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But Is It Art? How The Council Get Graf Wrong.

In #rabble1, Politics, Print Edition by Redmonk1 Comment

Redmonk considers the anti-social way the council treats graffiti. Graffiti art is often lumped in with many aspects of youth culture as ‘anti-social’. As mindless vandalism bereft of any artistic qualities, perpetrated by cowardly hoodlums under the cover of darkness, a faceless counter to decency and the notion of property. It is dealt with by gray paint, powerwashers and policy that I would describe as more ‘anti-social’ than the menace … Read More

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Summer Street Art 2011

In #rabble1, Illustration, Print Edition by Freda Hughes1 Comment

Freda hughes has been archiving our city’s street art for donkies now. We asked her to select the five choicest cuts from the summers just gone. Street art and graffiti reveal a subculture beyond the organised structures of our society. The interplay between the artist and the city fascinates me, as does the artists’ acceptance of the transience and public ownership of their art. These pictures are just a small … Read More

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Lady Of The Plinth

In #rabble1, Print Edition by scratchdatitch5 Comments

Art prankster Scratch Dat Itch gives us the background to our page 3 golden girl. People ask why, we said why not. Every day for twelve weeks I crossed that bridge. I noticed after some time that there were two empty plinths awaiting the arrival of some art. I started to percolate the idea and then decided that there was only one piece of art that would work: The lady … Read More