Another point Mr. McDonald brings up is that the image evokes blackface minstrel shows (a popular subject for anyone who's ever taken an American Literature class in college). Again, I'm just not seeing that in Lopez's painting, where he paints Badu's face in the warm, yellowy light of a nightclub stage rigging. Generally blackface performers apply dark resin makeup to truly make their face blacker, along with bright red lipstick. Initially white performers did this, but soon black performers applied the stereotype to themselves (whether they co opted the stereotype or were victims of its own pitiful success is still being debated in academia).
Submitted by Chuck Adams on Thu, 08/14/2008 10:18
Lane Arts Council is always appreciative when its name is mentioned in an art discussion. And, like you, we value accuracy.
Ive recently heard all these statements; havent you? Are you folks at the EW paying any attention to these issues at all? Ive tried to write this without dissing the artist, whose work I would have otherwise felt free to ignore, but I have to wonder why you chose this particular artist, and this particular image, to celebrate. Shame.
By the way, Lane Arts Council is glad to be helping with funding for the mural installation Steven will paint inside Fenario Gallery next month as part of his exhibit.
in a movie poster). But the thing is: Badu has big, bold lips.
Besides making those who wear such buttons look like racist imbeciles, it's hard to take such right wing buffoonery seriously, but Mr. McDonald sure does.
The painting's creator, Steven Lopez (whom I profile in this week's issue), paints these images of R and soul singers as part of his After Midnight series of paintings. Lopez says he paints these in the pre dawn hours (hence: after midnight) all in one go. This allows him to set up his video camera and take the time lapse videos you can watch below, all of which are set to music by the artists he paints. Watch more videos and see other examples of Lopez's work at his website/blog, I Keep Moving. And be sure to check out his solo exhibition at the Fenario Gallery, opening on Sept. 5 and running through Sept. 28.
I was horrified by the cover of last weeks issue. mail (check out the book Without Sanctuary if you dont believe the latter).
I know Suzi will at least weigh in here to correct my blundering thoughts. :)
While I don't deny that these are important issues still relevant today, as proven by the candidacy of Barack Obama (as Mr. McDonald notes above), I also don't see how emphasizing the Saucony Burger
Also, you state: "Lopezs murals stand out " like his homage to Japanese wood block prints on the side of the Rest EZ Mattress Factory on West 7th."
During the ArtWall project the five paid artists and dozens of teens completed 10 projects and murals. All were collaborations, some temporary, some intended to be more permanent (like the one you refer to in your question), and one was a "free" wall. (FYI, ArtWall was made possible by funding from the City of Eugene.)
For that reason we hope to clarify your question to Steven which suggests some fuzziness around details: "Although you certainly jumped through hoops to secure funding through the Lane Arts Council for the ArtWall in downtown Eugene (in the alley between 10th and Broadway, off Willamette). "
If any of this seems fuzzy, you could watch Bamboozled; Spike will break it down for you. Do you folks believe that we live in some sort of post racist wonderland where we no longer need to be aware of our sad collective history, and to be vigilant lest that history reassert itself? Are you not aware that a scary number of Americans are making jokes that, if Obama is elected, we will no longer be able to call the presidential residence the White House, while others are absolutely convinced that he is a radical Muslim and closet Islamofascist, all evidence to the contrary be damned?
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We enjoyed seeing this wonderful display of Steven Lopez's work In Eugene Weekly and look forward to his visit.
Indeed, this mural was an ArtWall project commission painted by three artists: Kauz, Task, and (Steven Lopez).
If we'd run the above image on the cover, would that have been racist? Imagine if Lopez painted this same portrait, only using Angelina Jolie, would Mr. McDonald object to that, too?
If you like the artwork you see on the cover of this week's Eugene Weekly (8/7/08), then you might be interested to see it created using time lapse photography. Saucony Ride 6
Lane Arts Council's executive director, Douglas Beauchamp, emailed me to clarify some of the information provided in our cover story on former Eugene muralist Steven Lopez. Here's his message:
I close this blog entry with a citation of the film, Ghost World, where the main character, a high schooler, reproduces an ad from earlier in the century that uses the blackface stereotype to sell chicken. The art work infuriates the white, middle class yuppies in the film, but wins praises from the art teacher (pictured below) for daring to challenge the status quo. My only question to Mr. McDonald (and our lively blog audience) is: Should EW censor such potentially disturbing images out of sensitivity, or should we put these images out there for people, like Mr. McDonald, to react to with personal embarrassment?
In 2000, Steven was one of five painters contracted by Lane Arts Council to serve as lead artists to act as mentors (and artists) in its 8 month long ArtWall project. Steven was thoroughly encouraged, supported, and recognized by Lane Arts Council throughout this endeavor.
Mr. McDonald refers to those who "joke" about renaming the White House. Apparently those jokes came from a Republican state convention in Texas, where these buttons were for sale:
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