In the summer of 2014 in Paris, I wandered through the city and began to notice drawings scratched on walls, graffiti lurking in corners, wall paintings in a funky nook, and fragments of murals on a crowded street. It made me look more closely at things — their shapes, colors, jumping from something close-up, to further away.
I guess I was just being attentive to a particularly quirky subject.
Here’s a palette of the graffiti, fragments and overlooked images that I noticed, then recorded. Some are political, sexual, violent even. It’s kind of a weird poetic undercurrent of my walks around Paris.
A CULTURAL NOTE:
In February 2015, Steppenwolf Theater Company produced the play This is Modern Art written by Kevin Covall and Idris Goodwin. Based on actual events that took place in 2010, the play follows a Chicago grafitti crew and dives into conversation about what we as a culture identify as art. Playwright Kevin Covall had this to say about grafitti’s place in our culture: “Graffiti operates at the level of metaphor for voices that exist at the margins of culture who have been deliberately excluded or erased from dominate discourse.”