Monday, July 13, 2009


Take 1 DOWN - Game Wheel, Baton Rouge LA 2008
All reproduction rights reserved Wm. Greiner

There is this art "happening" held in Baton Rouge every year , called "Art Melt". As the name may suggest its a mess, based on the show I stumbled onto at the Shaw Center last year. I mean "mess", in the sense that there was art hanging everywhere , with the quality ranging from horrible to excellent , but no cohesion or continuity.

So today I read , an artist/photographer chosen for this years show , Kenneth Wilks , had his work removed and himself banned from the venue on opening night!

The story goes - his two photographs of a woman - one clothed and in the second nude, was determined to be offensive by Art Melt co-chair Christen Losey-Gregg , after a group of school children visited the exhibition.

I find it odd that a juried show would do such a thing? Maybe this exhibition should be renamed ART MELT DOWN.

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