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Is Sioux Falls really an artistic community?

First, I would like to say that it is (in some respects) and has really come a long ways over the past 5-7 years.

That being said, when I think of the genuine artistic side of Sioux Falls, I think of the artists themselves. Sioux Falls is spilling over with talented visual and musical artists. We also have many great people involved in theatre, dance and literature. But when I think of our business community, I don’t think they really ‘get it’ and it’s not that don’t want to give money or support it (Arc of Dreams) I just think they have too much focus on ‘Economic Development’. Guess what? Not everything in life that you do will bring you wealth, maybe it will bring you happiness?

Sioux Falls artists made it clear the current political climate isn’t the only barrier to a more robust scene.

Zach DeBoer, who owns Exposure Gallery and Studios, said he would like to see more dedicated funding from the city.

“We don’t currently have something like that,” said DeBoer, who has been a public advocate for the arts and serves on the city’s visual arts commission

Even if we were not talking about the arts in Sioux Falls, there seems to be this mentality from the business community that everything we invest in Sioux Falls should have a return on it. While I would agree when it comes to the arts and entertainment (which we don’t currently have a positive return on) at the grassroots level and the arts it’s more about community building than anything and supporting local artists is much like supporting local business.

I don’t get involved with LOCAL art clubs, groups or committees anymore, but I certainly support the young artists in our community that do, hopefully they can succeed where I just gave up fighting the arts political hierarchy. Anything is possible.

Detroit Lewis DOC review; Burden

I think If I would ever aspire to be a great artist, I would want to be Chris Burden. I think his transformation from crazy performance art to amazing sculptor is fascinating.

Maybe the city budget isn’t so tight

When I see things like this in the city council’s consent agenda (Item#1), it makes me wonder just how ‘tight’ the budget is and all these supposed cuts and fee increases. Sure, this was probably budgeted last year, but the council could pull it from the agenda and vote it down, or even push it to next year. I think the Orpheum will be just fine.

Saving the Mural at Black Sheep Coffee

From Charles Luden

First branches were cut down to remove shadows. A series of high resolution images were taken to be spliced together later. Measurements were taken so the camera was always the same exact distance from the wall. Mark, Bill’s father-in-law, initiated the saving process.  (Bill, now deceased bought Black Sheep from Todd.)  Bill’s uncle now owns Black Sheep. Paul Heckel who has an ad agency and more did the camera work. His company is named LIT and is on the north east corner of 10th and Main – across from the Carnegie building where the city council meets. Charles Luden shot these photos during the process. I don’t know when Paul will have the finished image completed, but he we will probably print them out at 100% and have the mural recreated.

Eyob Mergia (who know lives in Las Vegas) based the mural on the painting Jazz Band ( Dirty Style Blues ) 1944 by Jean Dubuffet 1901-1985 France French.

Eyob and I did this mural by my hot tub called ‘Swimming Ladies’

Poetry Reading

There will be a group of poets reading their stuff  Saturday May 6th at 7 PM at Zandbros in downtown Sioux Falls. The reading celebrates the release of the recent Scurfpea Publishing poetry anthology, I Walked by the River

Detroit Lewis DOC review; Citizen Jane: Battle for the City

Love the above quote.

Some in power in this great town think they are the ONLY one who gets to make the grand decisions, like when it comes to Indoor Pools or Administration buildings.

In this Documentary, Jane Jacobs takes citizen activism to her city, NY, on a large scale;

Citizen Jane is a timely tale of what can happen when engaged citizens fight the power for the sake of a better world. Arguably no one did more to shape our understanding of the modern American city than Jane Jacobs, the visionary activist and writer who fought to preserve urban communities in the face of destructive development projects. Director Matt Tyranuer (Valentino: The Last Emperor) vividly brings to life Jacobs’ 1960s showdown with ruthless construction kingpin Robert Moses over his plan to raze lower Manhattan to make way for a highway, a dramatic struggle over the very soul of the neighborhood.

Jane shows that you can make a difference on a local level, and take on the ‘big wigs’ and win.

Detroit Lewis DOC review; Traceroute

Besides the fact TRACEROUTE has won numerous indie doc awards and has gotten fantastic reviews, you don’t have to be a Nerd or into Nerd culture to enjoy this film, in fact it may get you to understand it more.

What makes TR great is that it is hilarious. Not rolling on the ground, crying, trying to catch your breath funny. But constantly laughing in your head because of the constant comedic comments by the director, producer, writer and and narrator Johannes Grenzfurthner.

“You can’t make fun of LA, it’s beyond parody, like Henry Kissinger receiving the Nobel Peace Prize.”

And while Johannes is covering a topic that has been covered a million times before, he brings originality to the film, by making fun of mundane documentaries, by filming this like a mundane documentary. (oh, and on a personal note, they stop at the Henry Miller museum in Big Sur, a place I have been).

You will either really like this DOC, or you will be cursing me for wasting 2 hours of your life. Oh well.

Traceroute is a 2016 Austrian/American documentary film directed by Johannes Grenzfurthner. The autobiographical documentary and road movie deals with the history, politics and impact of nerd culture. Grenzfurthner calls his film a “personal journey into the uncharted depths of nerd culture, a realm full of dangers, creatures and more or less precarious working conditions”,[1] an attempt to “chase the ghosts of nerddom’s past, present and future.”[2] The film was co-produced by art group monochrom and Reisenbauer Film. It features music by Kasson Crooker, Hans Nieswandt, and many others.




Should we still fund the NEA?

Of course we should.

Whichever side of the federal funding for the arts and humanities debate you stand on, in light of the proposal to not only eliminate future funding but also renege on already promised funding for 2017, please inform yourself of what is at stake locally. It’s substantial.

I had a revelation the other day when our beloved president decided to shoot 59 cruise missles into Syria. Did you know a cruise missle is valued at $1 million a piece. We don’t have the money to fund the NEA but we have $59 million to harass a country? This is why it often irks me when people cry about funding the arts, public broadcasting, Planned Parenthood or SNAP. You want to know what the biggest waste of your tax dollars are? The Pentagon. We could easily cut military spending in half, and still be the strongest military force on the planet while providing even better care to our veterans.

You might think I’m against arts funding with all my criticism of the Pavilion and SculptureWalk, not at all, I just think if these projects are going to receive funding, they should be using it prudently, I get that argument from the Right. I have benefitted from arts funding tremendously since I have lived in Sioux Falls (mostly to display my work, but not much monetary). But if it weren’t for local (city), state, and private funding also, the NEA couldn’t work.

Personally, I think the president is just blowing a bunch of smoke to piss off the liberals when it comes to cutting the NEA and Public Broadcasting, but I guess we will have to wait an see, afterall, we elected this monkey not based on a popular vote so anything is possible these days.

The American Dream (H/T – KH & RH)

One of my FB posted this last night and I asked if I could post it. Her son did this in Art Class about the American Dream.

Nice Card

Every time I think I’m going to give up my blog, I get a great card like this in the mail. Thank You!