Photo credit: Unknown, but thanks for letting me bootleg this anyway.
I've never been keen to painting on canvas. There's not quite as much of a thrill to it. I've always preferred random objects, furniture, blocks, old windows, etc. and I think that is why I've taken a liking to graffiti. I guess it goes in the category with my love of fireworks as things that are generally frowned upon by law-abiding citizens.
The word, "graffiti" has such a negative buzz to it, so I must clarify that I'm not applauding those who tag their names on store-fronts with "rude decoration," but I suppose I mean to say that I appreciate finding art in places that it doesn't normally belong. Street art. Wall art.
It can be beautiful, unexpected and a clever surprise.
I love the ephemeral quality to painting on walls, it's permanent and not so permanent nature. It may stay there forever, or, it may be painted over by someone else. That seems to be the risk an artist takes when creating their piece.
I found these pieces on a trip to Los Angeles, specifically on Melrose Blvd, in Santa Monica and in Venice. All proved to be wonderful places to discover murals/stencils in random places.
One of my favorite graffiti artists is BLU and I love following his projects. Take a look at this amazing collaborative animation, it blows my mind.
-Jessie, Santa Fe, NM