A retrospective of the last five and a half years.
|FIELD NOTES:||In April, 2011, I took over the Vandalist column from retired street artist Posterchild. Every Friday since, I have featured a piece of local street art, from quick tags to organized alley takeovers. There have been: stunning pieces that ooze with talent, beautifully simple pieces, urban interventions, public awareness messages, activism, memorials, interactive pieces, unsolved mysteries, and so very many puns. But five-and-a-half years is a long time to write about graffiti. Even though I am consistently impressed and challenged by the graffiti I see, I think I’ve said all I need to about the art form. This will be my last Vandalist column. I’ve taken the opportunity to create a retrospective of my favourite posts.
I love the reappropriation of utilitarian objects, especially the ones that are borderline obsolete. ДCM did a beautiful job transforming this phone booth and, just maybe, inspired Drake’s Hotline Bling.
This piece is so odd and random that it had to make it into my list of favourites.
I am so proud of the incredible talent in this city, as well as the people who go out of their way to discover the many gems graffiti has to offer. Thanks, everyone, for the art, the documentation, the encouragement, and the discourse! I may not be writing about graffiti anymore but I’ll never stop appreciating it.