The Ecuador Chronicles - 2011-31
Graffiti or Art;
Or Artistic Endeavour
Today we have a Chronicle from regular contributor David Sass. As usual, David has something different for us. The images below are really amazing. David has an eye for the interesting and unusual.
by David Sass
Graffiti or Art?
Almost everywhere in the world one encounters some type of Graffiti. Here in Ecuador, Graffiti is rampant throughout the country. The more populated the area, the more Graffiti. Of course, there is always the nasty, foul language & drawings. This is Trash - not Graffiti.
True Graffiti expresses the emotions of the person who draws. Feelings that may be
personal, social, or political. Now the question arises: Is it Graffiti or Art? What determines if a person is an artist? One painter says, “I am not a criminal, I am an artist!”
Here are some examples of Ecuadorian Graffiti in Quito. See what you think: Is it Graffiti or Art?
Well, I agree - this is a complex subject. There is a part of me that thinks of this as a violation of private property. But much of this may be on public property - but does that make a difference? There is another part of me that feels respect for artistic ability, a part of me that understands that maybe these artists do not have much opportunity to advance their abilities. So, this may be a way of "sticking it to the Man" - and an outlet for someone who feels trapped. I hope my clear thinking about this matter has confused everyone thoroughly.
Either way this is a fascinating Chronicle from David Sass.