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052. If It Can Help, It Can Hurt

Almost every practicing artist or designer can tell you that what we do is more than just a job or a series of mindless tasks. Regardless of why we do what we do, there is a shared sentiment that art and design does something in the world around us. Despite this, the assumption still remains that what we do is only good or just neutral, and this assumption is not correct or helpful.

This week Ryan and Garreth take a quick 30 Below jump into the way the work we creates functions within society. There is freedom in art and design to make the things you want to make, but is there also a call to make responsibly? Is it part of our work to ask what our art or design does to other people? Are we blameless for the good or bad that comes about from the things we bring in to the world? These aren’t easy or fun questions all of the time, but they are always worth the asking.

Check out our documentary The Builder!
The Builder is a story about friendship and the powerful way the interconnectivity of people living and moving throughout a city can help to build culture. The film centers on the art scene in Richmond, Virginia, with a focus on Oregon Hill native and contractor Don Childress, who–to the surprise of many–has an incredible contemporary art collection. This collection includes work from Francisco Clemente, Ron Johnson, and Bill Fisher to name just a few. Check out more at The Builder’s website.

New Show! New Show! New Show! New Show!
After a pandemic hiatus, Shockoe Artspace is finally going to have a new opening! We have four phenomenal artists who are making some amazing work to get us all back in the gallery this October. For more information, be sure to check out the Shockoe Artspace website.

Help Ken Gilbertson and Hatchback Gallery!
Our good friend Ken is trying to update Hatchback Gallery to better serve his new city and its art lovers. While he won’t let anyone touch the outside of the gallery, he does want to get a few new parts and build some new walls. We are helping Ken launch a GoFundMe, so be on the lookout for how you can help bring Hatchback Gallery to a neighborhood near you!

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