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April 19, 2011

Spray Paint, Sand, Culture, and a whole lot of Sun burn

by Liz Juarez

So P11 was to go to Venice Beach and graffiti on the legal art walls. This was the first semester that I saw so many use stencils. One of my favorites was the one made by Carlos Garcia. He took a couple of pictures of Glenn and turned them into stencils.

Very nice work.

A couple of things i noticed while reading all the 9a projects:

  1. this has nothing to do with you guys but just something i noticed with myself. I have gotten so used to going to all of your profile pages every week that i have practically memorized your profile pictures. When i opened Kristen Llama’s profile page, I found myself doing the peace sign with her even before the page had loaded.
  2. Another thing, people are starting to slip up on the naming of pictures. I saw a few projects whose pictures did not match up because the names that were assigned to the pictures were too generic. Remember to fix that before uploading
  3. while on the subject of pictures, lots of people did not edit their pictures. Many of the grades i gave could have been higher if only people had remembered to resize their pictures.
  4. Also, parking trouble. I know so many people had trouble with parking. For me, i got to read about how bad the traffic and the parking was in Venice about 5o times in one sitting. Complaint overload. I am maxed out.

I also got to go to Venice on Saturday and I loved it. The funny thing is, while I was reading through people’s projects, people kept referencing to Zevs whenever their graffiti art started to drip. I found it funny because, when i went to Venice, i went with all 9a people. Whenever their artwork started to drip i would laugh and say “that’s very Zevs” and several times they would look at me and ask what Zevs meant? Turns out 9a doesn’t have the privilege of knowing who Zevs is. Noobs 😛

Another thing, many times i would read about how people were afraid of covering up a “professional” graffiti artist’s work with their “amateur” stuff. To that I say, What Would Eva And Franco Do? This semester we have learned that art is constantly changing and evolving. You shouldn’t be intimidated by what has been done in the past. Just go and do. Do what you feel. And don’t feel like an amateur as you’re doing it. I promise you you will feel more like a graffiti artist than you ever thought you could feel.

So here are some of the really great projects:

Khaled Malik

“In this picture I realized something beautiful. This moment wasn’t about me. It wasn’t about the project. It wasn’t about the fact the spray can I was holding was empty and I was pretending to paint. No, it was about something more than that. If you look above my back, there is a tag that says Nacho loves Gina. To some it may not be a big deal but to me, it made my trip meaningful.
First of all I’d like to thank both Nacho and Gina. I’d like to thank Nacho for tagging that on the wall and I’d like to thank Gina for dating a dude named Nacho. That again is the reason my trip was more meaningful. Amidst all of the word chaos on the wall, someone wanted to let everyone know who they love. Even if it’s a petty scribble on a wall someone will probably tag over in a few hours, it was still there at one point. And for the that moment I captured it.”

Mike Berg

“The reason I chose the name Grub was that I though about the kind of artist that I want to be, and if I were a street artist what I would want to accomplish. I would want to be everywhere and consume the world with my work, so Grub just fit, also because it has most of the letters of my last name. I also threw up LBC and my zip just to rep it…I also thought back to BOMB IT! and remembered the French street artist Blek le Rat talking about the first art on walls being prehistoric cave paintings, and a caveman chewed up berries that made dye and put his hand against the wall and spit it against it, making a print of his hand. I decided to pay it a little homage…When reflecting on how graffiti fits into the world of art and how I fit into the world of graffiti, I reaffirmed my beliefs that graffiti is an art form that doesn’t need to be sanctioned publicly to thrive. There is also a difference between vandalism and art that isn’t clarified many times. That creates an appeal to it that may reach many creative people who would otherwise not reach their potential. I do enjoy graffiti, but it’s just a hobby for me. I’ll leave the stage clear for the artists naturally gifted in it, and stick to my passion which is film.”

Joseph Maurer

“When I heard we had to do this project, I started thinking about what I wanted to create. At first, I wanted to make something significant that sends out a message about  my life. I couldn’t really think of anything though and even if I did, I doubt I would have been able to express it through graffiti art. So instead, I just decided to grab a bunch of spray paint, empty my brain, and let my creative juices flow. The result? a badass dragon”

Yasmine San Pedro

“Overall the experience was so amazing. Even if I’m not good at tagging or drawing I really want to push to doing this as a hobby. Kristen and I both agreed that we wanted to do this on the side, practicing on canvas and cardboard until we got better. So that when we do return to the wall, we could actually make a piece of our own. Even if the experience was brief, I really won’t forget it. It’s one thing to see people’s pieces and take pictures of them. But it’s a whole different experience to just be actually doing it, and trying something new. Even if it’s already painted over, at least my piece was up there so that people could briefly see what I wanted to say and show.. “

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