Since davisbrotherlylove started doing his photo and painting graffiti series, I’ve been on the lookout for it. NYC has cleaned up quite a bit, but sometimes it just pops up at me (usually when I’m on a bus or train or very crowded street so I can’t get a photo).
Yesterday I went down to Chelsea to look at some shows I’ve been wanting to see (more about that later). This graffiti fence was in front of a parking lot between 10th Avenue and the West Side Highway.
A close up reveals just how interesting the structure is.
And one side had words on the curb; I should have written the whole statement down, but I didn’t think about it until later.
Still, the fragments I photographed are suggestive.
The shadows of the fence on the sidewalk were beautiful too.
Then I spotted some graffiti across the street on the side of a clearly gentrified building on 10th Avenue. Nina and I both lived in Chelsea in the 70’s (me only briefly), and it’s a different universe today.
This last very busy and beautiful example of street art on a wall and doorway was on what might have been a club on a block with many galleries, so I’m not sure if it was intentionally created for the owners. But it doesn’t matter. It certainly appeared organically in some fashion.
“Amber is the color of our energy”–love that.
As to the art I saw in the galleries, I’ll try to discuss specific work and artists in future posts. But the most important observation I made is this: 75% of what is shown is mediocre, some of it embarrassingly bad in fact. If you are reading this, yes, if you had the right connections or promotion, your art could hang proudly in these galleries too. So take heart and keep creating!