Posts Tagged ‘Graffiti’

Despite what most people think street artists have been around long before Banksy came on to the scene.  The movement first gained attention in the 80’s when the Washington Project for the Arts held a ‘Street Works’ exhibition featuring John Fekner, Fab Five Freddy and Lee Quinones.  Quickly sparking controversy and conversation these artists resemble a modern day Robin Hood.  Their art aspires the change the status quo, question the existing environment, and communicate with people about socially relevant issues.

French photographer and graffiti artist, JR, has plans to change the world through his art.  Self proclaimed ‘photograffeur’ (photographer and graffiti artist) and owner of the largest art gallery in the world, JR has worked in countless cities around the world.

One of his first projects, ‘Portrait of a Generation’, displayed enormous prints of thugs on the streets of luxury Paris neighborhoods.  His unsanctioned art became official when Paris City Hall covered it’s building in his portraits.  His next project ‘Face 2 Face’ took place in Israel.  It consisted of monumental size portraits of Palestinians and Israelis pasted on the separation fence along the Gaza Strip.

Much of his work focuses on juxtaposing two sides of a controversy and forces you to confront the issue.  Especially his most recent ‘Women are Heroes’ where his art calls attention to women in troubled regions and spans across several countries including Africa, China, Belgium, Brazil, India and Spain.

He is also the youngest recipient of TED’s Prize, which will allow him an opportunity to fulfill his wish to change the world.  Each year the TED organization awards 100,000 dollars to someone who is trying to make the world a better place.   He used this money to form ‘InsideOut’—a global art project.  Giving everyone the opportunity to share their portrait and a statement of what they stand for in the same giant style as his other projects.

JR’s universal art gives people who often live with less than nothing the chance to discover and create something that is a luxury for most of us.  As he states on his website, “Some elderly women become models for a day; some kids turn artists for a week.  In that Art scene, there is no stage to separate the actors from the spectators”

-Sara Freund

If there was ever a man who truly had a way with words, it was Oscar Wilde. Quick, witty, intelligent and sometimes cutting, he has been quoted countless times since his unfortunate death in Paris.

The latest news of this “Dublin playwright” was published the week of the 111th anniversary (Nov. 30, 2011) of his death. Fans will no longer be able to shower his gravestone with kisses. It has been a tradition for over a decade for fans to don his or her favorite shade of red or pink lipstick and (literally) kiss Wilde’s grave.

After its latest renovations, the layers of lipstick graffiti have been scrubbed clean and there is now a “glass enclosure to preclude future visitors from degrading the stone.” The tradition of kissing his grave began after a previous renovation had been done due to “decades of graffiti.” At the time, Wilde’s descendants were able to put somewhat of a stop to the graffiti by having the tombstone listed “a historical monument.”

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If you ever walk across the Quad (basically, if you ever go to class), you may have noticed some recently sprayed graffiti on the sidewalk. No, SU doesn’t have a vandalism problem. First Year Players, the student-run musical theatre organization here, has decided to use the space as free advertising for their spring musical, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.

Performances begin Thursday April 14 at 8 p.m. in the Goldstein Auditorium and continue until Saturday. Just to clarify, since there are about 5 locations on campus named Goldstein, this one is in Schine. Tickets are four dollars with an SU ID and seven dollars as general admission at the box office. #W-I-N-N-I-N-G

-Christina Sterbenz