Have made a few aerosol works this month and Easter is here so time for a break. Really went for it but you can burn out. Meditation, the park and a few laps of a tidal pool helped me get it together. I am looking at doing captions in some current and upcoming work. It helps bring a political edge without being too blatantly obvious like some street art. I am quite unpopular amongst up and coming graffiti artists because I am friendly toward street art and public murals. I don’t apoligise because really I appreciate anything that is interesting or worthwhile. My tastes are particular but also I can understand the point of art and creativity even if I don’t particularly enjoy it. There is a lot of public art I don’t personally like but I can appreciate the skill and effort. It is easy enough to undermine it verbally but what does it prove.
The young up and coming graffiti artists want to disapprove of these creative strategies because they seem professional and lame. They seem too acceptable and pedestrian which can impinge on their activities but not every work is impinging. It is simply existing within the space and in some cases uses it better than the graffiti artists did. There are always exceptions. Not every public mural or piece of street art can really function in certain spaces but neither in some cases can graffiti. It comes down to appropriateness. Everyone these days feels threatened, they feel that their ideals are being challenged so the younger graffiti artists obliterate a beautiful mural. Some works I can understand especially the stuff that looks like a shampoo commercial but why target it? Why underline the point? What the attitude does is to stop graffiti from developing and moving forward. Anyone who doesn’t fit in becomes a threat. Luckily there are a few different positions.
There is a lot of street art and public art I don’t like at all but as I said I can understand and appreciate the effort. If my own work which to my own vision is still graffiti is unappreciated by these hardcore types so be it. Essentially I am just a creative person who makes images and writes as well makes sound based works. What do I care? Luckily for me I am not stuck on the art grant gravy train or gallery gravy train I can do things with my own money. I may miss out on expensive holidays and have to struggle but my work isn’t owned by anyone but myself. Thankfully some people collect my work.