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Re: “Artist Creates Free Store, Art Gallery, and Studio in Oakland

I want to repost a comment left by someone on a Facebook post regarding this article.They put it so well. I couldn't say it better. I hope they don't mind.
"This is problematic because it clearly makes distinctions between "poor" aka "those that need" and "rich" aka "those that give. It frames her in such a way that it becomes another "white savior narrative." It's a good idea but location and situation create a different set of politics around it. The way the article frames it also doesn't help the case.
More than anything it's a division of status and class. Yesterday some art student said "I like working in grungy, filthy areas of society, so I don't mind working in low-income society spaces." This only reinforces this idea of the patting themselves on the back and breaking ground on new ideas that have long existed and been in places.
Another question that arises is "social practice," what is it? And how is the narrative being framed and shaped by institutions and the media? Why write about her and not all the projects that come out of east side arts? Their work is as much valid in social practice as hers. Those of us in the field have to be very careful in how we use that term and frame our projects- and also be vocal. It's a new term being thrown around to label any art in the world that's outside institutions. And don't even get me started on institutions and what they say about things as such..."

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Posted by ivandnav on 09/14/2014 at 2:31 PM

Re: “Artist Creates Free Store, Art Gallery, and Studio in Oakland

East Bay Express told me they don't write these kind of articles, when we were doing something similar at Moco in downtown Oakland two years ago. I think we were too ethnic for your paper maybe.

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Posted by ivandnav on 09/14/2014 at 12:40 PM

Re: “Artist Creates Free Store, Art Gallery, and Studio in Oakland

wow really makes you think you know

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Posted by Eric Bubna on 09/12/2014 at 10:05 AM

Re: “Artist Creates Free Store, Art Gallery, and Studio in Oakland

Wonderful! This woman is a beautiful Angel . . .

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Posted by Karen Mireau on 09/12/2014 at 9:24 AM

Re: “Artist Creates Free Store, Art Gallery, and Studio in Oakland

So inspring. She's is very brave.

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Posted by Adelina Topleva Monroe on 09/11/2014 at 9:47 PM

Re: “Of Volleyballs, Ships, and Jackie Chan

I'm so happy to see Rob Brezsney's insightful and delightful horoscopes back in the EB Express! His column was one of the main reasons I would pick up a copy of the paper back in the days before there was an Internet. Having Rob's horoscopes once again grace these pages is a welcomed home-coming for Bay Area readers. Carry on!

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Posted by Sandina Robbins on 09/11/2014 at 8:13 PM
Posted by Tina M Carroll on 09/11/2014 at 2:43 PM

Re: “Artist Creates Free Store, Art Gallery, and Studio in Oakland

I'm an artist. When my shows conclude I am left with stock. Can I donate pieces? Carrollpixphotography@gmail.com

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Posted by Tina M Carroll on 09/11/2014 at 2:39 PM

Re: “Of Volleyballs, Ships, and Jackie Chan

Brezny has become my personal guru and he doesn't even know me!!!!

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Posted by Cary Gonzalez on 09/10/2014 at 3:19 PM

Re: “Of Volleyballs, Ships, and Jackie Chan

And once again, Brezsny's mix of philosophy and humor is spot-on. He's some kind of genius.

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Posted by Alana Dill on 09/10/2014 at 11:43 AM

Re: “Of Volleyballs, Ships, and Jackie Chan

What a relief, this newspaper is a newspaper again......long live Brezsny!

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Posted by Elizabeth Zima on 09/10/2014 at 10:35 AM

Re: “Of Volleyballs, Ships, and Jackie Chan

Long Live Brezsny!

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Posted by Anna Stepchin on 09/10/2014 at 10:11 AM

Re: “Of Volleyballs, Ships, and Jackie Chan

YAY!!!!!! Thanks for publishing Brezsny!!!!! :-) <3

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Posted by Suzi Garner on 09/10/2014 at 9:19 AM

Re: “Of Volleyballs, Ships, and Jackie Chan

Love Brezsny- thank you!

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Posted by Lili Holland on 09/10/2014 at 7:34 AM

Re: “Of Volleyballs, Ships, and Jackie Chan

Rob is a postmodern marvel. Thanks for bringing him into your publication. He's the kind of person that makes the Bay Area uniquely remarkably the best place on earth.

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Posted by Mandy Sparklepants Kirk on 09/10/2014 at 6:52 AM

Re: “Of Volleyballs, Ships, and Jackie Chan

Thank you for bringing back Brezsny!

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Posted by Katie McClendon on 09/10/2014 at 6:48 AM

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Posted by John Craft on 09/10/2014 at 4:06 AM

Re: “Erotica, Intrigue, and Arithmetic in 'Rites of Love and Math'

Can I purchase The Rites of Love and Math?

Posted by Bob Almada on 08/22/2014 at 7:24 AM

Re: “New Documentary and Photo Book Celebrate Photographer Dorothea Lange

What a great reason to book my next trip through OAK!

Posted by lisa.lamagna on 08/20/2014 at 9:00 AM

Re: “Call and Response

The Oskstop Gallery exhibit and the book are pure delight. The poets and writers were succinct, sure, exact and soulful. Oakstop is a community treasure and James Gayles and his creative partners at Pochino Press have created a wonderful, replicatable model that can spur creativity and bring exposure to other urban
artists.

Posted by Femi Folami on 08/18/2014 at 10:41 AM

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