Emerging from the human psyche and showing characteristics of abstract expressionism, minimalism and Russian constructivism, graffiti removal has secured its place in the history of modern art while being created by artists who are unconscious of their artistic achievements. It is no coincidence that funding for “anti-graffiti” campaigns often outweighs funding for the arts. Graffiti removal has subverted the common obstacles blocking creative expression and become one of the more intriguing and important art movements of our time.
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I'm so excited to see this again. I recall seeing this screened at Rezfest in San Francisco many years ago. It's incredibly engaging and quite funny in the ernest delivery. It feels like a mocumentry at times but honestly, is it? Watch a relive the critical theory discussions of yesterday!
When I first saw the title of this film I was highly skeptical. How on earth could something like graffiti removal be considered art? Well, how wrong I was! The accidental parallels to legit modern art, as well as the ways of classifying graffiti removal is actually quite interesting. It's only a few moments of your time, and you'll never look at those grey squares on the sides of buildings quite the same way again!
I just enjoyed "The Subconscious Art of Graffiti Removal" on Fandor and I think you'll tolerate it.
As a longtime admirer of buff patches, I enjoyed this both as a serious examination of the specific phenomenon, worthy of artistic attention, and as a slightly less convincing but still provocative presentation of the whole idea of "subconscious art". I only which it had taken itself a bit more seriously and put a little more life and genuineness in to the probably intentionally self-parodying voiceover. No matter; this film is still pretty much the secret key to appreciation of the urban environment.
Not entirely convinced of the artistic value of graffiti removal, but it was thought provoking.