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...does it then become Street Art, rather than Graffiti ?

A new initiative by Dublin City Council whereby they 'allowed' a selection of street artists do their thing on an alleyway, then put the question to the public as to whether this sort of thing should be encouraged, curated, overseen or condemned.
I'd have been a whole lot more welcoming towards the initiative if I'd seen or heard anything about it in the media or any public forum, rather than hearing about it in a chat with one of the artists involved.
Further, given that the alley is not exactly in a busy or particularly safe area I can't help but feel it's a token gesture.
Perhaps I'm being too cynical...


Anyway, here's a selection of the work produced.

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D90 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 G VR
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:13 Nov 2012 - 1:34 PM
Focal Length:18mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/3.5
Aperture:f/3.5
Shutter Speed:1/50sec
Exposure Comp:+1/3
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Program AE
Metering Mode:Center-weighted average
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:Auto
Title:If it's officially approved...
Username:BarryC123 BarryC123
Uploaded:15 Nov 2012 - 1:15 AM
Tags:Dublin, Graffiti, Photo journalism
Votes:15
Variant - ReportVariant - Report

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EyesFront
EyesFront  2 United Kingdom
15 Nov 2012 - 1:58 AM

A good collection piece. Looks like a selection of different artist levels also, giving them scope to practice, although the breeze block walls aren't the best texture for it.

You're probably right in that the street artists are just being pandered to. If it was Banksy's then they may have given it more prominence.

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RysiekJan
RysiekJan e2 Member 8149 forum postsRysiekJan vcard United Kingdom
15 Nov 2012 - 5:01 AM

Interesting selection.

Richard

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7435 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1024 Constructive Critique Points
15 Nov 2012 - 9:18 AM

Interesting to see. Tyneside has several such locations, in the past they have produced some seriously good work, original and intelligent. Increasingly they are being dominated by tagging, which is what you see in most of these. There are couple of exceptions - V7 is stunning - but mostly you have lazy egos asserting themselves with their personal logos. This sort of project does need some degree of leadership and co-ordination, to encourage the more creative artists.
Moira

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woolybill1
woolybill1 e2 Member 7woolybill1 vcard United Kingdom65 Constructive Critique Points
15 Nov 2012 - 9:29 AM

An interesting collection, Barry. I think you have arranged them well, moving through the set from the general to the specific.
For the record, Versions 8 to 10 strike me as the most 'artistic', with V5 close behind: it's the one with the most interference from the breeze blocks, which is probably why most street artists refrain from using large blocks of white. 3-4, 6-7 are examples of colour schemes that brighten up the blanks but don't (for me) go much further.
I do appreciate that you're not making a photographic point here, of course, but it's an excellent piece of reportage.
I do not think you're being cynical, either. What strikes me is that as soon as the Council needs to save a few more euros this will be the first 'initiative' that goes, leaving the initiative to the mere taggers once more . . . .
Regards
Bill

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SlowSong
SlowSong e2 Member 64439 forum postsSlowSong vcard England29 Constructive Critique Points
15 Nov 2012 - 10:11 AM

The Brick Lane area in London is covered in this type of wall art. I love it - some of it's very clever indeed. It brightens the place up and it's not the sort of grafitti that's intimidating. Good set.
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mikbee
mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
15 Nov 2012 - 1:32 PM

I really don't mind this sort of ''artwork'' Barry.
It is some stuff in Edinburgh that is covered
in foul language I object too !!
A colourful set.
Mick.

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imagesbybrian
15 Nov 2012 - 11:44 PM

great set.. love No5!! The Typography grafitti is all fine and Pretty neat but its too busy for Most passer-bys.. i find the simpler ones give a greater message whithout having to stop and try take it all in, but its a canvas to cover up some pretty grim looking run down concrete areas by some very talented and dedicated artists ( not the hoolies with a spray can ones tho ) Grin
Brian

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morpheus1955
morpheus1955 e2 Member 7morpheus1955 vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
16 Nov 2012 - 2:05 PM

Brilliant set of images, V5 has to be my favorite. I see no reason why this form of art cannot be done and displayed, under supervision and in appropriate areas Smile

Hugh

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jasonrwl
jasonrwl e2 Member 4124 forum postsjasonrwl vcard United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
18 Nov 2012 - 8:23 AM

v1 for the composition Barry which is excellent, v5 for the art.
Jason

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bliba
bliba  8 Austria2 Constructive Critique Points
18 Nov 2012 - 9:11 AM

a super set..thanks 4 the UA Wink

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