Graffiti Near Me

Image always has an aspect of magic to it. And all graffiti and the street art of the world look to exploit that magic in the image to its utmost. It is really beguiling to see at times how a little slab of drab city space gets so enchantingly transformed by the present of one big graffiti at one of the walls. This is what graffiti artists work towards, too to juxtapose interpretation on a particular space, so that, as a viewer, we will get to imagine the existence of many different spaces that lie dormant inside a particular space. And it is only through our imagination that we can unlock those various spaces and emotions and what graffiti does is to evoke such emotions in us. From this perspective, graffiti should also be seen as one of the chief genres of contemporary figurative art today.

Sense of freedom

One of the important aspects of graffiti, which also somewhat sets it apart from the more mainstream genres of figurative art, is the sense of freedom associated with it. Since these arts are not primarily created for commercial reasons, graffiti often succeeds in presenting a fuller expression of the individuality of the artist. The artist is able to give free rein to his imagination. This is why graffiti will often portray rather strong expressions of the bold, the unruly, and the uncompromising. The angst of the urban existence also often gets reflected in the street art of graffiti. Many, in fact, choose to work in the medium of graffiti because it is free from the shackles and unwrit regulations of the commercial art market. The famous graffiti artist Banksy, for example, whose graffiti art adorns the countless walls of many different cities across the world and is a source of inspiration to many, never sells photographs of his street graffiti, or exhibits them in commercial art galleries. His art is there in the walls of the cities and Banksy believes that they can only make sense in that original habitat of theirs.

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Origin of graffiti

Graffiti is an entirely urban art. Originally graffiti was developed by street gangs looking to mark their territories in low-end urban settlements. Over the decades, graffiti has however moved a long way from there, and is increasingly seen today as a medium that provides the artist with an opportunity at unfettered expression ideas and statements expressed in a free and uninhibited manner. Graffiti therefore often reflects issues and concerns which are of immediate relevance to people and society. Due to this, many also see graffiti as an effective medium for propaganda, and something which gives voice to the emotions and desires of the common people and of day-to-day life. Due to these reasons, graffiti has often been recognised in line with anarchist emotions and has also been called "signals of disorder". However, graffiti is that and more than that at the same time. Although the highbrows of the art world would often try to dismiss graffiti as insignificant or mindless art, the truth is graffiti does succeed in a big way to reflect the emotions and desires of a vast urban population and also helps to nurture and enrich the imaginative faculties of people.