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'Creative types' are easy to envy

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Attending a bunch of art events this weekend, I feel envious of those "creative types." I realize the following doesn't begin to fathom what it takes to get from the blank page to the work on the wall (or the floor, or the ceiling), but viewing their finished products, it's easy to assume these guys and gals get to play with paint all day and then hang out and party with it and their friends. Amirite?

At “The Vocabulary of Dissent,” artists Brian Braun and Marcile Powers are doing their best to perpetuate this myth, staggering in and out (but mostly out) of the pop-up gallery to spend time in an adjacent parking lot. Their work on the walls, a collaboration with painter Landon Richmond, displays a bleak view of society — their artists' statement says the work was created as an alternative to riots. The Southern Industrial, a local metal foursome, are an appropriate soundtrack for a show full of dark colors, dark imagery and dramatic messaging (none of which I will quote here for the rampant f-bombs).

On Saturday in downtown Sarasota, the Ringling College fine arts department has staged a show titled "Surplus," bringing their work off campus and to the people. The students have utilized the nooks and crannies of the space which used to house luxury boutique Juno & Jove to display installations including scraps of paper stuck to the walls and ceiling, video projections, drawings and a scale model of a grassy knoll. I'm sure these strange pieces have an all-important concept behind them but again, I think there must be a wonderful freedom in being an art student.

Down in Gulf Gate, another artist doing what he wants is Kyle Cross, the mastermind behind the "Star Wars Lowbrow Art Extravaganza" at Mr. Beery's. Collaborating with our friend Mr. Braun, Cross produced a series of Star Wars inspired street art — everything from photography to digital art to graffiti-style works on top of old masters (an attendee and one of the works pictured above right). This event is a huge smash and the owner of the joint, Mark Tuchman, and wife Christine even pose for photos dressed as Jabba the Hut and Princess Leia while the trilogy screens and live artists print and paint outside.

As usual, there's something for everyone in Sarasota, and these varied visual artists pull it off with such panache so as to make it look easy...not quite easy enough, though, to make me interested in art school.

 

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