July 28, 2012
Recent history has shown us that graffiti has slowly been accepted into society. With the massive boom of street art here and abroad, society has ‘legalized’ what it cannot control, using legalization as form of control.
Graffiti has been taken in for its face value: it’s edgy, new, and all the kids are doing it. Companies are cashing in on it, street artists have their own Facebook pages, and identities are turned into brands. Both the artists and the corporate world have turned the act of vandalism itself into a marketing strategy. As all things new and hip are, graffiti has been pushed into a gray middle area between rebellion, illegality, disregard for law, to commercial endeavours, gallery shows and limited edition merchandise.
This exhibit aims to explore the ideas that lie inbetween the spaces of illegality, public vs. private space, accessibility vs. exclusivity, transgression vs. normativity, and the symbolic appropriation therein. More than just direct and literal transposition of images from street to gallery, the artists aim to work around the said concepts, using new materials and processes relevant to their ongoing practice as graffiti artists. In doing so, creating new meanings and discourses relevant to the subculture, art practice, and ultimately, society
keneth dela cruz
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