Friday, 23 November 2012

Lecture: Graffiti/Street Art

Caves at Lascaux, France
-Drawings and paintings on cave walls from the Paleolithic period (300 years old)
-Discovered in 1940 by four teenagers
-Depicting scenes of everyday life, hunting etc.
-Scratched with animal bones, natural pigments.

Ancient Roman Graffiti
-From Pompeii, Italy - graffiti on wall
-Pompeii was destroyed and completely buried during a long catastrophic eruption of the volcano Mount Vesuvius spanning two days in the year AD 79.

Kilroy/Chad - WW2
Engraving of Kilroy on the World War 2 Memorial in Washington, D.C

Paris May '68
Civil unrest inspiring cultural/ creative material

1970s New York
-Spray can graffiti
-Evolves alongside hip hop culture
-Making the language of the streets visible
-Announcing a presence and saying 'we will not be ignored'

Jon Naar - Photographer, 1973

Jean-Michel Basquiat, 1960-88

Neo Expressionist Painting

Warhol and Basquiat
General Electric With Waiter, 1984

-One of Americas largest corporations
-Collaborated towards the end of his life, Basquiat died of a heroin overdose 18 months after Warhol

Keith Haring, radiant baby, 1990

-In 1981 he sketched his first chalk drawings on black paper and painted plastic, metal and found objects.
-In 1984, Haring visited Australia and painted wall murals in Melbourne.
-Other commissions include Rio, Paris and Berlin

Haring Subway Art

-PopShop - closed 2005 - this sold tshirts, toys and posters bearing his signature images.
-It was also a celebrity hang out

Video Game culture
-From The Berlin Wall
-comment on the availability of brands and technology in the Eastern block.

TATS CRU, 1997 for Coca Cola

-French artist, born in 1969
-First mosaic in mid 1990's PAris
-Mosaic tile which has permanency as it is weatherproof and more difficult to remove than paper or paint.
-Tiles are pixel-like
-The 'invasion' spreads first across French cities and then 22 countries worldwide.

Points on a map form a space invader

Re-emergence of Street art
Banksy Kate Moss

Shepherd Fairley (Obama) 2008

Parisian Photographer JR, Favela Morro Da Provienda - Rio

Blu (Italy) and Os Gemeos (Brazil)

Blu Animated graffiti

Corsa Ad 2011

123 Klan (france)

-Found as a graffiti crew in 1989
 by Scien and Klor, have gradually turned their hands to illustration and design while still maintaining their graffiti practice and style. In doing so they have designed and produced logos, illustrations, shoes and fashion for the likes of Nike and Addidas.

123 Klan Website:

Paul Curtis (Moose) - Reverse Graffiti

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