YUEI: Street Art

Friday, May 22, 2009

There have been a few recent submissions (1, 2, 3, 4) to the Uncommon Economic Indicators project highlighting economic-themed graffiti and street art. Marc Schiller and Sarah Schiller, founders of the Wooster Collective, a website dedicated to showcasing street art from around the world, discuss the role of public art (or is it vandalism?) is playing in the current economic climate. Are you seeing more street art/graffiti? What's your favorite piece of street art? Is there even such a thing as street art or is it all vandalism to you? Comment below!


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Comments [6]

Citizen Coya from East Village

Mr. Lehrer seem to find it beyond question that individual street art is illegal and that activists should accept their just penalty complacently. This society is no longer the 1960s-90s arrests-aren't-gonna-haunt-ya climate. Instead, an increasingly "security"-minded state keeps eternal records of one's criminal, financial and health "crimes", which can bar one from employment, housing, education, medical care, etc. Mr. Lehrer propounds a puritannical capitalism of acceptable political and artistic expression. Spider Fairey survived his arrests and is one of the very few who profited from his exploits. How many others have to live with the dire results of these arrests or worse, are languishing in the prison industrial complex because of the vagaries of the "justice" system?

May. 22 2009 12:31 PM
Hugh from Brookyn

To echo the caller whose son was suspended for 5 days: If the NYPD catches you laying down some art, good luck. You will be arrested. There was an artist (may still be around) who built a really great device, mounted on his bike, which would lay down a message -- in chalk -- on the sidewalk.

Chalk is not permanent, and therefore is not illegal. But he was arrested and his bike and equipment seized and disappeared. Last I heard of him, he was fighting the city in court to get his bike back.

May. 22 2009 11:56 AM
Tonky from brooklyn

Here's a street mural I created in response to the EPA's potential classification of the Gownaus Canal as a superfund site.

Yes, I received permission.

May. 22 2009 11:54 AM
Robert Morrisson

More so than street art with overt political messages represents an uncommon economic indicator, I feel traditional graffiti with no apparent socio-political message more represents current states. Kids "bombing" the streets with their names more in-line with raw destruction is richer, imho, than "creative" art school street art (stencils, wheat pasting, shadow outlining)

May. 22 2009 11:53 AM
Hugh from Brookyn

How much of this is inspired by the London stencil/graffiti artist Banksy?

May. 22 2009 11:51 AM
David Hume from Staten Island, NY


The skull on the cell phone? Is that about anti-cell phones. It is usually a stencil.


May. 22 2009 11:49 AM

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