The final sprint to complete all of the work I need to have finished for the graffiti show in the Brevard Art Museum, Under Pressure on May 16th continues. I use a printer in New York, Ken Allen Studio, to print all my work, his quality is second to none. I have opted for this show to use large size images. The smallest of the 9 images I will display at this event will be 20 inches by 30 inches. I have two panoramic shots of work by Cynic and Slow, they are 72 inches wide by 24 inches tall may largest images to date.
From Gutter to Gallery: Graffiti Gets In the Melbourne Museum of Art
Dates: 5/16/2009 to 7/12/2009
From its beginnings on the streets as rebellious communication to its acceptance in private collections and galleries to its influence on marketing and consumerism, graffiti as a style, as an influence, and as an art form cannot be denied. Documented forms of graffiti date back to ancient Greece and the Roman Empire. Then as now, it was a form of communication and illegal. The modern form of graffiti made its way to New York City in the late 1960s and exploded on subway trains and buildings. Urban youth, from all racial and economic groups, used metal and brick as their canvases, tagging stylized versions of their names or their group names. Style wars escalated with calligraphic feats growing from plain lettering to unique scripts and styles, followed by scale wars as writers tried to out do each other by painting subway cars from top to bottom and large murals on buildings. Competition created increasingly intricate lettering: block letters, leaning letters and bubble letters were the earliest forms and the foundation of many styles. Soon twisted lines, curls, arrows, and maze like constructions adorned letters; these additions became increasingly complex, and the basis for wild style lettering. As the transit authority made access increasingly difficult and with the rise of guns and drug trafficking, graffiti street culture changed. Eventually, writers began looking for other opportunities and began painting on paper and canvas, attracting the attention of the art world.
From Gutter to Gallery explores the styles of a new generation of writers and artists: Cynic, Sone 2, Slow, Typoe, Enve, This, Deps, BlackBooks, and Cliffton Chandler. Co-curator and writer Cynic shares an inherent love of calligraphy and reveals the intricacies, influences, and undercurrents of graffiti culture.
Photographs by John Sluder, Casey Decotis and James and Karla Murray (of the book Miami Graffiti, www.urbanimagephotography.com) will also be featured.
Co-curated by Jeff Noble aka Cynic and Jackie Borsanyi
I am preparing for a museum show in May. I met up with graffiti artists Slow and Deps to get some video and stills for the show.
Shoots with graffiti artist is very different that shooting models. I interact a great deal with models. With a model I would instruct them were to stand, how to pose. When shooting a street artist I stand in the shadows and let them work. We speak very little, they slip into their zone and I try to show them working.
I have been asked to document a wall mural being paint by the graffiti artist Slow. He just open a new store (http://www.slowinc.com/) in downtown Melbourne. I really need a place to get some new clothes, I am very fashion “stunted” to state it politely. I shot video all yesterday and will contine to shoot to day.
I found this very interesting. The art of the graffiti removal “artist” in comparison of the great abstract artist and interesting point of view…
Brevard Art Museum
I will be in an up coming show with Jeff Noble (AKA Cynic), the show will feature street art in various forms. I will have photography and some stencil work, more to come…