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What is the responsibility of artist when doing Public art?

Which image would you prefer your child see everyday when entering or exiting his or her school?


As part of Open Walls Baltimore the mural on the left located in Greenmount West, a historically Black neighborhood in Station North, was replaced with the mural on the right. The Baltimore Design School is right across the street.

I focus on this issue in an effort to generate awareness of the possible consequences of powerful images for viewers like me and to ask the question: What is the responsibility of an artist when doing public art?    Full article here

In such circumstances, a deeper question emerges: What is the responsibility of an artist when doing art?



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4 Responses to tell us

  1. CLee says:

    Here is something that might be useful to thinking about how gentrification becomes a method for silencing voices and histories, and the resistance against such a silencing.

  2. Teresa Wiskman says:

    “How I perceive an image depends on MY epigenesis NOT yours — or yours — MINE.” tie that to an individual perception of what is love. For some, I’ll interject here, love is pain and no one else would understand this unless one has lived in it. This makes the reaction to viewing any thing subjective to the individual viewer does it not? What if, someone were triggered by what seems to be the blue of quiet peacefulness and family harmony of first image and then reacts to that by acting out because they do not know this type of sentiment in their troubled lives and are angered by this or despondent because of the perceived lack they find in their own experience? Where does one draw a line when each view and the reaction is unique? Who decides? What is dark in the shades? Just some food for thoughts,

    • genknot says:

      Teresa, my comments are based on general responses when people experience trauma. The standard observer if you please and my own personal experiences. Does that help?

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