Art has always been a topic of great debate as to what is a ‘masterpiece’ or what can be defined as being created by someone with talent. Is art, simply, in the eye of the beholder…the argument can go on and on. Now put the word ‘street’ in front of it, and does the discussion change? Now use ‘graffiti’, a common word that is usually used in a negative manner, and associated with a degenerative youth.
When does ‘street art’ become acceptable, appreciated or approved – and who makes these decisions. Whilst Croydon Council appear to be sanctioning certain hoardings to be used by street artists, other places of banal grey, showing the frayed historic flyers advertising club nights long gone are left, highlighting an area’s disengagement or decline.
A representative from a group of like minded artists have contact SNTB to help fight there corner by widening the debate. They are just a small example of talented individuals but there are lots more within our community that have a lot of diverse talent, and the desire to express themselves in a variety of ways. If it is adding vibrant colour and life to our community, and not causing any danger, should this be suppressed or encouraged?
The images above have been returned their original state – devoid of life and colour, whereas other ‘graffiti’ has been left and accepted. Why? Because it has been approved through a bureaucratic system? Is it about taste or simple control? Who are we to judge what is acceptable and what isn’t, even though the location of the art is of similar conditions but the difference is, the above doesn’t have ‘approval’.
SNTB have always encouraged anyone to make a positive ‘contribution’ to their society, and that ‘contribution’ should not be defined by bureaucrats or restricted by people’s reluctance to accept new ideas or measured by the past.
Always question, then question the answers, then question again.