“I don’t think art is propaganda; it should be something that liberates the soul, provokes the imagination and encourages people to go further. It celebrates humanity instead of manipulating it.” Keith Haring
I was looking at some truly magnificent graffiti art on Carl Milner’s blog post, Graffiti Factory, when in our exchange, the word VandArt came to me. In a creative flash, I had coined a new word – VandArt – as an abbreviation for Vandalism Art aka Graffiti. Don’t get me wrong, I love art and graffiti as an art form has always fascinated me; especially with its ties to hip hop culture. But, in its early days, graffiti was viewed as a form of vandalism… Of course, over the years, what used to be perceived as a nuisance or an act of vandalism evolved into more acceptable forms, and found its home in galleries and museums around the world.
“Graffiti is revolutionary, in my opinion, “and any revolution might be considered a crime. People who are oppressed or suppressed need an outlet, so they write on walls—it’s free.” Terrance Lindall
Graffiti to You
Caged voices, defy the norm
Basquiat, Lee too…
People like Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Lee Quinones, King Robbo, Banksy, Kenny Scharf, John Fekner, Pixnit, Crash, Lady Pink, Alexander Brener, Dondi, Zephyr, Heathcote Williams, Blek le Rat, and a host of other artists elevated the form by going beyond defacing subway trains and public spaces. VandArt was not just about the external form but about the greater internal message; the inner stance of the artist. As Aristotle explains: The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance. What do you remember about Graffiti? More below!
“The artist’s world is limitless. It can be found anywhere, far from where he lives or a few feet away. It is always on his doorstep.” Paul Strand
Wild artistic child dances
Free-flows. Forms. Colors…
When I think of VandArt, (which is, in my opinion, anther name for graffiti), I see it more as a form of defiance; an out of the box approach to the creative process, and a deliberate artistic effort to display art on all/any available surfaces… sort of following the notion that the personal is political = art is not separate from daily living. As Paul Strand suggests above, the artist’s world is limitless. I agree. Why should art be defined through narrow perspectives or limited mediums? The in-your-face forcefulness of VandArt/Graffiti made us all aware of this particular form of free flowing, explosive, colorful, passionate, abstract, politically charged, personally empowering art.
What are your thoughts? How do you view the subject from your experience and perspective? What has helped you? Do share! Thank you.
This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: Daily Post Prompt #3 - Your blog just became a viral sensation. What’s the one post you’d like new readers to see and remember you by? Write that post. And Daily Prompt: Play Lexicographer. Create a new word and explain its meaning and etymology.
*Please bear with me as I catch up on your blogs and commenting… I’m back on track with reading and responding to your blogs; albeit at a slow pace. Thank you all for your patience!
Positive Motivation Tip: Art is more than the visual expectations we hold in our hearts… Explore and expand…
PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos Crack is whack via Saurthompson.com Quinones Does Subway cars via Lapham’sQuaterly, King Robbo, Basquiat, Blek le Rat, Fekner, Olinda, Banksy, Lady Pink, Dondi, Kenny Scharf Mural on Houston Street Wall Made Famous by Friend Keith Haring,
via Wikipedia, via Flickr, or via my personal collection.
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