Posts Tagged ‘Sydney Graffiti Art’

Urban Uprising

Posted: September 12, 2010 by Tawar in Uncategorized
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So I recently found out about Urban Uprising, a street art gallery out in Surry Hills that aims

to bring street art from around the globe to a new audience in Australia

This is definitely a positive thing but I had a few reservations about this gallery when I read about it. What really got to me was the fact it was opposite to everything I was charmed by initially; that graffiti manifested in open and non-elitist surrounds. And there is a weird aura of stigma once anything is placed inside a gallery. Nevertheless, I trekked out to Surry Hills to get this unusual experience of viewing graffiti inside a professional gallery

I quickly observed it was located on Crown St in Surry Hills, a highly gentrified area bristling with yuppies emulating a ironically bohomian lifestyle, as French-American actor Julie Delpy likes to called them “bo-bo’s” – bourgeoisie bohemians.

Urban Uprising

This was a bizarre perversion of the origins of street art; a grass roots art form that has typically been appropriated by popular culture consequently commodifying it.

I went on inside to find a modest and eclection collection of graffiti

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So I was pleasantly surprised by the gallery’s artwork. I think, despite all my misgivings, it was inevitable for street art to head down this avenue.

As I was talking to Chris Tamm he highlighted that one of the postive of this new trade is talented graffers are able to make a living out of something that has so frequently been criminalised.

But this process of commodification works in other ways such as  artists being commissioned to do work on buildings or walls like I wrote in my previous blog.

So do you this is a step in the right direction for graffiti art or not?



Mays Lane

Posted: September 12, 2010 by Tawar in Uncategorized
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I recently have taken up an interest in graffiti and in my last blog I described how it has been much more appealing than traditional art and I’m growing to understand why.

I recently took a short student stencil art course at Pine Street Creative Arts Centre in Darlington. The most appealing thing about it was there was no prerequisite to have any formal education in art. Then coming out of the short course I found the whole experience a  very open and welcoming one.

I ventured out to the very unique and famous Mays Lane in St Peters to check out the graffiti that is up there (for now anyway)

The moment you turn right to walk off the station there is graffiti everywhere.

Outside St Peters Station

Then the moment I walked into Mays Lane I felt like I stepped into this massively warped tunnel of graffiti. The art was overlapping and ranged from elaborate tagging in amazing fonts to a mix of sculptured graffiti!!

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And as usual there some graffers out there working on a piece

Graffers at work

So how it works down at Mays Lane is the panels on the buildings are assigned to each commissoned artist. These artist can be basically any graffer out there who applies with very little restrictions. You have graffers from all walks of life come and do some work on the panels.

One of the commissioned panels

Another commissioned panel

This has got to be the most appealing aspect about graffiti. The non-elitst and permeable foundations it is built on.

To hear more about the graffiti scene in more depth check out my interview with graffer Chris Tamm talking about how he got into graffiti, the developments over his 25 years of experience and where its headed!

Watch out for my next blog, I discuss the interesting path graffiti has taken by being installed in galleries!

But until then what’s your take on graffiti?

Does it appeal to you?

Post up any pictures of graffiti you’ve taken. Would love to see a better documentation of this amazing but sadly permeable art!