GRAFFITI ART OR CRIME
How do you feel about graffiti ? Art or Crime?
The Independent ran an interesting article about ‘Street Art and Crime’ You can read it here. One of the guys was actually sentenced to 2 yrs for criminal damage! Your thoughts!!??
A small excerpt of the article from http://www.independent.co.uk/
On the face of it, as a society, we seem to be a little mixed-up when it comes to “graffiti”, as you call it if you work in the local council’s cleansing department, or “street art” as you say if you’re the chap – and they do mainly seem to be blokes – wielding the spray can.
But the confusion now runs deeper than those who spray and those who remove the paint. Great British institutions have been polarised. Last week the might of English law delivered its verdict at Southwark Crown Court where five members of the DPM graffiti crew were jailed – one, Andrew Gillman, for two years – after admitting conspiracy to cause criminal damage costing the taxpayer at least £1m.
Legal walls?? You can Paint here but don’t touch this one, that one or over there??
Legal walls may fail to excite some artists – “It’s the tiger in a cage v the tiger running free through the jungle,” says one – but they do offer a space for social intervention, where artists can act as mentors, using graffiti as a force for community cohesion and a potential route out of crime for inner-city kids. Since leaving prison, Judd is now regularly invited by local councils to run workshops, engaging and inspiring kids to “realise their potential”, both artistically and socially. “It’s about ownership and respect, it gives them an identity,” he says. “It’s a channel of energy to get rid of emotion.”
Legal or not, as graffiti seeps into the fabric of neighbourhoods, it becomes a natural fact of everyday life in the city, a cultural practice appreciated and legitimised by young urban dwellers. Simultaneously, it is harnessed by local authorities and property owners as a method of cultural branding, to create the sort of “poor but sexy” neighbourhoods that work so well for cities like Berlin. Active curation of street art really got into full swing in pre-Olympic London when the work of a local crew was scrubbed from the walls of the River Lea Navigation to make way for street art by several international artists, specially commissioned by the Olympic legacy’s public art body.
http://www.theguardian.com read on
A kind gesture from Vlane Carter, owner of Action Burger Restaurant.
The graffiti Grinches were caught on surveillance camera Christmas night outside Action Burger restaurant, located at 292 Graham Ave. in Brooklyn.
While restaurant owner Vlane Carter was excited the surveillance cameras worked, he said he has no interest in getting the suspects locked up.
“A fine, and maybe a little probation and they’ll come out and do it again,” Carter said. “How can we do something to maybe change these kids’ life and make this a positive experience for everyone?”
So Carter’s idea is to invite the graffiti artists inside to show their work on the walls of his restaurant, which is all about comic books. The walls are filled with the work of local artists, including Carter’s own series.
“Draw something on paper that’s nice and pleasant, and let’s see how good you are,” Carter said. “We challenge them.”
http://newyork.cbslocal.com read on
The world of Graffiti Art is hovering on the borderline of coming into age, of being accepted as a social wellbeing and an art form and not as a criminal act of vandalism…For our boringly dim, drab, dark, bleak city suburbs, let them vent, create, inspire and brighten the walls with colour for our sensory pleasure!
What d’ya think?