It’s not all-white
Regarding your Nov. 13 "Art & Culture" story on the city's edgier arts groups: You are aware that there are alternative art spaces outside the of white community, right? Don't those count?
Rodrigo Mesa, Valencia Park
A boiling art scene
Regarding your Nov. 13 "Art & Culture" story on the city's edgier arts groups: First and foremost, great article. The roller-coaster activity and popularity of an art scene in San Diego is something that I feel has always been an elephant in the room amongst every local contributor, but it really is true. San Diego isn't recognized as a hotbed for innovation; it's the prequel or the conclusion to a career or, even worse, complacency manifested.
However, the main problem I can see is that everyone involved in covering the art scene is always so focused on the same things, over and over—the same locations, the same galleries, the same forms of art, the same exhibitions—there's no coverage on innovation, there's no coverage on someone doing something new. How do you expect to encourage new ideas, innovative breakthroughs or even a glimmer of vitality when all those that strive for it are ignored for the next article on a white-walled gallery in Downtown? The San Diego art world practically runs out anyone who breaks the mold, and what do they do? They settle for another major city, and our city gets left behind.
San Diego isn't recognized for its vital and raw art culture because, unlike Los Angeles, New York or any other cliché major art city, we shun those who don't fit the mold of a "respected" artist. That's the major problem. Whether it's kids in their late teens / early 20s who are setting up warehouse parties / art shows for the sake of expressing their art outside the confines of a dim curator, such as The Travelers Club, Acid Jive, etc., or even the street-art movement that is exploding at Eighth Avenue and G Street. There's no coverage, because in comparison to a white-wall gallery, a group of kids and young adults thriving off their experimentalism just aren't nearly as credible—or so is the main misconception.
Maybe it's a generational gap, maybe it's a lack of coverage, maybe it's just because the media can't find a way to turn a story on it, but as we speak, the underground San Diego art scene is exploding with talent, and the real tragedy is that no media outlet is talking about it. These people are raw and gritty photographers, visual experimentalists, street writers and painters of all kinds, musicians exuding a leaning edge and more.
I could list various events and shows that have happened, are happening and will happen that could blow the no-audience theory out the water. These kids feed off the energy of their peers, and the waters are continuing to boil.
Andres Murillo, Chula Vista
Peters’ ‘little wedgie’
Thanks for that very clear explanation of the effect of Scott Peters' vote for the Republicans' little wedgie of an insult bill to the Affordable Care Act ["Editorial," Nov. 20]; in other words, Peters simply was out to position himself toward what he perceives to be "the middle." I think he probably is unafraid of appearing to be ineffectual and of no real consequence to thoughtful Democratic voters, whom he probably believes form a minority within his own party.
That sort of "Go along to get along" is a bank shot from yesterday's Democratic playbook. Nathan Fletcher's loss to David Alvarez as the Democratic representative in the mayoral runoff (and Filner's 2012 election) reveals where the party is moving, and it's not in Peters' direction. Clearly, if he loses his Congressional seat to DeMaio, he'll have only his own gratuitous indifference to his party's values to blame for the loss. In the long run, that loss would help solidify the Democrats' move back toward their historic center.
Again, you should feel good for having made clear Peters' disregard for his base through this examination of what he didn't do for the nation's health, and what he did for his own.
Bob Dorn, North Park
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