Cool Street Art

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I thought these painted LPs were pretty cool on 15th Street just south of Park Road.


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  • Awful. The idea of painting on records isn’t novel — it was around Richmond in 2001. This looks like elementary school art class, but probably made by boring/bored white gentrifies.

    It sounds snobby, but I am SICK of people thinking ‘street art’s popularity is an invitation to jump in. Thirteen year olds cut their teeth doing talentless graf but wise up quickly. The purpose of art is to benefit society, not the individual, which is why thirteen year olds don’t immediately see the folly in wasting everyone’s time w/ bs (and why straight up low-effort bombing graffiti is tired.) If you’re as old as I guarantee you these people are (“Revolution,” “Damn Hot?), their brains have found its groove and piddling w/ art isn’t going to launch them any further than realizing what they could know by taking a real look at the value of “street art” and where they stand in relation to it — which is on the outside observing/appreciating. This is just as bad as advertisements and shrill news punditry. Bad “street art” is going to delegitimize it faster than the vandalism aspect will. This is vandalism of public space and a medium’s credibility.

    Bloated gripe, but its true.

  • Ray, that’s how I feel about most live music: it exists mostly for the enjoyment of the “musician”, and listeners just get sucked in because we’re supposed to believe that live music is cool. I wish these people would “jam” in their own garages, and quit polluting my bars and street corners.

  • Ah, Monday. Everybody is cranky. But dang, those things are ugly.

  • Those records were done by youth in the neighborhood. The opposite of “boring/bored white gentrifies.” I am curious what your ideas are to inspire youth and provide programming for them after school. I wonder if you are worried about the “vandalism of this public space” because you fulfill your self described category “boring/bored gentrifies” so well.

  • My kid has ugly art too. I keep it on my fridge. (Jeez, I hope he doesn’t read this).

  • I guess my ideas are to help them do art but no encourage them to stick it up in the neighborhood.

    I’m used to write graffiti in the same neighborhood at that age, so my qualm isn’t with public art. It’s with adults urging kids to display this outdoors when two things are gonna happen — it’s blah quality is inevitably going to inspire someone to smash it/tear it off (whether its an annoyed delivery driver or a teenage peer who knows bad art when he sees it and rights the transgression), and finally the young artist is going to be embittered by seeing someone care so little for something they put effort into.

    Give kids the space and freedom to create, and when they’ve honed their ability to actually make something that reflects their life/neighborhood and resonates (and will get respect and appreciation), then they can put it out there.

    These kids are gonna be bummed when someone smashes their shit. They’d be just as satisfied seeing it on the after-school /community center hallways, or in their bedroom.

    Young kids who start writing graffiti on their own, get so pissed when they really garbage shit gets written over. They get embittered and nasty until they really develop and learn that they were just being replaced with something that belonged and had more right to be there. That is, unless they’ve got someone showing them the ropes who will subvert all that anger with a little enlightening mentorship. These kids have mentors, but not getting too hot of direction. I don’t know business, but I wouldn’t try to coach kids in it then coach them through the frustration when my teaching resulted in misspent effort.

    Good art stays because it belongs, but bad art thrown in your face is visual pollution and an affront so it wont be long before someone removes it, and the kids will take it personally. If what follows is some “hey, people are just jerks, you gotta learn to deal with it” conversation, they’ll just understand even less why their work and effort was “disrespected” by their community.

    They’re kids, its not a big deal, yeah. As someone who does mess with and like ‘free-enterprising’ public art, this blows. The reason its illegal to just whip out an instrument and start playing in public in so many cities, is because bad musicians just create annoyance and pollute the social atmosphere. Its not question of taste, just everything having its time and place.

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