Wow I’m really behind on my Tumblr post, forgive me.
ANYWAY….Last week I hit up the premiere of Outside In, a documentary that takes a look inside the “Art in the Streets” MOCA show. I thought the film was great visually and I left feeling happy about the small part I’ve played documenting JR’s work in LA (especially now that a lot of it has been covered up or transformed). The best part of the night was the Q&A with some of the artist from the film. Shepard Fairey was really eloquent and educated in his responses and I was impressed.
(this is my paraphrasing of the Q&A)
One audience members wanted to know where they draw the line between street art and gang tagging? The artists collectively agreed that there is no line, there can’t be a line. Many of them pointed out that it is a problem if you’re in a gang and it’s something you need to figure out, but people need ways to express themselves and that’s the real issue. They went on to say that instead of arresting people and obsessing over covering up graffiti the real solution is more funding towards arts education so that the younger generations can discover all kinds of ways to express themselves.
Being the daughter of an arts educator, that is a truth I can get behind.
The photo above is my friend Toks and Mr. Brainwash. It was my favorite of the evening. Click through to see more.