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Recycled canvas………

6 Feb

I remember hearing when I was younger how struggling artists in times gone by used to buy other artist paintings at markets or jumble sales and render their art over the existing work.

Yesterday I witnessed the modern equivalent, on a local graffiti wall. The lads had permission to use the wall and turned up on the weekend, painted over the existing work with a base coat and then applied their well conceived  designs on to the wall.

When I approached the guys to ask if I could photograph them I was met with happy, proud artists that were taking genuine care with their work. One of the artists and I struck up a conversation and he told me that these blokes spend weeks thinking thru their next work and mulling over colour choices to emphasise particular aspects of the work.

In the past I have used graffiti walls as backdrops for photo shoots, mainly due to the colour and the underlying emotional currents that these scenes can trigger.

I firmly believe that this form of graffiti is in fact modern art, applied via modern means and relevant to a modern society, and the link to the recycled canvas only confirms this colourful addition to the urban landscape as art !!

 

 

Interpretation…….

13 Jan


When I was at school ( so long ago ) our English teacher gave us novels to read and report on. Please remember I was a normal, sport loving, girl chasing, car addict that believed school was really an extension of my social life where occasionally I was expected to produce a piece of work that would lay foundations for a career ! Hah!

As I read these novels ( and I always have loved reading ), I would take the story at face value, never delving to deep into moral commentary or hidden lessons. The stories were either a rollicking good yarn or a boring tome which I struggled to digest more than four or five pages at a sitting. This lead to a series of essays that either stated that ” this book was bloody good fun to read” or ” I don’t get it”. Needless to say my poor English teacher struggled to help me achieve a pass mark.

Some of my classmates however interpreted these literary mazes differently to me, they spoke about social commentary of the era, of double meanings, twists that make The Newman/Redford movie ‘The Sting” look straight forward. Slowly over the intervening years I have become aware of the presence of these disguised messages and enjoy discovering what I believe to be the equivalent to the little menus on DVDs such as ‘extra takes’ and ‘from the producer’.

Sometimes I KNOW that there is more to the written word than meets the eye, but my hidden moral/secret message radar is quite obviously tuned to a different frequency , and such was the occasion when I spied this gem on a wall in Brisbane. I of course did a Google search and got a link to someones Flicker account who had also taken the pic, but no further explanation.

I have several of my own ideas, ranging from pocket-money for the lipstick or pawning a friends dads watch to buy make up, to more morally comprised visions of  sordid relationships bought on by facial bling which destroys a fathers standing in the family unit (ie not on my watch).

Anyway, have look, have a think and add your interpretation !

Art???………..

31 Dec

My wife and I sat down to watch the news the other night together, both of which are rare happenings. Usually one of us is working or the kids are doing sport, scouts or something. The normal bad financial news, followed by rising crime statistics, and then a cute and furry animal story. In other words the norm, however interspaced amongst all this was a brief story on Graffiti, and how it was a blight on our city scape. The reporter went on to reveal the new initiatives  for prevention and clean up, which in fact sounded remarkably like a rehash of previous ground breaking plans.

What this article did however was spark a conversation between my wife and I regarding Graffiti and art. Surprisingly we agreed that in the main genuine graffiti inspired art was in fact worthy of public display and as valid as cubism, Pollock’s Blue Poles that hangs in the National Gallery or any other art style that over the years has inspired debate. Now one of the glaringly obvious differences’ is that the art (graffiti) is applied to public and private buildings etc often without permission, the other of course is the tagging etc that is included in the genre. To me this is just defacing something that doesn’t belong to the tagger for reasons that seem a little akin to a male cat spraying to mark its territory.

Some of the genuine art is so very clever, especially when you consider that these murals are completed with spray cans. Now when I use a spray can I get covered, and so does everything within a ten foot radius.

This morning I went looking for graffiti of both styles around the lovely Burleigh Heads and found to my delight that there was a great deal of Imaginative art and very little vandalistic tagging. By the way all these images were taken with the Nikon D700 with the cheap but brilliant 50mm 1.8, I just love this little lens, it makes you think and move.

Thanks to all for taking the time to read this little blog and look at the images displayed. A happy and safe New Year to all and your families and I look forward to sharing blogs next year.

Andrew