Mar 19, 2010
The Chen Arts Group
I had a little to do with the background of the Chen Arts Group. My posts about the art scene in the 70's, started by Greg Weaver, got Angie Villa thinking perhaps she could start a group. It started at the House of Chen, because at that time I had joined forces with the owner to fight the Lanta bus changes. I promoted the first few Chen meetings on this blog. To turn that first meeting into the group which it is today, took a lot of work, which I had nothing to do with. All that work was done by Angie and others. I provide this short history for the benefit of Pancho. Who is Pancho? I don't know, currently he is the moderator of the Chen Art Blog, last week it was Angie Villa.
Back in Lanta battle days, I met Barba-Del Campbell. She helped Jenni, from the House of Chen, gather petitions at the then new Lanta terminal. Barba-Del came to rock, wearing the protest regalia from the 60's. I would pick her up in front of her apartment on 4th Street to drive her to the various meetings. Last week I thought it fitting to add my comment, in her memory, to those already on the Chen Art Blog. It never appeared, I should have known better. Ironically, the last time I submitted a comment there was in memory of Fran Weaver, Greg's wife. Angie Villa, at that time, turned that comment into a lewd insult. When I noticed that the Chen Blog had turned moderation off this week, I submitted a comment under the post on Barba-Del
my comment in tribute to barba-del was blocked from this site, prior to moderation being suspended. barba-del had many friends who will not attend on saturday, but never the less, will miss her.
Moderation was turned off to facilitate a discussion about a new group show for the group. The Villa's, around the time of the Lanta protests, started a then, normal enough blog, LV Somebody. Later they would confess to me that their blog was always intended to become a vehicle against their perceived enemies. That list has grown to include dozens of members of the community, myself included. Their blog is now recognized as a hate blog; in addition to venom, there are continuous implied threats of violence.
I don't know if the art group was started as another vehicle for them, but it providing legitimacy for their agenda. At their Museum show last year, Bill Villa followed Alfonso Todd out into the street and harassed him for not joining the Villa crusade. You're either with Villa, or you're his enemy. Todd is now portrayed as an uncle tom and whore. Many people who normally would attend art shows now shy away because of the Villa's. I thought this reality should be part of the group's discussion. Here's my first comment.
what you should be discussing; my comment last week to the previous post was prevented from appearing. ironically, the dynamic responsible for that happening also prevents more patronage of your shows and events. you, members of the chen art group, have been passively endorsing a source of increasing hostility by turning a blind eye; art should be more than two or three dimensions.
Pancho replied that my comment was off topic and future comments would be deleted. My reply:
pancho, at the museum show alfonso todd was followed out and harassed. others, including myself, were threatened if we appear at your shows. if you don't find this information relevant to the topic of group shows, perhaps it was the nile you crossed, not the rio grande (Pancho mentions that he crossed the rio grande in his blogger profile)
Pancho did delete my reply. It's ironic that the Chen Arts Blog is moderated. Prior to Bill Villa spamming every blog with his compulsive comments, moderation was not needed on the local blogosphere. I do not believe that worthwhile art can be produced without a conscience. Art is more than the ability to draw, Hitler could draw. Should the Chen art shows be a venue for Villa's to glare and intimidate viewers and patrons on their ever increasing hate list? Should the Chen Arts Blog be a place where they can pose as acceptable after spewing poison on their blog? Can the members of Chen really be artists if they cast a blind eye to all that?
ADDENDUM: BOTH MY COMMENTS AT THE CHEN ARTS BLOG HAVE NOW BEEN DELETED, INCLUDING MY COMMENT IN THE BARBA-DEL TRIBUTE
ADDENDUM 2: BILL VILLA EXPLAINS WHY HE DELETED MY COMMENTS