Well my plans to see Landed in Palmerston North were foiled today by a sick kidlet. We might still go tomorrow but I can’t really be bothered with State HW 1 holiday traffic on the way back and that show finished today anyway.
I was thinking about last week being Youth week and Hoodie day on Friday. Yes I did wear a hoodie but it was not the official murky grey one that made me look like a walrus. I don’t think that a whole lot of old people wearing the hoodies really helps anything except the ‘youth’ probably get a good laugh, however I still stand by the message “its what’s under the hood that counts”. Actually in one of out little local free newspapers they had a pretty good couple of photos on the front page. One of a ‘scary looking’ person with hood obscuring their face and the other of the same person with the hood flipped off, revealing our Mayor. Of course any message was totally destroyed by that idiot Dale Evans wearing his KKK hood. To protest against discrimination? NO – protesting the water quality – doh!
And so to art – well I’ve just watched episode 3 of New Artlandwhen Judy Millar and a bunch of Henderson High School students create some art. Which I have to say, considering the students initial reaction, was pretty good. Millar’s exasperation “doesn’t anyone care about art anymore – these are Art students!!” was telling. But for me (and I guess it was edited that way) the highlight was the very talented kid Dion, who was from Henderson High but not an art student “Why not? – They wouldn’t let me in”. He is the ‘youth’ I was talking about that wasn’t evident in the RAY exhibition “maybe taggers and/or bombers don’t take high school art“. Anyway he contributed a great deal and you could see he got something out of it. Also a nice scene with his parents proudly looking on the finished work. I couldn’t find a pic of the painting (#3) which is now in the Henderson Rec Centre (I think)
I am slowly gathering research on ‘street art’, graffiti and tagging as legitimate art and/or expression and the role of ‘legals’ (eg do they help or hinder with graffiti “problems”) for another proposal I am working on so drop us a line via contact me page or in the comments if you know of anything.
Anyhow I found this Wellington Cityscape the other day – done on a piece of plywood nailed to a pallet and am kicking myself for not buying