Etikettarkiv: Graffiti

Graffiti’s Rize and Fall – The Triumph of Ads


Street artist Zevs gives his unauthorized view of a local hamburger bar

The everlasting debate of how a society should frame its illegal artists – the street artists – continues at, a page dedicated to a theoretical debate of graffiti and its discontents. In my latest article for the page I discuss the problems of public (private) space, or what is now labelled social space. Social space is the private space dedicated to socializing people, turning them into unintended shoppers or brand voyeurs. Street art can effectivly be an illegal institution of check and balance against this privatization of common space, since there exists no other control system of commercial exploiation of public space.

Read it here (in Swedish).

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New Definition of Art by the Swedish Minister of Culture – It’s All ‘Bout Morals

Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth jumps out of her closet to issue a strange critique of the institutional definition of art after seeing a video of graffiti artist NUG. The question must be if certain levels of moral crossings should be forbidden or condemned by the artworld and its institutions. Of course, as she suggests in this interview, killing someone should not be equaled as art, but how do we look upon civil disobedience or activism? There is an interesting text of art and morals in the anthology Arguing About Art, review of it here.

Watch a funny remix of the statement by Pluskvam or is it Lars Vilks:

Or the original video here

Stay tuned fo mo on this topic.

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Poster Boy street art myth spread by the NY Times: There is no Poster Boy!

Henry Matyjewicz, a 27-year-old Brooklynite, was  arrested by NYPD’s a few days ago. He is known around the city and beyond as Poster boy, a street artist that for years have remodelled New York subway ads and billboards with a little razor, exerting a feisty but playfully intuitive critique of consumer culture. He works in a similar tradition as many other of recent years’ street artists such as Swedish AKAY, Polish M-city, or Swoon from Brooklyn. His cut-outs are literally live adbusting (or ‘subvertising’), while at times he has done it even in front of an audience, something which he might find more difficult to pursue in the future.

But the NY Times casts some mythological doubt-cum-Banksy glow to this matter, referring to an anonymous call they received from ”Henry”, part of the self proclaimed ”Poster Boy movement”, stating: There is no one Poster Boy, we are many. If this is true, the poster slashing will not halt for long, since  ”Henry”-the-voice claims that Matyjewicz only plays a minor role in the movement at large. Future will tell, then.

The complicated story of art and graffiti have been debated over and out whence the complex theories often begin with the notions of cleaning, destruction or iconoclasm. Removing graffiti from the public space have been the main issue for graffiti artists and transportation authorities alike for four decades. Street artists have thus since the 1990’s pursued new forms of expressions beyond the spraycan, and slowly started to smudge the concept of simple removal of graffiti, which in turn have taken interesting forms of consumption critique.

A nice connection between the concept of iconoclasm and graffiti is graff critic Jakob Kimvalls essay in Swedish downloadable here.

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