Graffiti = Art ?

Art is always in question. What looks good? What doesn’t? Is this relevant? What does it mean?

This is a video I created back in early 2013 for my Year 12 major work in Visual Arts. It won ‘Best Film’ at two different film festivals and won me an award for ‘Best Cinematography’ at another. It was made with the aim to shine a light on the pretentious nature of the art world these days, to show the “high art” advocates that street art is indeed both valid and relevant in todays culture. It is my view that more often than not street art can actually be saying more about society than traditional art.

It explores the commentarial and elucidatory nature of street art, or more commonly known as “Graffiti”. In today’s society, people commonly dismiss street art as vandalism, however, when paralleled with the artistic practice of more traditional artists such as Jackson Pollock, Jeff Koons and critics such as Greenberg and Hughes, it is clear that the nature of art is always in question and how often ideology and practice overlap, posing the question that despite the absence of a commercial exchange perhaps street art is in fact a legitimate form of art. That the possibility of beauty and the exchange of ideas is more important than whether or not it is for sale.

So next time you are walking through the street and you see a sentence scribbled on a sign post or a piece of work sprayed on a wall, stop, take three steps back, and just look. You may just surprise yourself.

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