The trustees of the California Heart for the Arts in Escondido on Wednesday defended an exhibition of Southern California road artwork that included a bit important of police.
An set up within the exhibit by road artist Richard Wyrgatsch II, who is named OG Slick, included sculptures of pigs dancing in entrance of a picture of police in riot gear.
The piece drew fast criticism from Escondido’s mayor and police chief, and prompted a particular assembly of the artwork middle’s board.
“The board voted to proceed CCAE’s help of the Road Legacy: SoCal Model Masters exhibition and of the set up in query with out eradicating, overlaying or in any other case modifying it,” mentioned Board Chair Sara Matta.
“Since opening final Friday, the exhibition has obtained an overwhelmingly optimistic response, though one set up has sparked passionate dialogue,” she mentioned.
Matta mentioned the board will convene a collection of discussions involving the exhibit curators, artists, metropolis leaders, neighborhood teams and others to deal with the controversy.
“As a community-serving group, CCAE has the chance to embrace and mirror various neighborhood viewpoints and produce individuals collectively to find, create and rejoice the visible and performing arts,” she mentioned.
The exhibition, which runs till Aug. 28, contains graffiti, road artwork, skateboarding, browsing, tattoos, hip hop, breaking, punk, lowriders and customized tradition.