Monday, April 03, 2006
Last Thursday, an uber cool collaborative exhibit opened up at New York's Bronfman Center Gallery: Beyond Graffiti, Fresh Visions from Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and New York City.
I wrote about it which led to the fortunate circumstance of interviewing some of the artists.
I spoke with Rami Meiri whose colorful depictions of Israeli life brighten up public spaces throughout the country; He is the father of Israel's public art/mural scene.
And with Nir Aharon, a promising young graphic designer/artist whose first foray into the graffiti world was spray painting his Beersheva high school in protest of teachers and the school itself.
"There was a police investigation and everything but we didn't get caught. It was in the local paper, though, so we got artistic exposure"...
And with Dan "Mobius" Sieradski, a New York transplant who d.j.'s, runs a non-profit, blogs, organizes Palestinian-Israeli hip-hop events and creates graffiti. Dan is into street art rather than the gallery type because he says it puts the art where it should be: back into the hands of the people.
Graffiti has come a long ways, my friends. Tagging with a can's one thing; Some of these artists use wood, metal, canvass, oil & graphics.
Follow the links and pretend you've gone gallery hopping for the day...