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Up against the wall [Mar. 6th, 2011|08:25 pm]
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These were taken last week while I was in Toronto. Things have changed since I was there last year, which makes me feel less guilty about featuring Toronto’s Graffiti Alley aka Rush Lane once again. In fact the art changes often – it’s refreshed once a year in the form of a giant graffiti jam, which attract some of the best graffiti artists around. The taggers subsequently add their own touches, of course, so this is a continually evolving body of work.

There have already been extended discussions here on the worth of this stuff, so I won’t elaborate. Whether you consider it an urban blight or an exciting free art exhibit is up to you.

But I will put a plug in for watching the terrific Banksy film Exit though the Gift Shop. This Oscar-nominated documentary is both a great primer on the graffiti–as-art world and a riddle that will have you talking about it for days. Highly recommended.

In any event, more – much more – behind the cut.

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[User Picture]From: baritonejeff
2011-03-07 02:23 am (UTC)
Fascinating. Striking. Powerful. Beautiful.

Thank you.
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[User Picture]From: ruralrob
2011-03-07 02:27 am (UTC)
You're welcome.
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[User Picture]From: artkouros
2011-03-07 02:43 am (UTC)
So now I need to know - what's the blue can on the right for?
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[User Picture]From: kishenehn
2011-03-07 02:46 am (UTC)
Kittens, probably.
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[User Picture]From: ruralrob
2011-03-07 03:34 am (UTC)
Just one of life's little mysteries.
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[User Picture]From: kishenehn
2011-03-07 02:46 am (UTC)
Great stuff! If only more graffiti artists actually had that sort of talent ...
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[User Picture]From: ruralrob
2011-03-07 03:34 am (UTC)
Good point.
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[User Picture]From: mrdreamjeans
2011-03-07 04:10 am (UTC)
So much that is wonderful in these photos! I used to dismiss graffiti. My feelings about is began to change in 1991 when I was in East Germany soon after the wall came down. There was a stretch of the wall that was covered in immensely inspiring and heart rending political graffiti. I've never felt the same way about it ever since.

Thanks for posting the photos! I'm particularly drawn to the seventh!

HUGS!
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[User Picture]From: latestarter
2011-03-07 10:44 am (UTC)
I took a few shots of the graffiti on the "East Side Gallery" in Berlin - definitely memorable.

Flood
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[User Picture]From: ruralrob
2011-03-07 02:17 pm (UTC)
Wow. Very nice.
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[User Picture]From: ruralrob
2011-03-07 02:18 pm (UTC)
Glad you liked them Neil. And congrats on the house purchase.
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[User Picture]From: mrdreamjeans
2011-03-08 01:42 am (UTC)
*beaming* Thanks!

HUGS!
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[User Picture]From: abendstille
2011-03-07 08:15 am (UTC)
great stuff! thanks for sharing!
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[User Picture]From: ruralrob
2011-03-07 02:17 pm (UTC)
You're very welcome!
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[User Picture]From: brendamom
2011-03-07 02:35 pm (UTC)
Incredible collection of graffiti. It interests me that it is so fragmented into words and random thoughts and bits of comments. Perhaps this is the art form of modern times.
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[User Picture]From: ruralrob
2011-03-07 04:36 pm (UTC)
Glad you liked it.
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[User Picture]From: beachin
2011-03-07 03:19 pm (UTC)
I like your composition on the second pic. Some of this stuff completely blows my mind. It does every time.
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[User Picture]From: ruralrob
2011-03-07 04:36 pm (UTC)
Glad you liked it.
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[User Picture]From: felixchaser
2011-03-07 03:45 pm (UTC)

Art???

I don´t like graffiti!! Here in Mexico people copy this behavior from overseas and disgusted me.

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[User Picture]From: ruralrob
2011-03-07 04:36 pm (UTC)

Re: Art???

Oh dear. Can't please everybody.
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[User Picture]From: geometrician
2011-03-07 04:58 pm (UTC)
I love quality graffiti art. Thanks for sharing these!
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[User Picture]From: ruralrob
2011-03-07 05:10 pm (UTC)
You're very welcome.
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[User Picture]From: mikiedoggie
2011-03-07 07:47 pm (UTC)
I love public art! These are great photos. Lots of vibrant color, great sense of the urban setting.
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[User Picture]From: ruralrob
2011-03-07 11:21 pm (UTC)
Glad you liked them, Mikie.
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[User Picture]From: rowanda380
2011-03-07 10:59 pm (UTC)

random commenter

love it love it love it, thanks fro sharing!
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[User Picture]From: ruralrob
2011-03-07 11:21 pm (UTC)

Re: random commenter

You're very welcome.
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[User Picture]From: ruralrob
2011-03-21 03:34 pm (UTC)
Tis indeed.
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[User Picture]From: katduza
2011-03-30 08:37 pm (UTC)
Heya Rob

Havnt seen you in LJ for a while, miss your photos :)
Hope you are well and busy.
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[User Picture]From: ruralrob
2011-03-31 02:28 am (UTC)
Yep, I'm fine, thanks. Just concentrating more on my other blog, which is here: http://positivelite.com/content/blog/contributors/green-acres
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[User Picture]From: katduza
2011-03-31 06:56 am (UTC)
Awesom :)

I look forward to catching up with you!
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[User Picture]From: cazmanian_minx
2011-04-12 10:04 am (UTC)
Glad you're OK, I was thinking about you today because 100+ very fit young men in wetsuits are about to descend on Thurso for the O'Neill Cold Water Classic :o)
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[User Picture]From: toddpage
2011-04-22 09:06 pm (UTC)
sooooooooooooooooooo
ummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

hi!
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[User Picture]From: Sean Patrick
2011-04-28 02:42 am (UTC)

Miissing

I sure do miss this blog.
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[User Picture]From: ruralrob
2011-05-04 04:51 pm (UTC)

Re: Miissing

Thanks. I'm busy on other platforms. Twitter @ruraltweeter and PostiveLite.com here: http://positivelite.com/content/blog/contributors/green-acres

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[User Picture]From: jecono
2011-04-30 11:39 pm (UTC)
Oh boy am I glad you're okay! *hugs* I was a little worried after realising that I haven't seen you around here for a while - even though I am not reading every day. Let alone writing... I hope all is well with you and Meirion and the pups!
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[User Picture]From: ruralrob
2011-05-04 04:53 pm (UTC)
Yes thanks Jessica. We're all fine here.. I'm busy on other platforms. Twitter @ruraltweeter and PostiveLite.com here: http://positivelite.com/content/blog/contributors/green-acres


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[User Picture]From: echoardi
2011-05-01 09:49 pm (UTC)
are you okay? where have you been?
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[User Picture]From: ruralrob
2011-05-04 04:53 pm (UTC)
We're all fine here. I'm busy on other platforms. Twitter @ruraltweeter and PostiveLite.com here: http://positivelite.com/content/blog/contributors/green-acres



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[User Picture]From: adrianaendless
2011-05-03 06:10 pm (UTC)
Some of them are absolutely amazing! Thanks for sharing!
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[User Picture]From: ruralrob
2011-05-04 04:54 pm (UTC)
You're welcome.
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[User Picture]From: etantvert
2011-05-12 05:10 am (UTC)
I know you're on Twitter (which I don't really use) and have another blog (which I do read on occasion), but I sure do miss your beautiful image laden entries here. =)

Edited at 2011-05-12 05:13 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: ruralrob
2011-05-12 04:25 pm (UTC)
Why, thank you!
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[User Picture]From: toddpage
2011-05-31 05:47 pm (UTC)
come baackkkk.
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[User Picture]From: purplepathos
2011-06-07 02:15 am (UTC)
I'm glad to read that you are OK and just busy. I miss you.
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[User Picture]From: archanglrobriel
2011-06-28 01:55 am (UTC)
Yes, this. I was thinking about warmer temps and summer photos in your area which made me miss you something fierce!
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