I have to write a speech on a subject I have studied - so I am revisiting Graffiti again.This is more of an inner city problem and far less common in the UK than, say America etc. I am digging through my old Access stuff (including my old PP on it) and this time, because I haven't got wonderful photos, I am going to rely on persuasive speech. Basically, I want to get across the benefits of community arts projects and the idea of livening up dull concrete.
I am involved with festival banner making in one of our local towns. I use bold colours and simple forms to convey passion and soul. Last academic year, I made a Hamlet artifact using very bright colours. It wasn't exactly Matisse's Blue Period, but it was eye-catching and has pride of place on my bedroom wall. I agree that some tags are not attractive, especially offensive ones - yet some of the most amazing artwork has been the traditional block/bubble font. I have mentioned Banksy and we have our own local Bot Man, who tends to sticker-bomb, rather than spray can his work.
Last year, I used this infamous image on my pp - I would love this as a poster. However, even if Banksy is very anti establishment, his artwork is now netting a lot of cash. An interesting concept for a left wing vandal-turned-artiste. Still love it :-)
I have just bought two pieces of his work and more can be seen on his website - http://www.botmanart.com/
Not sure how I am going to pull this off just yet. Right now, I have written 376 words with a further 424 - 624 words to find. Ah, the art of persuasive writing - PP's say so much more :-/
Have just found a page which shows public art - the Belfast Murals, that depict the history of the troubles for many generations. Fascinating stories and possibly the biggest place of public/political art.
607 words all told - a little slow, because I had to do additional research and and keep a running reference. I also took a break and has Mother's day tea/cake with my sister. it is shaping up nicely and I will do more tomorrow :-)