Sunday, February 24, 2008

“BEYOND THE AEROSOL” Urban graphics

David Hall 2005

David Hall 2005
David Hall 2006

Graffiti research lab

Banksy Palestien


There are various forms of graffiti. One of the simplest forms is that of individual markings such as slogans, slurs, or political statements. Examples of this type of graffiti commonly are found in bathrooms or on exterior surfaces, and this graffiti is usually handwritten. Another simple form is that of the tag which is a fancy, scribble-like writing of one's name or nick-name. That is, tag signifies one's name or nick-name.

For example, wild style changes with each artist's interpretation of the alphabet, but it also relies on the use of primary colors, fading, foreground and background, and the like to create these letters. Thus, it is important and valuable to characterize some forms of graffiti as art because this challenges people, who are conditioned to accept art works as art only if they are created in a traditional manner and appear in institutional setting, to appreciate art works that originate and develop outside of these constraints. In doing so, people come to realize graffiti is not an art form that is done just for the sake of rebellious destruction. Quite the opposite, it is an innovative and truly original art form that is meant to bring an aesthetic pleasure to the audience like any other recognized art form.

In some sense you could say that Tags and graffiti are the antithesis of corporate graphics, and their traps of marketing and logistics. So graffing is a raw and base form of urban graphics and identity.


Step One
CONCEPT-( 5 weeks duration )
Develop your concept with a view to its stylistic and visual qualities as well as how this work will be disseminated.

Step Two
DIGITAL-( 5 weeks duration )
Digitize and develop your tags/ concepts through 3D, Photoshop and illustrator.

Step Three
Find a location (a building that is to be demolished etc) and Draw, Spray, Paint or sculpt your Graff on the surface of the structure.

Important note.
Final presentation will require photographs and movies of final publication