"If someone has gone off the rails, they have lost track of reality. To start behaving strangely or in a way that is not acceptable to society.
"From the derailment of a locomotive."
Wherever you go, there is something synonymous with graffiti and the railroad. Those rather neglected industrialised spaces. And just as nature quickly reclaims them, so too are humans pulled to put their stamp of ownership on them also.
With admiration of this innate bold and expressive form of art I was quick to take up the challenge posed by this year’s Art Walk theme and set about seeking examples of this juxtaposition. This Art Off the Rails.
For me I do not see it as necessarily vandalism or something negative per se. For sure there is lots of tagging and negative language connected with it, but also there is lots of really awesome artwork that is truly inspiring and that provokes dialogue. Street art breaks the bounds of what is so called 'acceptable' which in many cases falls into a very narrow box of appropriateness and conservatism. That it (art) has to happen or be displayed in certain sanctioned places. That only certain folks can be ‘artists’.
Of course none of this is actually true. The art I prefer pushes the boundaries. Makes you feel uncomfortable even. I like to witness art in public and unexpected spaces. And I like my art to be transitory. That it is never permanent. For again, there is some kind of nicety that kind of misses the point of artistic expression to me. That sense of expressing a moment, an idea.
And so it always delights me to see this display of rebellion, this burst of colour, shape and texture in an otherwise sea of muted shades.
In the end I did not get to use my findings in the way I had hoped. Maybe next time... All the same and maybe just the slightest because of this, I am sharing a selection of my favourites here in my own corner of the ether'verse.
The topic of graffiti brings up a bunch of debate and conflict of opinion surrounding its appearance and culture. How do you feel about this free form of expression? Good, bad? Not art? An eye sore or visual delight? Vandalism or a reclamation of public spaces?
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