On August 22nd in the American Legion Ballroom, USGBC-Savannah’s award show “Green Gives Back” celebrated the cities environmentally conscious buildings, organizations, and people. To support the event and add a splash of color, Desotorow Inc prepared a one-night exhibition of local artwork that explored the concept of sustainability. “Relationships, Naturally” featured the work of Curtis Bartone, Betsy Cain, Harry DeLorme, and Isaac McCaslin with an introductory essay by Scott Boylston. The unique styles and personalized mediums spoke with a cohesive voice on the wonder and beauty of nature vs. the threat of unsustainable waste.
“We who are alive and remain will suddenly be caught up in the clouds”
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FIRST FRIDAY IN MARCH AT DESOTO ROW?
Come experience a night of transcendence through experimental musical installation, electronica, techno, industrial, and opera.
Special musical performances by:ROSS FISH
*Firepoi by Nix
This is going to be a next-level electronic music happening at the Starland Dairy
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Renewal of Community and the
Politics of Art and Creativity
Bonjour! Hola! Nin Hao! Konnichiwa! Souzina! Guten Tag! Yia Sas! HELLO!
I’m sorry if I’ve left you out – please teach me more when we meet
Welcome to this year’s EPIC Conference local pursuit the Renewal of Community and the Politics of ART and CREATIVITY! Savannah is overflowing with creative talent and we want to introduce you to as much of it and the people who make this community so unique during this three hour cultural emersion.
During this pursuit you’ll meet Jerome Meadows, sculptor and owner of Indigo Sky Gallery. He’ll introduce you to his Yamacraw Public Art Project and its ties to First Bryan Baptist Church, the oldest continuous African-American Baptist Church in the country.
Then we’ll move to the Muracle on 34th Street where you’ll meet local painters and innovators Matt Hebermehl, Troye Wandzel, Katherine Sandoz, Dr Z,…to discuss their organization SeeSAW (See Savannah Art Walls) and their own pursuit to work with the city to create several masterpieces around Savannah for all to enjoy.
Then on to the Starland District where Desotorow Gallery, Inc. lives, a nonprofit art gallery that fosters an awareness and appreciation of the arts by providing affordable exhibition space for emerging and professional artists and by offering educational outreach programming open to artists and the community. That’s where I come in as the director of this little diamond in the rough. Here, you will meet some local creatives and begin compiling the information you’re just been exposed to.
Along the route we’ll point out many other projects that are currently in the works and discuss them from one location to the next. We are not giving you a tour of Savannah, we are a classroom on wheels for morning.
Our Local Pursuit reflects upon:
Like many communities around the world, Savannah is competing for creative talent. With the river of creative talent that flows through the City, retaining creatives should not be a challenge. However, a shortage of creative industry jobs compels many students to leave after graduation. Those indie creatives who choose to either stay in Savannah or to relocate here face many challenges. This pursuit explores the tensions between tradition and the emerging creative culture and highlights local creative entrepreneurs and their efforts to grow the Savannah’s arts and culture economy.
“Rubbings: Scratching the Surface of Arts and Politics in Savannah” by Clinton Edminster – October 3, 2012
Yesterday morning, Jeanne and I rubbed Savannah. Running hither-and-thither from square, to sidewalk, to statue we pulled out our handy crayons and newspaper and rubbed ourselves silly. Watching the textures of our subjects be pulled through the paper was an inspiring sight and gave us a renewed and passionate interest in the surfaces of Savannah.
Crayon rubbings reveal the texture of the surfaces they come in contact with. Similar to a photography, these drawings reveal to an exact degree the forms underneath. The simplicity of the process brings to light the complexity and the origins of texture.
Texture- The feel, appearance, or consistency of a surface or substance.
Surface- The outside part or uppermost layer of something. Also, what is apparent on a casual view or consideration of someone or something, especially as distinct from feeling or qualities that are not immediately obvious.
Surfaces are the only things we see. Crayon rubbings reveal the tactility of an object, as opposed to color and light. They are a recording of the actual substance of the thing, not how the thing is perceived under light. They emphasize form and mute appearance.
We invite you to add crayon rubbing to your armory of technique as an important, immediate, visual, and tactile research tool that can inspire fascinating conjectures. The act of the “rub” is a vigorous exercise in covering a subject in a neutral hypothesis then antagonizing it with a colorful and infective theory. The points where the subject underneath, the bland hypothesis, and the theory intersect will form an array of data that will invite you to see your subject in a new light.