Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Angry "Artists" Spread Shitty Graffiti Message on the Capital
Thursday morning, the night after the horribly and absurdly planned "Haunted Art" event was supposed to take place (but was shut down by the city attorney), poorly drawn graffiti appeared on the capital building and memorial that includes two crudely drawn stick figures and the phrase "give art a chance."
Surprise, it's no coincidence. If you want a good laugh, read through the Facebook event for the Haunted Art Exhibition. Reluctantly canceling the event, the organizer decided instead to organize a late night stickering campaign across Lansing stop signs Wednesday night. They also state in the City Pulse article that he "planned piece at the Capitol that could very well get him arrested for vandalism". Hmmm...
Luckily, the LPD can follow these very elusive breadcrumbs, and according to the organizer's Facebook page have already interviewed him and seized his laptop. He hasn't been publicly named as the suspect, but it's pretty safe to assume. If he wasn't personally responsible for the graffiti, he at least knows who did among his organized (or unorganized) crew on Wednesday night. According to MLive, the case has been forwarded to the county prosecutor’s office this week which most likely result in prosecution this week.
This is obviously some grade school level drama queen cry for attention bullshit. So, why do I care? Never-mind the fact that the graffiti is just bad to begin with, I have been involved in the art scene in Lansing for over a decade, and to watch some junior high school level artist come and shit all over it is incredibly offensive. If you want to be an artist in Lansing, why not give Lansing a chance? There are plenty of legitimate places to plan artistic events, there are plenty of legitimate places to solicit your art. If you cannot find a place within the Arts community of Lansing, perhaps the Arts is not a field you should be going into.
If you are just looking to stir shit up and get your name out there, then Kudos! I sincerely hope it ends in your arrest.
*Edit: It looks like the arrest was made, City Pulse reports. They also update saying that he admits to doing the graffiti (posting from the future, Wednesday the 20th). The City Pulse never should have given this bipolar hack any attention for this, and I never should have given him the blog space. Hopefully this is the last we hear from Jeffrey Scott Handley (aka "Geoph Aldora Espen").