Wednesday, February 3, 2010

The Subconscious Art of Occasional Blogging

Can no longer remember who pulled my coat to this eight odd years ago so I'm unsure who to thank, but to me this is an absolute classic. It's a spare, quirky, beautifully shot and paced 15 minute documentary about, true to title, the unintentional art that has arisen from the act of painting over graffiti. Matt McCormick, the film's writer and director, saw Rothkos in the paint blotches used to buff the stylized public signatures on the streets of Portland and by the end of the film you will too. It's a quick primer on a particular approach to modern art and could very well affect the way you look at the everyday ephemera clotting your neighborhood, wherever that may be. Tragically, there is another form of graffiti removal now popular on the other side of Brooklyn, shown below, once again proving that by the end of his administration, (assuming he ever leaves office) the tandem of Rudy Giuliani and Mike Bloomberg will have succeeded in killing everything fun and interesting in this city, conscious or not.

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