Lady Pink “Rebellion is a healthy thing. It keeps ourcivilization from becoming stagnant. It keepsthe art world from becoming stagnant. Itquestions the status quo and it keeps it on itstoes. Why should art be sanctioned bypermission, inside a neat little gallery ormuseum or something? Why can‟t art just bethe expression of humans wherever the hellthey please?”
Quick History of Graffiti The word “graffiti” isactually plural of “graffito”and was first used in thelate 18th, early 19thcenturies when studies ofPompeii discovered wallmarkings. These markings weredescribed “as anuncultured art formand as the product ofa pure urge tocreate”.
Quick History of Graffiti The height of graffiti inPompeii was AD 14-68during Nero‟s reign. In the Romanworld, graffiti wasperhaps the only way totalk back to theoppressive authority.
Quick History of Graffiti After the Romantic Erainterest in graffiti as„pure creative act,‟ theVictorians returned to„real art,‟ losing interestin art that was producedin the streets. A negative attitudetoward graffiti onlybegan by the end of the19th century because itstarted to be associatedwith the lower levelelements of society.
Quick History of Graffiti The authors of graffitiwere perceived to besolely from the workingclass while those whodominated culturalproduction were theelite of society.
Quick History of Graffiti This reflected thenotion: “Those whohave freedom of thepress are those whoown a press.”
Brassaï Photographer Brassaï brought graffiti back to the public‟sattention through his photographic documentation ofgraffiti in the 1930‟s.
Brassaï Brassaï was a friend offamous artists PabloPicasso, SalvadorDali, and HenryMatisse. Picasso, whenhe was young, admittedto copying ideas fromgraffiti on walls.
Tagging “Tagging” is a term usedfor applying one‟s nameor pseudonym (fakename) with spray paintto trains (originally) orany public place. Pseudonym + Address# Example: Bzed335
Tagging Tagging started as an actdone just while trainsstopped then moved on.The train leaving the trainleaving the citysymbolized a type offreedom for the artist whowas stuck in the city withpoor living conditions orthe inability to travel. Hisname was free and couldtravel.
Tagging Tagging began tobecome moreelaborate andcompetitive asartists tagged trainsthat were parkedovernight, givingthe artist more timeto paint.
Nature of Graffiti Graffiti is Addictive:“destructive and creative atthe same time.” Placement of work is highlyvalued. Documentation of the workis equally important. Graffiti is a maledominated activity dueto the dirty, cold, anddangerous orientationof the act. Lady Pinkwas the first femaleartist to leave a lastingimpact on the graffitiworld. Graffiti writing becomesalmost calligraphic andan expression ofpersonality.
Situationists Situationists wanted tobreak down the barriersbetweenart, politics, and otherforms of socialoppression. Situationists inspiredpeople to decoratestreets with subverting(anti-government)posters.
Evolution of Graffiti This form of light graffiti is: non-destructive, it isn‟t permanent, and, looks very similar to video billboard displays onhighways. What about REVERSE GRAFFITI?
A Type of Printmaking Spray painting through a stencil is actually a form ofprintmaking. The stencil is the mask, and the negative space allowsfor ink (or paint) to adhere (stick to) the surface. Origins of Tagging = Pseudonym + Address #
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