Saturday, December 18, 2010

Creative Explorers or Con-men wanting to see the World on Your Dime?

Justin Valee and Jeremiah Taylor create on Market Square
Sometimes it's hard for me to tell the difference between creative, brave and thus admirable people and others who are simply avoiding the real world the rest of us have to deal with. I don't want to be naive, but I also don't want to be overly cynical.

Not too long ago I met Justin and Jeremiah, pictured above, working on an artistic piece of some sort on Market Square. I think they've been mentioned in Metropulse and they've had at a least one show at Relix. They are hard to describe. Their website is Follow2Square and I get that they consider themselves artists of various sorts and that they decided to take, as they say, "the road less traveled." As far as I can tell that means traveling and hanging out and making art of different sorts while asking for sponsorships (AKA money) from businesses and individuals.

Here's a video below which gives a flavor of the guys.

Do you know them? Can you explain them better? I'd love to hear from someone who knows the story. I mean, I want to be open minded, but, well, I'd like to "travel between Europe and the United States" as they have for the last two years and be creative while someone else pays the bill. Anyone interested in donating? I didn't think so. Now I'm sounding cynical. Somebody set me straight.

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At December 19, 2010 at 12:26 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe you should actually trying reading the content on the web site instead of looking at just the pretty pictures. They actually provide artwork for sale ---- as well as offer their services for free as a way to give back to the community!

At December 19, 2010 at 2:53 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about actually looking at the artwork for sale? You may actually have to click on a few links.

At December 19, 2010 at 5:28 PM , Anonymous KnoxvilleUrbanGuy said...

You know, my anonymous friend, you seem a bit defensive. The blog asked a question. That's all. No one condemned anyone. I'm happy to have your disagreeing opinion, but everytime you post you seem to want to attack me by saying I simply want to look at pretty pictures or I haven't read the site or I might "acutally" have to do something simple as if I've done nothing. Instead of attacking me, tell us what you know. If I'm wrong, say so. I'm a big boy. Help me understand why there is a donate button and why I should want to give to this cause as opposed to cancer research or something else. There is really no need to belittle me everytime you comment. Ok? :-)


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