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Paintings on Walls.



I've always liked graffiti.

I've never really dug art shown in galleries, however. Mostly, I find a lot of fine art (paintings, and so on), kind of boring. Every year I click the link to have a look at the Archibald, perhaps one of the most prestigious of the Australian Art awards, and each year I fight the urge off not to die of boredom. I figure, mostly, it's because I'm an uneducated little shit when it comes to this stuff, but I also have to admit to a failing to appreciate Picasso, a complete disinterest in Michaelangelo and... well, the list goes on. I do like the Andy Warhol silk prints, however. Or perhaps it's just where it is: I get to thinking that art in a gallery would look a whole lot more interesting if it was on the side of a building, if it was just out there, temporary, part of the environment in a way that advertising is not. Maybe I'd appreciate portraits more if they were on a wall.

The truth is, I probably just have trashy art taste, and a natural dislike for art galleries. At any rate, the comment for the picture below is, "Famous Bristolian street artist. His pictures sell to US film stars for thousands. Bristol City Council washes them off."

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(Anonymous)
Mar. 30th, 2007 02:18 am (UTC)
Ben, you're just a thug. (not intended as an insult)
benpeek
Mar. 30th, 2007 06:00 am (UTC)
thanks, anonymous person :P
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benpeek
Mar. 30th, 2007 06:03 am (UTC)
bourgeouis :)

(though not true bourgeouis. you'd only be that if you loved expressionist stuff.)
angriest
Mar. 30th, 2007 02:46 am (UTC)
I think there's so much variety in the fine arts that it's essentially impossible to write the whole thing off as dull and boring. Often very famous pieces are overrated however (yes, Mona Lisa, I am looking at you) whereas less famous works can unexpectedly blow you away.

One of the best art works I've ever seen in my life is this set of abstracts by Mark Rothko in the Tate Modern in London. They're hung in a deliberately darkened room, and are these enormous oil on canvas paintings that have massive washes of reds, pinks and purples. And for no discernable reason, nearly everybody who enters the room to view these paintings begins to get deeply disturbed and has to leave. It happened to me and my wife - it's awesome, like a deep emotional reaction without a rational and explicable reasoning behind it.

Art is great, is all I'm saying.
benpeek
Mar. 30th, 2007 06:01 am (UTC)
oh, i don't write the whole thing off as boring. i just seem not to enjoy the stuff so much as i do street art. half the time i think it has more to do with the setting than anything else.
exp_err
Mar. 30th, 2007 04:51 am (UTC)
Here's something I saw in Quebec City a few years ago. The boy is real, everything else is painted on the wall behind him:
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benpeek
Mar. 30th, 2007 06:03 am (UTC)
that's cool.
speshal_k
Mar. 30th, 2007 10:35 am (UTC)
I remember this!! From W******* 2000 conference?
exp_err
Mar. 31st, 2007 12:07 am (UTC)
Yep :)
speshal_k
Apr. 2nd, 2007 02:09 am (UTC)
I have this picture somewhere... it's pre-digital for me!!
exp_err
Apr. 2nd, 2007 02:12 am (UTC)
Early digital for me. I got sick of the camera I used for this after a while because it chewed through non-rechargable batteries so quickly. I ebayed it and reverted to a film camera for a while.
billyabbott
Mar. 30th, 2007 07:56 am (UTC)
Banksy's a bit of a weird one - some of his work, generally the random installations he leaves around (including one that got got kidnapped), gets picked up and disappears quickly, but more often these days people protect his graffiti rather than wash it off. Earlier this year a graffiti removal unit painted over one of his old tags off a wall in Bristol to public outcry and the annoyance of the local council. Round near where I work there are a bunch of his stencils (mainly his rats) on walls and the building owners paint around them when they paint their walls...

My lunchtime wanders are normally taken up with wandering around near work and taking photos of graffiti and something I rather like is the fact that it isn't permanent and that it gets painted over and added to over time. I rather like this one that I found the other day:

My wife redux

benpeek
Mar. 30th, 2007 10:54 am (UTC)
i like that--though the drunk kinda looks like prunk.
abrinsky
Mar. 30th, 2007 10:22 am (UTC)
Was surprised to find that Granada was full of fantastic graffiti - both beautiful and cleaver - of which this is probably my favourite:

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benpeek
Mar. 30th, 2007 10:57 am (UTC)
there is some nice stuff there...
claredudman
Mar. 31st, 2007 10:59 am (UTC)
Have you seen Banksy's book? It's pretty good.
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