Wednesday, March 7, 2012

SPUD

I took this photo a year and a half ago but it seems relevant today. Spud is about to open an exhibition show at a gallery in Toronto. It will be about censorship and graffiti culture. It should be entertaining - Spud is ubiquitous around Toronto with these examples being one of the boring and annoying works, but he also has many caricatures of the current Mayor who has been on an unbridled rampage against graffiti and graphic art.

signs, signs

16 comments:

RedPat said...

Very timely - I just read about the show in the paper this morning!

Andy said...

I always thought a spud was a potato.

Photo Cache said...

is spud an acronym for something?

SIGNS

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Sounds like interesting times up there ! Do you (or does Spud) distinguish between graffiti and graphic art? Obviously the mayor does not. (I'm not sure I know the difference, but I probably should.)

VioletSky said...

Sallie - you have no idea how interesting!!! (and frustrating)
I think the lines are being blurred between graffiti and graphic art. for me the difference is that graffiti is illegal, and I think that is the point for artists like Spud.

Lesley said...

I have seen his name around!
I'll have to look up this showing, it might be neat to see what else (besides his name) he came up with.

Luna Miranda said...

looks like the mayor needs to work harder.:p

Julie said...

So what do the initials 'DMC' stand for?

For mine, graffiti is tagging, with no artisitic endeavour. Wilful destruction. Street Art has an artisitc merit generally acknowledged.

VioletSky said...

I don't know what DMC stands for, but the two seem to often be together.

I admire the street art (even if I don't understand it) but tagging is a whole other issue.
And may I add that Street Art is unfortunately not acknowledged by Mayor Ford. But he lives in his own limited world.

Lindy MacDuff said...

Spud's work in this setting looks a bit more like vandalism. I don't really see anything too creative about writing his name over and over.

Ebie said...

I have to laugh at Andy's comment, yeah spud for potato!

I love wall murals as oppose to graffiti.

Carola said...

Intersting discussion. I love street art. For sure tagging graffiti is enoying.

Dianne said...

fight the power Spud!

Sreisaat said...

I love street art. We don't see/have a lot of them here.

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Halcyon said...

I've never seen it before. But I guess I try to ignore the graffiti.

EG CameraGirl said...

Should be interesting! I wonder if the mayor will attend.

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