Wednesday, September 10, 2008

g is for graffiti

graffiti is it street art or senseless vandalism? as with most things in life, I say context is everything and beauty is in the eye of the beholder!

g is also for gwen.
If we treated everyone we meet with the same affection we bestow upon our favorite cat, they, too, would purr.
Martin Delany (1812-1885) african-american abolitionist, political activist

photos: top - wall scrawl off e. 6th; gwen at home - cleveland

12 comments:

Absolute Vanilla (and Atyllah) said...

I so totally agree! I've seen some stunning graffiti doing beautiful things to awful walls. I've also seen some total mindlessness in places that it should never be. As you say, context is everything.

Megan said...

If only all graffiti looked like that, I wouldn't mind it at all.

Mostly unintelligible squiggles around here.

Steve said...

Woo hoo! A most EXCELLENT topic for a post. :)

I firmly believe graffiti to be both communication and artistic expression. But like most other kinds of communication and art, some of it is really bad. The "unintelligible squiggles," as Megan put it, are unfortunate...

Still, some graffiti is truly stunning. I've often wondered if I'd feel differently about it if graffiti artists targeted the building where I live. (They never do.) I think I can honestly say that if it was a good piece, I wouldn't mind at all, and might even welcome it.

Dumdad said...

Princess Perfect was looking over my shoulder as I was reading this and saw the photo of Gwen and exclaimed: "It's Scabby!" They really do look alike.

K. said...

Back in the late Eighties, I saw a photography exhibit having to do with the Berlin Wall. The photographer had snapped segments of both sides, pairing the west side segment with the east side segment. Invariably, the west segment was covered with layers of graffiti while the corresponding east segment was blank. Just saying, is all...

Barbara said...

Now that's a good-looking cat!

As for graffiti, I have a whole new appreciation for it after visiting Berlin, where graffiti is everywhere!

tut-tut said...

What a great quote!

Graffiti I think, around here anyway, is a means of expression. Most of it (not the gang tags) is quite amazing.

Merle Sneed said...

When someone paints "Westside girls rule" on your wall in big black letters, it isn't art.

jude said...

i learned a lot more about rap and graffiti when my son was growing up. some of his friends sat around the kitchen table and explained its core to me from the context of youth and culture. i was enlightened and delighted by their kind effort to communicate and teach rather than push.

it would be great if the whole world were purring.

dennis said...

Dennis likes graffiti and cats.

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dennis said...

Dennis says West Side Girls Rule! Yay!Dennis would decorate that with fleurs.

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