Walls and ways

I suppose as a one off conversation the professionalism that has crept into major street projects is apparent. For multidisciplinary artists it is a great opportunity. You can build freestanding structures and wrap them with art or put them to other uses. The competition is fierce but that isn’t a bad thing. It is a smaller and more professional set of criteria and outcomes. For me being a somewhat traditional artist using paper, canvas and walls my own work isn’t a wrap around option. It is more about what you are interested in doing and wrapping surfaces completely seems like a problem that seems more in tune with graffiti wholecars and advertising. Wholecars were always the most revered graffiti form but for some the smaller formats were more appealing.

When I do graffiti I want to see the wall as the frame. I don’t want an architectural frame. These huge walls are very architectural and that is where the professionalism comes in. I didn’t always think like this but it is my main format. The long 2.4metre high frame. But I don’t like it when it gets too long because it spoils the detail. All of the details gets lost in long extended graffiti. I am talking over six names or more. For me two names are great. There is interest and detail in that format. I love work that does wrap around and I am excited to see the kinds of projects like Elysium and Artmoves coming up. They are showcases for professional format work but there is great skill in smaller more contained formats that may not be as institutionalised or popularised but contain the jewels of expression.

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