They may be total strangers, but graffiti artists, band promoters, and illegal “poster pasters” often meet on the same gritty, decrepit, forgotten walls that make up our urban landscape. Over a period of years, they unknowingly create partnerships in art making, and change the face of our neighborhoods – for better or for worse.
Together, layer after layer, they build a sensual, textured, visual story I can’t help but explore and dissect. If you take the time to discover these hidden-yet-public treasures, you might be surprised by their simple beauty. The experience is free, and if you’re armed with a camera, you might take home some very sweet original art.
This week I catted around streets in the artsy section of Chelsea in New York. Galleries everywhere, but my art could only be found plastered and sprayed on bricks and mortar. Below, I divided up sections of work from the whole (a large building housing the edgy fashion house, “Commes Des Garcons.”)
Graffiti is nothing new. Archeologists say hundreds of public expressions, in the form of political opinion and social commentary can be found on the walls of Pompeii — dating back to 79 AD. (Pic #2)