Tomorrow, Turning Criminals Into Unwitting Artists In the Cedars' CorinthPark Studio

A large-scale vandalization job at South Dallas's CorinthPark warehouse-workspace will be turned into an gallery exhibition in the Cedars tomorrow during the Cedars Open Studios Eighth Annual Studio Tour. Thousands of dollars worth of damage was done over a period of days last month by a "jealous" and "insecure" person who intended to sabotage the studio, believes CorinthPark co-curator Herschel Weisfeld. The perpetrator ripped out padlocks and pounded through a cinder-block wall to gain access to the interior of CorinthPark, where they cut electrical wiring, covered the studio's signature indoor graffiti in paint and poured concrete down plumbing lines.

Calling the exhibit "ART CRIME SCENE," Weisfeld enlisted the help others in the art scene of to assist in displaying the vandalism of "the mysterious participant," and, later, the work done by the Dallas Police Department in documenting the crime. Weisfeld says police have a suspect -- "someone in the creative community," he tells Unfair Park. Turning the crime scene into a gallery piece "sends the message is that CorinthPark is open," Weisfeld says, and that "one individual who is jealous and insecure is not going to sabotage the rest of the creative minds that exist in Dallas."

Sarah Jane Semrad, who advises at CorinthPark, released a statement on the studio's website, which reads, in part:

"Conspirators lurch in every direction -- from the the graffiti artists to the cops who fingerprinted the place to the intruder him (or her) self. Inherent questions about value and art and vandalism in all its forms abound. I certainly do not condone the vandal's actions and the destruction of property or art, but I appreciate the questions this series of events has caused us all to ask."

Much of what the vandals left behind is included in "ART CRIME SCENE."

"We're taking the cut locks, poured concrete, broken toilets, electrical panels, vandalized paint cans, everything," Weisfeld told me, and it's all been given the posh gallery treatment: "We've got everything on pedestals."

After the event tomorrow, Weisfeld says, he's got 40 or so non-destruction-oriented creative minds coming in to help him clean up the mess and get CorinthPark back to its "formal presentation" mode.

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Andrea Grimes
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