Friday, March 06, 2009
More great stencils get zapped
Local artist Mini-Graf kindly installed this work: Danger: A repressive society is coming in Brougham Lane for a prospective docco some friends of mine are piloting.
It was taken down within two hours. Can't have good art on the walls now, can we?
The Carriageworks people asked for the pic to run in their next art magazine.
Today I found a kindred blog, Nosey in Newtown, which pictured the German version of the stencil (below), also since removed.
Nosey documents the history of that wall as more artists keep putting new work there.
What officialdom will never realise is that some people need the freedom to act outside its claustrophobic middleclass oppression, and such people will gravitate to the inner city because suburbia is suffocating.
But control is getting more and more effective in the name of nothing more than a middle-class obsession with order and sterility.
As one caller on radio 702 commented to graffiti-hater Deborah Cameron, "At the end of the day it's only paint on the wall". 'Get some perspective' was her message to those whose brains explode every time they see wall art.
Funnily enough calls ran mostly in favour of wall art and even lenience to taggers -- "make them clean it up" was the commonly suggested punishment, and I have no problem with that if the wall owner doesn't want it on their wall.
But the haters of public art believe themselves to be the sole arbiters of public amenity.
PS Deborah Cameron yesterday spoke a nice faux-pas when she described herself as "a scrubber", referring to her neurotic habit of scrubbing out graffiti.