We here at The Atlanta Banana are no strangers to dealing with art that doesn’t sit well with us. For instance, pretty much any work with the word “encaustic” on the wall next to it can take a hike. That’s okay, though, because that’s what art is about: liking some things and not liking others.
What’s not okay is grabbing a can of gray exterior latex and painting over artworks that don’t please your eye, as the residents of the Pittsburgh neighborhood did on Friday as reported by Thomas Wheatley of Creative Loafing.
Residents were upset that they weren’t consulted before the mural got painted because they do not understand how representative government works. We the people do not get consulted about every little detail. Our representatives do. It sounds weird, but that’s how America works. We looked it up!
Living Walls had all the permission it needed to invite French artist Pierre Roti to paint on the wall, but the Pittsburgh residents painted over it anyway. That was the wrong way to handle this one, guys. Painting over art is tantamount to book burning.
For future reference, here are some ways to deal with art you don’t like. These three methods can even be strung together in a series for maximum effect!
Method One: Shrugging
Probably the best way to deal with unwelcome or unsightly artworks is merely to raise both your shoulders slightly and go on with your day. This can be coupled with weird facial expressions to achieve varying levels of confusion, boredom, or dislike.
Method Two: Going somewhere else
Most murals, and in fact most pieces of visual art, are affixed to their supporting substrates, and are thus unable to follow you. Even a toddler can walk away from them, let along a grown human being who has a car. Try going someplace where the art is not and it won’t be there to bother you.
Note: Visual art is in this way unlike the music of Justin Bieber, or Carly Rae Jepsen, which can follow you pretty much anywhere you go and ruin your day time and again.
Method Three: Prayer
This is a great time to bust out some of that amazing prayer people are always so stoked about. Pray as much as you want against that art! Pray so hard your hair stands on end. Pray so hard your socks shoot off your feet and knock over your family knickknacks. Meditation also is a good substitute here, if that’s your thing.
Whatever the case, we can all agree that painting over a mural is the exact wrong way to handle matters. Let’s not be those people. We’ve already been those people before, and it never turns out nice-like.