Hyperallergic article

September 4, 2011 at 10:02 am (Uncategorized)

There’s a great article about Jersey City artists on the blog Hyperallergic. Written by Brendan Carroll, it’s finally an article about being an artist out here that cuts through the crap:

Some US cities have up-and-coming art scenes. Jersey City is not one of them. There is no infrastructure to nurture, sustain and attract artists on a professional level.

He’s absolutely right. Jersey City is a great place to live, but it gives you no particular advantage if you’re an artist. I’m totally ok with that; in fact, it suits me really well. But it’s really refreshing to read an article about JC that doesn’t hype the supposed art scene out here. You want art? Go to NYC. It’s not hard to get to, and it features the best art in this country. You want cheap, big, nice housing in a diverse, working class, and liberal area with lots of public transportation? Live in JC. It’s great – you can visit NYC every day if you want, and then come home to a very liveable place.

Anyway. It’s a good article and Brendan highlights my work. So, hooray!

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