Community? I get the sense that you and some other posters feel like the homeless folks are the heart and soul of Venice. I've lived here for 14 years and I've never seen any of the homeless folks contributing anything positive to our community. They're not artists or poets. They're not painting murals. They're not telling jokes or sharing something special on the boardwalk. Maybe at some time in Venice's past the street folk were actually contributors to the community but these days you're lucky if you get a 'good morning' out of some of them. They're not even friendly. I go out of my way to say hello and I more often receive a look of indignation than a smile. Or are you saying that Venice's past is a history of compassion and of embracing folks in need of a helping hand? If that's the case than I'd say that we are still a community of compassion. There are plenty of services in our community for those in need. The folks on the street are not taking advantage of the services we already provide. What additional services can/should we offer? The folks that want to utilize the programs and services are using them. The rest of the folks don't want the services we offer them. They want to live a life free of rules and responsibility – and while it's fully within their rights to choose that lifestyle why is it not only our responsibility to take care of them but we have to to out of our way to make them feel comfortable often at our own personal detriment. My final question on this issue is one of pragmatism. The problem with any plan that enables the homeless to stay on the street is that the comfortable conditions they create attract more and more homeless people to our neighborhood. Even if we magically 'solve' our homeless problem it'll only be a temporary fix as hundreds more homeless folks will show up looking for the same easy breazy lifestyle every year.
2. Why is Change Bad? Why does it sound like anything that improves the quality of life here in Venice is sucking the soul out of Venice? The neighborhood is changing. Home prices are going up. The restaurants are getting better. Why is that bad? Change happens everywhere. Housing costs go up. This is not a new concept. I moved here 14 years ago and could barely afford $700 in rent. Now that same place would probably rent for about $1800 at market rate (but only $1058 with rent control). If I still had the same job and made the same salary as I did back then I might not be able to afford to live at the beach. So what? That's life. I'd have to get a place in West LA. Or get a roommate. I feel like people are complaining because they can't find a cheap place to live in Venice. It's not a 'right' to live here in Venice – it's a privilege. If you can't afford to live here it's not because the neighborhood is improving – it's because you have been living in a dream world where nothing changes. Sounds like poor planning to me. On the topic of Venice changing – people live in and visit Venice for the diversity of art and culture. Just because the neighborhood is changing doesn't mean that we will lose what's special about Venice. I'd say it's our job as folks that live here to make sure we help Venice maintain it's weirdness. Shame on us if we can't help Venice keep the spirit of Venice alive even if things change. Finally – why the hating on Google. What have they done since they got here (barely 5 months ago) that is so awful? They took an historic building that was in disrepair and restored it to it's old glory. They have several worthwhile community programs. They bring hundreds of folks with great energy and money to our neighborhood every day. There are dozens of other tech companies in the neighborhood as well (except Facebook which just moved to Playa Vista because they didn't think Venice was safe). Why is it bad to have these tech companies here? They're here because they like our vibe. The people that work at these places love being in Venice. Why do we look down on them as they are in some way undesirable? Change isn't bad. It's lack of change or the ability to adapt that creates problems.
Anyway, like I said – I enjoy reading your posts. I hope you'll read mine and we can both continue seek to understand both sides of Free Venice Culture…
October 30, 2010