Greenpants Art Collective (creators of the Luminous Intervention project) applauds Open Walls Baltimore for bringing more public art to the streets and walls of Baltimore. As artists we view these contributions with joy. In this second round of Open Walls murals, however, it is impossible to ignore the overwhelming number of male artists. Thirteen of the fourteen (93%) murals are to be painted by male artists.
Erin Barry-Dutro, a printmaker, bookseller, and Greenpants member, summarizes her concern “Systemic sexism in the art world can often persist simply by never reaching beyond one’s own personal networks. We hope that our projection acknowledges the need to actively seek out inclusivity and artists who might go unrecognized otherwise.”