This is funny for Singaporeans who catch the MRT. Small demographic I know, but one close to my heart... (There's been a whole Boing Boing thing about making alternate underground maps with one of those anagram generator things).
When I first read about the DDD project (some guys are painting derelict buildings in Detroit "Tiggerific Orange" to protest urban decay) I was pissed off. I like nothing better than a decaying building, and I hate nothing more than a coat of fresh orange paint. After reading a bit more maybe the ends justify the means... but still, orange?
UPDATE - maybe I'm getting it wrong, but it seems that these artists are making a statement that they WANT these buildings demolished. I'm hoping it's because of some back to nature let-the-whole-world-be-a-garden thing, otherwise this is not good.
Just heard from my friend. He now has a blog... He's from Taiwan, and his english name is really Superman. I'm in Taipei this week actually and today I met someone who was at school with a person named Meeting and another person called Shoes. Another guy I know is called Pudding. I'm not making this up. More of Superman's pictures after the Continued Next Week button.
With quite a cult following here in Sydney, Numbskull joins an array of street artists taking their art back off the streets into a more formal mode of presentation ie the gallery. What does this mean. It means you dont make a buck from your work by spraying the streets, unless you are like minded with a friend of mine in London who is convinced if he sledgehammers, saws or bulldozers prized Banksy pieces from their resting grounds he will make it BIG time in the future. Also I remember a story about a well known female New Zealand designer who actually knocked off a piece from the streets in Auckland city and put it in her home - which I thought was pretty fkin rude actually.Now who was that..? I digress. The old arguments about the gallery as an institution lie buried in the 70's its actually cool again to show in them. For eg " I am having a cool show in this gallery" or " I went to see this cool show at a gallery" What is important I think is the effectiveness of place with images. Taking something that strikes hard on the streets out of context can easily become somewhat dumbed down on a canvas. I enjoyed the imagery of Numbskulls pieces but up close and personal it just wasnt the same >