Young graffiti artist Israel Hernandez-Llach dies in police custody. Miami Florida.
Police in Miami Florida were called to the scene of an abandoned property, where 18 year old graffiti artist Israel Hernandez-Llach was trespassing. When Israel did not comply with the cops orders, he was tazered by one of the officers. Hernandez posed no threat to the officers or other individuals and thus should not have warranted the use of this “non-lethal weapon”. Soon after Hernandez died of cardiac arrest that was caused by the 50,000 volts entering his body. Many questions arise from such a scenario but the primary one would be concerning the probable legality of tazers. It seems that because they are not considered lethal weapons; people (or law enforcement) may use stun guns more freely when they,as officers, are not even in any danger. “Lurch attempted to run past the single officer to escape arrest.”
The second problem lies in the gray area where graffiti belongs in the art world. The huge variance in styles and talent create quite the spectrum of different people who call themselves graffiti artists. Taggers and low skill graffiti artists are the usual suspects who we see simply tagging their nick name or some phrase on the wall. It is done to mark their ‘territory’ like a dog’s marking of a lamp post and almost all the time this is the vandalism that we see on our local businesses or homes. These practices alienate the other graffiti artists or street artists that we see, the ones who invest time and effort into developing an idea then laying it out on a wall or interesting location. Often innovative spray painting styles or stenciling is used alongside an image that has a purpose or message to convey. Some graffiti art is used to commemorate a fallen friend or convey an irony in society. Hernandez seemed to primarily belong to the more developed graffiti artist category, his pieces of work resemble large bright murals with moderate detail. These works could be used for advertisements or as a form of decoration for local businesses if concluded properly but since graffiti artists are usually all categorized by society in the same group, this obviously leads to prejudice, further alienating decent graffiti artists like Hernandez who use abandoned buildings as their canvases consequently being labeled as criminal artists . No one forced Hernandez to break the law by defacing private property, it was his own will.
My points are that the expectations that culture creates for people seem to shape their fate more than people think. Maybe if graffiti art had an understood place in society as advertising or just art most of them would not have to resort to being classified as mere taggers. That the use of a known deadly weapon by law enforcement to secure an arrest for a minimal nuisance violation is an excessively lazy and inhumane policy for the edit… “professional law enforcement”, written on all of the patrol cars of Miami Dade County.
Brian Curtis Stonehenge Series I&II
UM Gallery Wynwood. Miami Florida July – Sept. 2013
Miami Art Reviews.
Brian Curtis is the head of under graduate studies in Painting and drawing at University of Miami, Coral Gables. The Stonehenge Series is a departure from his life and figure paintings.
The ancient (6500yrs) megalithic stone circle of England set against a tropical sunset may seem like a remarketing tool of artistic juxtaposition but a few days after meeting the artist ,looking west from Miami Beach’s Green Diamond towards Miami’s downtown skyline. “how much alike the set sun on these new Miami megalithic towers are to Brain’s recent series”. The use of the ancient symbol “Stonehenge” has proved to be very universal this side of the Atlantic. Miami has its own mini circle, dating from a similar time in man’s history, the symbol has always been associated with the psyche,spirit and meeting place.
Brian Curtis’s Stonehenges are keys to personal spaces,each sky appealing to each destiny, the brush work delivers only as much as is required with light’s fluidity and life’s color against stone cold realism. The paintings are accompanied with mythical tales, ancient stories and ancestral traditions of ritual. It would be easy to imagine any of these paintings being a subliminal morning flash or returning welcome in many people’s homes.
Brian has succeeded in fusing two specific joys into one language, he is after all a professor of Fine Art and his use of universal symbols to evoke emotion and mind is in complete tradition of the visual language of symbols that defines Fine Art from art in general.
The big Swiss art show celebrated 10 yrs with Miami. That many years already?
Miami Beach loves hosting this show and it seems Art Basel feels the same about the match up. Art Basel even weighed in on a local development issue recently, letting Miami Beach and the City of Miami know that if they advanced with a mega gambling project Basel would seriously rethink it’s position and move to another region.wow !.
Maybe they know their best customers have a weakness for gaming that would compete with the Gallery sales. Of course.! Still for those of us living in Miami who have been trying to put the brakes on the mega Gambling Casinos invasion Art Basel’s input is welcome proof that culture is more important to entertainment than chance, greed, lust and lost opportunities.
International Biennale Art Exhibit at Nina Torres art Gallery in Wynwood During The Art Basel 2010.
Biennale, Bienale, Biennial and international art shows worldwide.During Art Basel Miami Beach 2010. These artists with their work and their efforts are examples, products of the globalization that reflect all aspects, connecting the world of humanity.
Village of Coconut Grove Pie Design at the Mayfair Promenade covered patio Photo bY Ana Bikic
Photos by Ana Bikic
The Pie Studio seating during the MiamiArt Basel week at the Mayfair Coconut Grove Art Festival Show.December 2010 . The party area was scattered with Pie Studio’s comfortable and practicle seating designs. Natural materials,natural forms,combining modern and green tastes,these sofas,easy chairs and loungers are made with bamboo,wicker and many wasted by product fibres. These designs should look perfect for the South Florida home,patio,rooftop garden and the condo balcony.
Seating by Pie Studio , Art work by Jonathan Small, Mayfair in the Grove Miami Florida.2010