Thank you so much!
Great article, I'm thrilled to see Karla's work getting more exposure and recognition every time! Her work has evolved a lot! Her art is very different than anything I've personally seen and that's one of the things that makes it so appealing and so beautiful. The incredible amount of dedication with each cut reflects the passion on each piece! Congratulations Karla!!
I was only trying to make Charlotte more like I would have liked it to be and encourage others to do the same however they saw fit. Of course, by getting out there I was promoting my own ideas, as well as those who participated, but I was also trying to open a door for others to feel fearless about doing that themselves. I certainly never intended to come off as some high and mighty know-it-all and never intended any cultural appropriation in my costume and painting ideas, though they were inspired in part by the Native American cultures of which my Great Grandfather was a member. I hate that some took it this way, but ultimately, what's done is done and I have no desire to look back with regrets. I miss Charlotte and hope that it is treating everyone well, including the critics in these comments. All the best to all of you.
Love it! I have been doing this around Charlotte, and the country for a few years now!
How does one apply to become a future artist-in-residence?
@question. Well done! The thoughts and questions you experienced and then later expressed. A beautiful collaboration with Andy.
Ah yes, white man rips off indigenous African/Australian/Asian face paint, "ghost rituals," etc, in effort to shock and surprise white yuppies. Look in the mirror, dude.
Some guy writes tha Andy "cuts in line" to get a residency...biggest load of shit ever. You clearly are unaware of what's been going on for years. Get your head out of the sand. Alex Mayhew.
Shameless self promotion disguised as almost philanthropy for a "movement" in what is described as a new scene. Okay??? Really guy? Quite possibly the most pompous part about this is the assertion that there would be no awareness of this so called underground arts / music scene without Sir Andy waking up all the yuppies. Get real! There has been a very large viable scene out there for decades. Some participants are better than others. If a band plays a club on a Monday night in front of 5 people they probably either suck at music, suck at promotion or both, but it is usually no fault of the public's. If someone can't sell their artwork it is either overpriced or it just sucks. Blaming consumers for failures in a free market only reflects the insecurity of the artists.
Honestly, this isn't doing anything to change the minds of "yuppies" or non-art types. It's self-promotion and nothing more. The people who are interested in it were already aware of Andy and already go to shows and support art. If I were unaware and saw Andy and co. banging on drums and making dolphin noises or what have you it would be an interesting moment, I might take a picture, but it wouldn't make me immediately Google art galleries and music venues in Charlotte. There are better ways to promote art and creativity, if that is actually the purpose of this, which I don't think it is.
I still don't understand the purpose of this other than it is a means of creating a "movement" to advertise Andy the Doorbum and his own art. The face and body paint is nothing but cultural appropriation in an effort to be shocking and weird and attract attention. If you can't attract attention to a cause without being a white man dressed like an idiot, then maybe you don't have a clear cause in the first place.
Damn "Some Guy" just stole my beat. +1. I have been trying to book shows everywhere in town and all they clubs are like "maybe by summer we will have some dates." It is hard as hell to get out there and get booked even if you are great at what you do. There is no shortage of talent. There are a shortage of venues.
@ Chris O'Neill, wow you really have very polarized view things. In your world you are either a hipster or a square. There is no possible way someone could be a connoisseur of the arts, work a white collar job, jam out to underground music, etc. I get it. As for the mindset that art and music must be forced onto people less they won't discover it otherwise (Pretty laughable and misguided at best). Even the most yuppied out snobs that only go to bar Charlotte and listen to top 40 commercialized shit music still know about food truck Friday's and gallery crawls at South End, and that cool place the Milestone that is soooo edgy. I don't buy the premise that everyone lives under rocks and needs their minds blown by some self righteous overlord that will enlighten them to some cool underground scene. Artists and Musicians do not deserve anything beyond what their own market value earns them. Just because they play or paint doesn't entitle them to notoriety or success, this will be achieved only when the market determines that they have value to stand out among the thousands of others that do the same thing. There are tons of bands that are trying to get on the 6 month long waiting list just to play snug harbor on a Monday night, but this guy cuts in line and gets a full months of gigs. I mean more power to him, he has good connections and all, but it's not like he the only one trying to do this. None of this is anything new. I don't see the point frankly. Artists, musicians and anyone trying to make it should go through the proper channels, master their craft, be better than their competitors book shows, promote, etc.. and then let the public decide if they deserve attention, success, financial gains or not.
Umm, Andy is trying, I believe, to make the typical generic clubbers and beer garden types aware that there is more to Charlotte culture than top 40 music and cover bands... It is both amazing to me, that the uptown crowd will stand in line to get into a crappy place like Bar Charlotte, when something truly awesome is happening just feet away in Spirit Square, or the Uptowners, slumming at Soul, are completely oblivious to the best band they've never heard of, playing next door at Snug Harbor... Or that So many folks, have no clue about the amazing visual artists, living and working in our area... Now, of course, Leslie, Artists work just as hard as you do at the bank.... Should they not be able to earn a living? Most artists, like bankers, go to college, many for Post grad degrees, you feel you deserve to be paid highly for your education, why shouldn't they? Here's a thought, Leslie, next weekend, don't dance on the Bar at Bar Charlotte, lay off the "craft" beer and check out some art!
Question, I believe you are missing the point of performance art (and most art in general) by searching for an ulterior motive here other than the statement he's already made.
As someone that both works in uptown and does not know Andy personally I will still try to play devils advocate on this one.... Okay, you've got my attention, I will bring an open mind, now what? What are you looking to gain from being the center of attention? Are you looking to monetize this art experience you are forcing on unsuspecting people, promote your band, sell merch, etc?. What exactly is your end game. None of this really lays out any specifics, it all seems rather vague. People don't go to this length of trouble to be the center of attention for no specific reason, but that seems to be all I can get out of this.
Andy is a great guy, I've known him for over a decade now. I'm very proud of him for making a way to follow his art and dreams, as well as opening doors for others.
THAT is compassion, something that is sometimes lost when we don't express it or ourselves.
Rock on Andy.
I have a real job where I work for wonderful human beings that love and support both myself and the community. All my bills are paid and I have never been in debt in my entire life. This probably does nothing to comfort you. <3 See you in the streets <3
Bank man is so cliche it just HAS to be a troll.
HAHAHAHAHA YEAH! Go take a SHOWER! YA HIPPIE! Mr. Bank Man......... "Pretentious?" Pfffffffffffff!!! "Pretentious (adj): attempting to impress by affecting greater importance, talent, culture, etc., than is actually possessed." Read it again. "These aren't really even my concepts anymore. I just wanted to be the catalyst to get other artists doing stuff like this." "I didn't necessarily want to be the ring leader." The man is trying to START something. To open doors of opportunity for artists to embrace their community and unify in expression outside, in the open! THAT'S not pretentious! Didn't you learn that at Bank School? He certainly isn't trying to impress, although he IS affecting greater importance and culture by bringing others into the mix, once again, to unify the community in creative expression. So I guess you were half right.
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