“Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable.” – Bansky
This week’s video was a lengthy one, but very informative. I learned so much about graffiti! What was the most interesting to me was how those that put up graffiti could tell the difference between what was graffiti art and what was gang art. It was also interesting to learn about the origin of graffiti and how it came to be what it is today.
To me, graffiti is a great way to express ourselves and our ideas. It’s a good way to put art up for the world to see without having to go through the process of finding an art exhibit that will showcase your work. There is so much talent out there and so much beauty in what people have to express. While I believe that graffiti is a good way for us to express ourselves, I am completely against vandalism and destruction of property.
When I think of graffiti, the first thing that comes to mind is Banksy, I think it could be because we paid the most attention to him in the art unit for the Sociology of Popular Culture Class I took a semester ago. His artwork is phenomenal and definitely makes a lasting impression.
SIDE NOTE: If you haven’t already watched it, I would recommend watching the documentary Exit Through The Gift Shop. I think it’s a great watch and as interesting as the video we watched.
“Graffiti is one of the few tools you have if you have almost nothing. And even if you don’t come up with a picture to cure world poverty you can make someone smile while they’re having a piss.” – Banksy