Saturday, April 01, 2006
These are some rad stencils that I have photographed around Wellington. I like stencils because they represent planned art. Also, the artist has no financial incentive, so stencil art is not prey to "selling out".
These ones are some that I find amusing, or beautifully detailed, or politically relevant, or nostaligic. I'm sure you'll be able to match picture to description no trouble.
I wrote to the Wellington City Council to ask what their position on stencilling was. I observed that the Council appeared to have used stencil art to promote the "Spring Festival".
I am still awaiting a response, I think its been five months. They must be doing a legislative review.
There was a great exhibition/show at Happy where stencil artists created huge complex anatomically correct/ exaggerated / unlikely concepts and sprayed up a storm. I learnt that the way to spray for consistency is short, sweeping, strokes with a firm depressions of the nozzle. Unfortunately I hadn't my camera.
I am going to Melbourne tomorrow, I intend to snap up a storm of stencils over there, unless this cool art has all been washed off prior to the Commonwealth games. Apparently banksy called Melbourne a "Mecca for stencils" once.
I'll let you know whether its still true, tho perhaps with a little less authority than Banksy.
Posted by Helen at 4:31 PM