graffito

2010

Graffiti rides a thin line between art and vandalism. Its validity as an art form is called into question by the fact that many people see it as a nuisance, regardless of its form or content, and because it is seen as defacement of what is otherwise clean property. By selectively cleaning the dirt from a public courtyard in Asheville, North Carolina, an area already considered to be “clean property,” graffiti was created by contrasting the concrete that is perceived as being clean against concrete that was freshly cleaned with a pressure washer. In theory the project questions this cleanliness, and the aesthetic additions or subtractions in a given area due to graffiti. In actuality the voluntary cleaning of a public space was provided as a service to the city, a service that simultaneously fit into the public view of vandalism, for the purpose of investigating the various reactions to, and implications of, service work and guerilla art practices. The project was created for a public art conference entitled Public Art 360, in Asheville, North Carolina during October of 2010.

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