Turning Crime into Art

Artists take vandalized studio and create exhibit

Lemons, meet lemonade; lemonade, lemons.

A vandal or vandals took out their creative constipation about a month ago on an art studio — CorinthPark — in South Dallas.

The vandal or vandals — believed to be members of the "creative community" — made quite the mess after breaking though a cinder-block wall, pouring concrete down plumbing lines (also known as "pipes"), cutting electrical lines (also known as "wires"), defiling graffiti art, and otherwise causing a great deal of mayhem. Police added to the cluster by dusting for fingerprints and such.

CorinthPark co-curator Herschel Weisfeld would have none of it. He enlisted the help of art-world denizens and turned the damage into an art exhibit, titled — not "entitled" — ART CRIME SCENE, and put it all on display during last weekend’s Cedars Open Studios tour.

Somewhere, a petulant little vandal stamped his tiny feet in frustration because his (or her) attempt a something ugly turned out to be pretty nice looking, if you like that kind of art.

Oh, and by the way, "creative constipation" would be a great name for a band.

Bruce Felps owns and operates East Dallas Times, an online community news outlet serving the White Rock Lake area. He might not know art but he knows a cool gesture when he sees it.

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