Sunday, January 13, 2008

Graffiti: High Art or Contemporary Urban Folk Practice?
In a Dec. 11th article in AIGA Voice, Steven Grody discusses the merits of grafitti art. He says that while graffiti artists might not use common art terms, they do understand, and obsessively arrange visual weight, in their compositions. In the end, there is really very little difference philosophically between the art inside the gallery and that spray-painted on its exterior walls. Grody writes, "While some would recognize a Matisse, would they also understand the radical aspects of his art?"


MayteG. said...

Great article and interesting issue! In Toulouse (France) certain artists have the RIGHT to make their graffitis through out the city (there are restrictions as to what streets and what they can design) but they are VERY FAMOUS and ALL OVER the city! It is to a point that stores ask the artists to graffit the facade of their businesses and trains are painted as well! go to to see what I am talking about.
Mayte Gorostiaga (current VIC3002 student FIU)

Elio L. Arteaga, MFA said...

Thank you for your comment, Mayte.

Mike said...

I like grafitti art when it has information I can understand. There is a lot of grafitti that completely sucks and is not art, but instead is just illegible text.
Many "tag" artists and gangs around the world can use this illegible text to make a statement or represent one's presence in a territory.

THEN, there is grafitti art which can be murals, designs, a recreation of a scene, a memorial, and more. Some of these designs are vivid, colorful, full of life, and represent a story for that community.