Soooooooooo many bars, including rooftop bars. Do we need yet another choice? Perhaps we should consolidate every establishment in town (by making Charleston one huuuuuuuuuge mixed-use complex?) and have one massive, well-lit, pop-music blasting roof-top bar. Screw the residents! Why should anything in Charleston be about the residents? Profits above everything (pun intended).
I am laughing out loud. I must see whitney, who I called Whitley forever....no idea why,that is also funny to me, EATING AN UNPEELED BANANA!! Awesome!
I would go further than the article and say that charitable organizations simply should not hold art auctions at all, even IF they give something to the artist in return.
The problem with art auctions is that they tend to bring prices that are far lower than the actual value of the work they are selling. That devalues art. It devalues the art of the artist giving it and it devalues the the value of art in general when people see things sell too cheaply.
AND, the great irony of these charitable events is that they are often attended by wealthier patrons. Patrons who actually have the means to purchase the art at full retail price should they so choose. By purchasing at a discount, they are getting a benefit that the producing artist doesn't get at all.
Artists and galleries just need to learn to say "NO".
Congrats man you win. You are making a huge differance in the world sitting behind your computer at starbucks drinking your chai tea being a social justice warrior by making a mountain out of a molehill. Keep on spitting out facts that had nothing to do with the actual festival itself. You're the real hero. Not sure how you start this entire argument still when like I said before there were black artists and guests at the festival. Keep on keepin on.
Dwayne! Good to see ya! It's been a while. I was worried you had finally put your head so far up your ass you suffocated. Alright, let's do this.
"Believe me, I get it."
I am confident that has never been the case.
"The process is set up a certain way for multiple reasons, chief among them to give proper notice to area residents of what will be built next to them."
But when those residents receive proper notice of what is going to be built next to them and voice their concerns, you are opposed to it. Glad you have not lost the ability to argue against yourself in your own columns.
I agree it's not unreasonable to expect a fair amount of noise living in a downtown area. It's one of the costs of convenience. But at best the actions of the developer were incompetent and at worst completely shady.
So, your continued defense of the developer in light of this is extremely tone deaf. Then again, with your head in your ass, I imagine it's hard to hear.
Great article and very considered look at a complex situation. Sorry if this comment is longer than actual article just an important topic to me personally. As Mark Sloan mentions in the article, this is conversation that has been going on among artists and gallerists for years. The The Southern's guidelines for non-profits is a great suggestion. I agree with those bullets. To non-profits, be flexible, an artist can always choose to give back their cut if they really have deep commitment to the organization.
I am certainly not trying to defend art auctions or make suggestions to improve them, this article does an excellent job of the latter. The one issue I would like to illuminate though is this isnt then exclusive purview of Visual artists. Graphic designers, developers, accountants, lawyers and many other trades are also approached for pro bono work with an exposure carrot dangled out there (at least for design). Sure that can happen but don't promise it. Charitable decisions should be based on the organization's mission and your commitment to it. It happens with all sorts of services and asks as Angel Passailaigue Postell pointed out in her F&B focused piece last month.
Artists and Gallerists must adopt their own giving guidelines and stick by them. Figure out what organizations matter to you, align with your heart and how much you are willing to help. For certain organizations you might be happy to donate everything and others you might have a % that you are not willing to waiver on and, obviously be willing to say no. Many of us face that same decision on a monthly basis.
Just to clarify one point in the article, the lack of tax exemption is in no way exclusive to artists. People who volunteer their time and expertise believe they have something valuable to offer. So, you may find it distressing that your services, expert though they may be, are worth a tax deduction of precisely zero. This rule is not unique to volunteer work; in fact, it is consistent with other tax laws. With only rare exceptions, the general rule is that you must spend cold, hard cash or give away stuff before you may claim a deduction. That applies to design, legal work, volunteer accounting and pretty much any Service provided. I would offer that is a flaw of the tax system and not a cultural devaluation of art (an excellent conversation for another beer).
Similarly, I would contend that the devaluation of an artists work is not completely cut and dry. The implication and allure of the charity auction is to get a deal and support an organization. If I got a $100 gift certificate for a restaurant for $70, I wouldnt feel empowered to walk in a month later and expect to pay %70 of my bill. That is why the articles suggestion of a minimum and estimated value are very important and should be adopted.
Finally, and if youve made this far, FINALLY, I thought one of the important issues was tucked into the final paragraphs of the article; the increasing economic pressure squeezing young and emerging artists right off of this skinny peninsula. This is an article unto itself and just one of the layers of the complex phyllo dough of gentrification swirling around us.
I did want to highlight that combatting this is the core mission of Redux Contemporary Art Center. We opened our new doors down the street just last night. We now have an larger facility that offers an even greater amount of subsidized studio space for those who face the economic hurdles of creating art in this city. Having living breathing art making here is an integral facet in helping Charleston maintain its diversity and appeal as a living breathing community versus a tourist destination to check off a list.
If you care about this, or hell if you dont, please consider becoming a member, donating, support us and sate your curiosity by coming to the opening events currently being planned. (will link below)
Again, great article and thanks Charleston City Paper for highlighting this issue.
"The most important thing for the creation of art is cheap rent." ~ Charles Bukowski
I certainly understand the sentiment. But how many of the people you feel should be properly honored are actually from Charleston, or even the Lowcountry? How many CCP staff and contributors from management on down are true locals? I'd be interested to know. There is a tendency to blame the influx of development on outsiders, but I'd be willing to bet that a significant number of those "small businesses, independent makers, culture shakers, and status quo breakers" are also transplants attracted to the same things about the area as you are.
Just because you agree with their worldviews and contributions, and perhaps even know them, doesn't mean they are not complicit in attracting more development and ironically contributing to Charleston becoming more generic.
It's a cyclical problem without an easy solution. And it's not unique to Charleston. An area presents itself with amazing natural beauty, great artistic talent, eclectic food, etc. - all of the things people want Charleston to remain a haven for - but if it remains so, more people are going to be attracted to it along with more development.
If there is a socially and economically conscious way to alleviate these issues, I'm all ears. We all roll our eyes at getting stuck behind Ohio and New Jersey drivers going below the speed limit in the passing lane on their way to A.W. Shucks, but let's not pretend like there aren't inconsiderate, awful human beings from right here too, who contribute daily to a lower quality of life than we all want.
In closing - think about the essence of the the Best Of Awards themselves. Marketing. The end resulting is winning an award which will improve a brand and thus attract more people to it. Perhaps it's a self-defeating contest.
Walter not Rodney.....my mistake
Hell...I don't know why Slager and his attorney don't just go one step further with his Preposterous claim and say that he wasn't even there on the day Rodney Scott was murdered.....just say it was his evil twin brother who did it.
Man...an attorney will say and do anything to win Justice for his client....with the emphasis on win, not Justice, and certainly not truth
Is the Hotel in debt so much that they need extra revenue? Duh....Hope the hole, yes, whole place is troubled...
Are you insinuating that my being white gives me some kind of mystical allegiance to white people?
Your second declaration sounds a bit like the "I have a Black friend, so I'm not racist" argument, so I'll rephrase my initial comment:
You travel to a car show in Charleston which advertises the very best local collection of all vehicle makes and models the city has to offer. You get there and discover that it's 98% Fords (they're SO inconsistent, right?), which upsets you because Charleston has so much more to offer than just Ford.
The next day you read an article hailing the car show as a diverse mix of all of the cars that make Charleston so great, and wow, what success it was! So you write the paper, wondering how anyone could call a car show made up of 98% Fords "diverse". You even went to social media and COUNTED the other makes and models just to make sure you weren't upset about nothing.
Others write in to respond to your comments, chiding your position by saying things like "it wasn't all Fords, I saw a couple of Toyotas, and the security guard had a Jeep", or "you don't live in Charleston, so how can you have an opinion?". Would those [flimsy] arguments hold water in that situation? By that argument, you don't get to have an opinion on 9/11 because you either don't (or don't anymore) live in New York City.
Maybe now you can understand the point I'm driving: CHARLESTON, ITS EVENTS, BUSINESSES, REAL ESTATE, POLITICS, ETC. and RACIAL ISSUES
ARE INEXORABLE. Why? Because it (and our nation) was BUILT on the idea that all humans are not created equal. WHITE PEOPLE DID THIS. So many, in fact, that EVERY white person born since then has been in some way indoctrinated to racism, so much so that sometimes we can't even see that we're being racist. From that blindness comes the notion that anything WE white people do (I haven't forgotten that I'm white yet) hasn't anything to do with racism at all. You may (or may not be) surprised to know just how many of those racist thoughts white people have every day, no matter how vestigial they may be. I can assure you that our Black neighbors notice it every time, for it is the jailed who learns to read the jailer.
We HAVE to make better efforts to live together, and to love each other, and to include each other. This means making sure that ALL know they're welcome, and that they can afford to exist/attend in the first place.
PS- your deep-seated definition of racism seems to differ from its actual one:
prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one's own race is superior.
synonyms: racial discrimination, racialism, racial prejudice, xenophobia, chauvinism, bigotry, casteism
the belief that all members of each race possess characteristics or abilities specific to that race, especially so as to distinguish it as inferior or superior to another race or races.
Excellent recaps. They are better than watching the show. SC makes Baloney Cake sound good.
I had to Google step-and-repeat as at first I thought they were talking about the way you walk down the aisle when you are a bridesmaid but then remembered that's step and pause and then I thought of shampoo and thought, maybe, Suave is sponsoring the charity event. It must be a minor celebrity knowledge thing they all have.
"And although a few neighbors may have won in this instance, it's the rest of us that have certainly lost out on something wonderful."
Okay, now I'm totally convinced that Dwayne Green is a program created by the Chamber of Commerce to automatically respond to any zoning issue with 950 words of inane talking points.
If the Beach Company proposed a Golden Nugget Casino on Magnolia Cemetery, the DwayneBot would respond in the City Paper with an article recycling his due process arguments and lamenting the cultural and aesthetic loss of a national treasure.
Thank you, your writing truly has me laughing out loud. Your recaps are so much better than the show(although this doesn't stop me from watching the trainwreck.) Keep up the great work.
Now that is dedication! May your bunsen burners burn forever! Good luck.
Put it next to your home.
You are white. Were you at the festival? Clearly you were not because if you were you would know that there were black people attending and there were black artists. Get a grip just because you have deep seeded racist thoughts doesnt mean you need to turn things that clearly arent racial issues into them.
I completely agree with your perspective on this situation. It's really unfortunate that the NIMBY neighborhood crew can override common sense and undermine an effort that would have resulted in a benefit for the city at large. And I don't believe the neighbors in this case even have a valid complaint as the property is effectively surrounded by streets, parking lots, churches and a park none of which would be impacted by any potential noise issues.
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