After reading some posts about graffiti art as an art form or as defacement I started doing research on graffiti trends. By now after people such as Banksy, Shepard Fairy, and Miss Van had made graffiti (or in a larger term "street art") fashionable, we have come to a point were people simply see it as a trend. But, where has this trend of street art taken us and in what innovative ways does it continue to show up in a way that is still evolving with society? I searched and found the above video.
Many messages of street art have to do with how we as a society are desensitized towards issues such as war due to mainstream media or consumerism due to the bombarding advertisements that we see everyday, just to name a couple. The video above shows British artist Paul Curits. Curtis produces art that falls into a style of street-art called "reverse graffiti". His tools-- a power washer and copious amounts of detergent. His work sheds light on ideas of pollution and he hopes it will inspire people to think twice about the environment. My post is not really about Paul Curtis but more about artist intent. I must say though that I really do appreciate his method and his message.
Although yes his art is not necessarily putting substances onto a surface, he is still defacing public property. So I'm sure people can still make the argument that what he is doing is okay. Yet others will think that no matter what, it is defacement and it is wrong. After reading several posts from others on the topic of graffiti as an art form then having responses regarding the legality of defacement of public property, It made me wonder about this clip. I had said in response to one of the graffiti posts that intent is important when considering street-art because at one point ones intent to do good is overlooked because it is defacement. Many street-artists aren't trying to do anything but express themselves or issues that society needs to observe, in an area where the greater public can see these issues in their art.
I guess my final question is eco-art more acceptable? If the method of street-art has the added bonus of cleaning dirt walls or being more eco friendly is it okay? I understand that the laws are different in other countries and the view of street-art is sometimes more acceptable in some countries and less in others but it still is an interesting topic concerning the importance of artist intent in relation to the acceptance of the methods of presenting the art. I think very heavily on artists intent because I think that the visual aspects of a piece of art are just as important as the message and intent of the piece.