What would you expect to be behind this door? Hundreds of people were pouring towards it.
Curiosity had to know
It proved to be a weekend exhibition at an Arts and Events Complex known as SWG3. Which has been created in an old industrial area of Glasgow, alongside the railway arches.
And this is what it was about:
Street Art and Graffiti.
Glasgows 3rd Annual International Exhibition
Graffiti on an overwhelming scale.
Cherry pickers provided to reach it! Factory walls and hoardings painted black as a base. And Artists from all over the world. Just look at this list.
Apparently known and famous names who were drawing in the crowds.
Did you know this branch of the art world existed on this scale?
I didnt. Knew of graffiti as vandalism, gang territory marking and protest. But hadn’t got much past a general hatred of the spray paint generation.
Did know though that Pompeii, and Maes Howe archeological sites had their own graffitti. An art form with a long human history! Knew too that some of the Lascaux cave paintings were actually spray painted..by mouth. And I have certainly been beguiled by Banksy.
I had not realised though that its image has changed and today Graffiti is a recognised section of the Arts. New to me that there were competitions, exhibitions, different genres and world renowned valued artists whose work people would pay £5 to see! Turning up in here in Glasgow in their thousands over two days!
A whole new world suddenly opened up. Skill! All done with just a spray can!
Talked to some of the artists about the techniques. Mostly depends on button pressure, distance away and speed of movement.
Apparently in the particular genre this exhibition focussed on the key aim was to produce 3D effects. And they certainly had….
How do you do this with just cans of spray paint? Watching the detail and depth emerge as they worked was seriously inspiring. This one was 20ft high!
The blue day helped, but the buzz of the crowds was magical. Children with parents, teens, and clearly aficionados and critics discussing works intensely.
Loved it! Felt so lucky to be discovering and enjoying something new in my 84th year.
Chatted to the charming Events Manager for SWG3 who is known by all as ‘Gaz.
And of course got on to my favourite topic, ‘Rebranding”. In his case, Graffiti, in my case “ Old Age”.
Then it happened. Mutual inspiration.
Lets have a “Graffiti for Grannies” type event. Inter generational perhaps? A double rebranding……
Might well be the perfect Event for launching our new campaign to change the stereotype of Later Years. (Watch this space for that. Coming soon)
“OLD AGE – The NEW VERSION for Today’s World”
Going with Grandad to his Graffiti Class?
Oh yes! I think this newish art form is great to engage the senses, and your idea Joyce, is fabulous!
what a huge disappointment! i absolutely love both graffiti and wall art, and was just about to click the “buy” button for a train journey to glasgow ~ when i spotted that it was all done and dusted and i’d missed it. shame!
both of these wonderful art forms are also political options for people who don’t have the ear of the powers-that-be ~ to publicise grievances and opinions or simply to get their art on public view. so maybe the idea of us all taking to the streets and daubing walls with anti-ageist “propaganda” is one we should take seriously.
jemima woz ‘ere!