Neighborhood as Art (Part 1)

An excerpt from “Stone Flora” my contribution to “The Neighborhood as Art.” The full video is 4 min. 23 sec. long and set in the context of the Riverside-Avondale neighborhood it might be fun to go out and try to find some of the architectural motifs that you aren’t familiar with.

This past Tuesday was the opening of “The Neighborhood as Art” exhibit at the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens. The turnout was amazing and personally I’ve never spoken to more enthusiastic observers of my work on a single night. When one of the people I spoke with remembered my Pechakucha Jacksonville talk from last year (mentioned in my artist statement for the exhibit) I felt like I was doing something right to build a name for myself in the Northeast Florida art scene. Another Pechakucha alumni, Doug Coleman, who gave a talk on a recent trip to Antarctica was also in attendance.

Throughout the night I spoke with fellow artists selected for the exhibit, people from Riverside-Avondale Preservation, the executive and deputy directors of the Cultural Council, people from MOSH, a few of the artists I attended the Creative Capital PDP workshop with earlier this year, and many more. I really appreciated the Cummer timing the opening of the exhibit with The Players Free Tuesdays which allowed for maximum exposure for all of the artists involved. The exhibit runs through July 31st. It’s a really powerful representation of a community.

I’d like to thank everyone who took some time to talk with me and who put up with my lurking around my art for most of the night asking anyone who showed the slightest bit of interest to “let me know if you have any questions.” I’m a bit bad with names, but if you happen to be one of the people I shared a business card with and you are reading this post feel free to drop me a line in the comments here or at my facebook or twitter pages (links at the bottom left or in the contact section of my site).

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