Ivan is blogging again. I suggested that he keep it up. It’s only the beginning but I’m sure he will soon get into the real meat and potatoes of what is going on with him and everyone else in Karpland.
On another note: Saw the Chris Ofili show at The New Museum last night. He is the artist who used or uses elephant dung in his work. He is also a huge supporter in helping these creatures. The show was interesting and I’m glad I went. His newer work isn’t as ornate as his older work, but I think the show is worth seeing. Free Thursday nights after 7, but they make you line up outside so wear your coat.
On the pig landlord scene, I hope in this case karma really does have a wicked sense of humor:
And it isn’t the first time this has happened. 111 First Street in downtown Jersey City had the same issue. The landlord hired the mob (I won’t say which one) to bully the artist-tenents out of their homes. People were threatened and in some cases burned out of their homes. The city virtually did nothing and the landlord ignored whatever judgments were issued. The area is now home to Condo Cancer buildings where the rents are ridiculous. So much for being a pioneer. I have to say shame on these people.
Thanks to A Branko and Ed Fausty (2 great artists):
So what to do? Do we move to a less developed area and forgo the culture the city has to offer? Then you have to wait it out until it becomes less dangerous and more desirable. Then you get thrown out. I believe we have and continue to be short changed. But when you think about it, ownership does have its drawbacks. You could be sitting in Buffalo right now waiting for your roof to cave in from all of the snow, or get hit by a hurricane and learn that your insurance company doesn’t cover flood, nor can you buy it any more. So perhaps we should be focusing on what will work for everyone rather than just the few who are polluting our environment and causing all this Condo Cancer.