Add to the list of things I am reconsidering (rapidly becoming obsessed with): graffiti.
A year ago, I would have called you insane if you had suggested putting this raucous art form in a domestic setting. But seriously, what's wrong with me? Why wouldn't I like it? It's aggressively DIY at its core. And plus, there's something fundamentally compulsive about painting on —embellishing— everything. Is graffiti a contemporary Rococo, a more recent manifestation of that same compulsive decorative impulse?
New York artist Kenny Scharf's Brazilian retreat is covered (and I mean covered, down to the chairs) in graffiti. Admittedly, graffiti in the home is a bizarre concept. While I appreciate his attempt, I have to say that I would do it differently. The fact that the house itself is without electricity and generally lacks in furnishings makes it feel a little too authentically crack shack for me:
This work, by Blek Le Rat (who was trained at the Ecole des Beaux Arts, interestingly enough) is, in contrast, a nice balance of grandeur and decrepitude: the architecture of the building, decrepitude due to age, classical nature of the graffiti figure, and then the underlying element of vandalism that comes as part of the graffiti territory:
Or how about this wallpaper given the graffiti treatment by Australian artist Rok 2? Definitely an innovative way to incorporate this into an interior, I love the way it looks like the wallpaper is chipping away to reveal a weirdly sinister graffiti-dimension beneath it:
I'm interested to know what other people think about this- Y / N to graffiti in a domestic setting? Gaudy mistake or brilliant exercise in contrasting elements?