The fine letter from John Grant (The Mail, Jan. 2) brought to mind my favorite recent gun thoughts. I try to be nice, realizing the gun nuts won't respond to shouting-which is what they usually do. I have all the reasonable arguments-like support for the Brady Campaign (of course, they don't respond to those either).
Let me give you a few of my meaner thoughts-sort of arguing back at the owners in kind (you'll never hear these in any mainstream media):
The tobacco analogy is the best, using the gun owner's own logic: If the cigarette or tobacco is not to blame ("Guns don't kill people"), why then shouldn't we ban the smokers? Ban the gun owners? (I believe this is what they are really afraid of-ostracism).
If the gun owners should suffer consequences, as is urged in the letter from Grant, Nancy Lanza would be the poster child for the gun owner. Problem is, she is impossible to prosecute. I guess she already got prosecuted.
I note that gun owners always call for an extended period of mourning for victims, never for action to deal with the problem, They always say "now is not the time."
Glad to be for gun control in Maryland.
Artists and their spaces Baynard, thank you very much for the article ("Natural Art," Art, Jan. 2)! And thank you to all of those who came out to see Toward A New Form Order at Guest Spot!
I am happy to have been given the chance to explain some of the ideas behind my work through this interview. There is one thing that I would like to clarify about my position on things, however, something that has been bothering me, that I feel was taken out of context, stemming from a statement from Mr. Woods. It seems that Baynard has noticed-and raised-a stereotype of artists living in Baltimore that "people" have. Perhaps he wants to rail against this perception to say that some of us lead more wholesome lives, thereby proving to the world that we are serious? But what if living in a warehouse IS the serious thing to do? Let's face it: We need space to make the work, to view the work, to store the work. I in no way find myself in conflict with or in disagreement with the idea of artists living in industrial spaces. In fact, I think that by doing so, one shows a deep commitment to their studio practice and to the formation of community.
I am not interested in critiquing artists, but instead I am interested in the objects or experiences they produce.
Corrections : In "Grinding Progress" (Mobtown Beat, Jan. 2), we incorrectly stated that Stephanie Murdoch and the Skatepark of Baltimore Inc. were in charge of the skatepark in Roosevelt Park. The organization's efforts are focused on raising funds for the future park. Also, that group never received money from Visit Baltimore.
In "Power Play," (Books, Jan. 2) we mistakenly refer to "Jefferson's 1801" campaign; Jefferson's term after the 1800 campaign and election began in 1801. City Paper regrets the errors.