Saturday, March 20, 2010
Isiah Zagar - In A Dream.
"In A Dream" is a documentary about Philadelphia mosaic artist Isiah Zagar and his life. It starts out just another interesting view of an artist and his work and family, but soon follows the twists and turns of most lives -- breakdowns, infidelity, betrayal, separations, addiction, rehab, and through it all creativity and talent. It is a really good movie.
Isiah Zagar and his wife began buying up old buildings in rundown areas of Philadelphia decades ago. Zagar would then put mosaics on the entire building -- inside and out -- then rent them out.
Other artists also began taking over the abandoned buildings in certain areas of Philadelphia and using them to create street art, or people's art. As the economy changed, Philadelphia had its own surge of people with money moving back into the city, which is probably what saved some of these buildings from demolition.