Monday, May 9, 2011

ARTICLE: Graffiti still has political bite, and it wants freedom for Ai Weiwei

Graffiti has been riding (and graffing) the glamorous coat-tails of commercial street culture with artists being commissioned to design and provide graphics for must have sneakers, tees, MP3 players, collectible toys and prints for rock star sums of money and world wide distribution.

Graffiti deserves the kudos, its come a long way: out from the unanimous shunned disapproval for its illegality and into the limelight by way of the interviews and book deals of fame, not to mention the fortune provided by rich enthusiastic collectors and aforementioned corporations looking for new designs to shlap on their shlocky everyman products for the grand continuation of maintaining consumerist states.

Its seems as though that grafitti has been domesticated, and is more of a house pet than the predator it once was, a viewpoint I've mentioned before (http://tiny.cc/8jsj6), but recently in China there has been a spate of political graffiti calling for the release of Ai Weiwei. It seems it must be annoying the right people in power because activists are being arrested for stenciling.

Ai Weiwei was arrested on April 3 for unexplained 'economic crimes'. The world not only noticed because of Ai Weiwei's status on the international arts platform, but also because at the time he had a major work on display, 'Sunflower Seeds', at the Turbine Hall of Tate Modern in the UK as a part of the The Unilever Series.

His arrest has sparked a petition headed by the directors of the Guggenheim, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Tate. I personally urge everyone to sign it: http://www.change.org/petitions/call-for-the-release-of-ai-weiwei.


14 comments:

VenomForMasses said...

In any revolution or uprising! best art form! Great article, keep it up.

rakoth said...

Very interesting, signed the petition.

BluRayBoy said...

I love graffiti, maybe because I only see it in movies and on the news. It seems so surreal.

Mr Taffy said...

Graffiti is indeed a powerful tool
it can change an opinion much better
than a propaganda poster.

Blogging Skater said...

signed the petition!

BigSkull said...

FREEDOM !

Ox Mann said...

Liked it. Signed it

allabout said...

keep up the good work!

ChaCha said...

Signed!

Jonathan Bradbury said...

graffiti just cost the state money, if you want to draw, use some paper, or your own wall

Sety said...

following!

Intraman said...

that sucks... political graffiti is a great subversive tool

Max Power said...

Signed.

How To's of Life said...

Great article, subscribing!