Thursday, February 23, 2006

Graffiti

Besides cornrows, I like statements by scribbling graffiti. Friends who know gave me the gift of the book Graffiti World:
Street art from five continents
, a beautiful collection with a sample on the web. Graffiti does not kill, but being (the best?) graffiti artist does: "gallery owner Annina Nodei locked Jean Michel Basquiat in a basement,..., to sell his canvases wet off the easel", check out The Downtown Book, The New York Art Scene 1974--1984.

3 Comments:

Anonymous D. Eppstein said...

I have no experience creating graffiti, but I sometimes like to photograph it. We've been having an interesting bilingual discussion on the comments for someone else's graffiti photo regarding conservation of graffiti or of graffiti-suitable sites.

Will have to check out that book...

5:51 PM  
Blogger metoo said...

Nice!!

In the context of the bilingual comments on the other graffiti: I have been intrigued by what I call "virtual graffiti". These are graffiti that exist only in the cyberworld, but are "tagged" with physical locations. If someone with a handheld PC happens to be close to a physical location with an attached graffiti, the graffiti is revealed to them on the device. (Virtual graffiti preserves the spatial context of the graffiti which is important.)

Btw, I spoke about this in a talk in 2002, did not do anything to follow up. May be others have had similar ideas?

3:44 AM  
Anonymous D. Eppstein said...

Some theory graffiti for you.

11:06 AM  

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