above collaboration with Marta Wapiennik
Since my return from Germany I have basically been dealing with school. I come home from school, walk the dog, eat and continue to work on THE DRONE WARZ panel. So life continues to be taken up by work and stress but I still have my eyes open to what is going on. Read about the rapidly changing face of street art in Bushwick. Reminds me of when the music industry figured out how to market Rap and before you knew it, Rap became a commodity. I think the same thing is happening with street art. It is no longer frowned upon. I think that’s because they can’t stop it. So why not join the party and sell products.
Then we have the realization of how gentrification is pushing people out. Unfortunately artists are being blamed because as we all know the realtors always follow artists into these communities. Artists are then forced out due to the fact that landlords can now charge more money for their apartments. But watching the arts come into a neighborhood is a tell tale sign that within a certain period of time, they too will be forced to move. Sad because art should not be used as a vehicle to uproot the poor, working class or artists. This is history repeating itself:
But we artists must make art. Unless you are lucky enough to have representation we have always had limited venues to show and exhibit. That’s why we take over spaces and neighborhoods. And whatever your point of view is concerning gentrification, you have to admit seeing really great graffiti is really cool. Too bad Madison Avenue is taking it over.
Robyn Renee Hasty‘s portraits are really cool and deserve attention: