Tuesday, February 07, 2006
Beauty in Everything
When I was in grad school, I had to take a history of contemporary art class, and we had to write a paper and give a presentation for our major project. Well, my paper and presentation consisted of my trying to justify graffiti as a form of fine art. The teacher loved it... said it was an interesting read. While I don't particularly like ALL graffiti, I think some of it is very interesting, and in many cases actually makes some surfaces more compelling to look at than if it was never there at all. Sometimes the scrawlings make a statement, political or social, sometimes they're just pretty. The ones I am most drawn to are the ones where I wonder about the state of mind of the person who made them, and what their motivations might have been. Where one person sees a blank wall with cracking, chipped paint, someone else sees a face. That, to me, is fascinating.