1. Art vs Violence
    December 18, 2012 by Walden3

    A poster found hanging in the W3 halls today.


    Sounds like an absurd match up doesn’t it? Art versus violence? Of course art wins! Doesn’t it? I mean, shouldn’t it? It should… Doesn’t good always triumph over evil, light over dark – I’ve heard it before, probably hundreds of times. Does it? I don’t know.

    I saw this poster plastered all down First Avenue today (and in the mens bathroom, bazaar and down in the Dial…) and it got me thinking. I hadn’t seen an AFWFA poster in years, and then these just pop up overnight like mushrooms. And I know why. Sandy Hook Elementary. It happened Friday and things like that make everyone think.

    So, art vs violence. Does art win? Is it even a contender? I mean really, as much as we might root for it to win, find it just, can it really kick its ass? Could the good of humanity prevail? In this day and age?

    I think it’s fair to say that art and violence are both forms of expression. Certainly not all paintings are art and certainly not all violence contains an emotional core, but they are connected, on opposing sides of the same continuum – Ted Bundy and Heinrich Himmler on one side,  Michelangelo and Prince on the other.  Most of us, for various reasons, are scattered along this spectrum and face nearly constant propaganda from both sides. The comedy of it all is the simplicity of the question. It is not “should I be good or bad?” or “should I attempt to fit in or rebel?” or even “do I love or do I hate?” The question is simply, “how do I chose to express myself?”

    Walden Three is pure propaganda. It is designed to broadcast, at the highest possible volume, this simple message – Express yourself through music and art and performance and writing. Articulate your fears and frustrations and dreams and love and hate and fantasy. Just do it with a pen, a paintbrush, a can of spray paint, a camera, a skillet, a trumpet, a glue gun. Do it in a way that connects the dots. I think there is a way out of the mess we are in, and it’s called making art. Doesn’t matter if it’s good or bad. That really has very little to do with it.