26 May, 2013

Where Does Graffiti End And Street Art Begin?

Graffiti cartoon

So when does graffiti turn into street art, and aren't we surrounded by it wherever we look?

"Is it a coincidence that graffiti was spawned in New York, arguably the world's most advertising saturated and simultaneously most media savvy city? One can argue that graffiti is the by-product of a society inundated with advertising. After all, both seek to do just that. Advertising and graffiti function on a Phenomenological dimension to awaken the viewer's curiosity. On one level they rely on the sheer amount of coverage and penetration, and on a deeper one they rely on the quality of the delivery to embed themselves into the human consciousness."

~ Alex Kataras

Banksy street art
Banksy Street Art at Wood Green High Road, London
McDonalds suckling child advert

Gomes graffiti
Gomes Graffiti
Other Graffiti or Street Art Posts:
Travelling To Infinity And Beyond With Graffiti
Food For Thought: Peas Or Peace
Ants In The Pursuit Of Happiness

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8 comments:

  1. Re:
    ""Is it a coincidence that graffiti was spawned in New York, arguably the world's most advertising saturated and simultaneously most media savvy city?"

    I think you'll find that it started in the Middle East,if this film is correct -

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2lru4dJ4J6g

    .-)

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  2. I'm torn, some graffiti I like but other stuff that ruins buildings and similar things I detest.

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    1. Some is now classed as Urban Art - see festival link in reply to Trish's comment below.

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  3. Some graffiti is art and spiffs up neighborhoods!

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    1. You are right. By 'coincidence' just found out there is an Urban Art festival in Bristol, England today - said to be the largest in Europe see http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/22664987

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  4. This precisely the debate over the recent sale of a banksy piece


    http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/2013/may/11/banksy-slave-labour-mural-row-sale

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  5. and this classic "banksy" wisdom


    http://www.upworthy.com/the-coke-ad-that-could-destroy-all-other-products-especially-coke?g=3

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