Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Street art

Graffitis have always played a big role in Argentina. Started as political movements, they quickly expanded to become street art. The majority of graffitis seen in Buenos Aires are using the stencil technique (Stencil graffiti makes use of a paper or cardboard media to carve out an image or text, and later, paint is sprayed through the holes onto a surface below. Stencils can be quickly taped to a wall and sprayed so the artist can avoid prosecution.) One day I was walking in a quiet st. near the Congress, and that wall caught my attention. So many graffitis that you can't miss them. Les graffitis ont de toujours joue un role important en Argentine. Cela a commence en tant que mouvement politique, par la suite, les graffitis se sont rapidement etendus a devenir un art de rue. La plupart des graffitis que l'on peut voir a Buenos Aires utilisent la technique "stencil" ou encore appele pochoir en Francais. Il s'agit d'utiliser un papier ou carton pour y decouper une image ou du texte. Plus tard, appose sur une surface, on y pulverise de la peinture, par les trous. La technique pochoir peut tres vite etre apposee sur un mur et y appliquer la peinture afin que l'artiste ne puisse pas etre poursuivit. Un jour, alors que je passais dans une rue plutot tranquille, pres du Congres, ce mur a attire mon attention. Il y avait tant de graffitis qu'il etait impossible de les eviter.


Blogger Maya said...

Nice...I like artistic grafities...not the ridiculous whatever expressions some 'kids' sometimes trying to convey...

2/15/2006 03:46:00 AM

Blogger Lisi said...

I like graffitis too, I once considered covering a bare wall with graffitis but these artists were nowhere to be found....nice shot

2/15/2006 04:02:00 AM

Blogger Rob said...

Hi karine,

graffiti is everywhere here too. The council tries to assign special areas for graffiti artists to paint but it doesn't work because the purpose of graffiti is to paint areas that shouldn't be painted.

2/15/2006 07:47:00 AM

Blogger Karine said...

Thanks you all- I do like them a lot. It is another way of expressing art. I don't mind them "painting" walls, as far as the artists don't start touching historical monuments. Here during the economic crisis in 2001, some beautiful historic places have been painted with graffitis. And this is the worse, too bad since the city left the monuments in the same state, even today, 5 years later :(

2/15/2006 01:27:00 PM

Blogger Eric said...

I love this shot Karine. The fact that there is someone passing by adds a lot to it.

2/16/2006 06:01:00 AM

Blogger Karine said...

Thanks Eric for your warm comment :)

2/16/2006 07:16:00 PM


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