What do you think of the relevancy of the Street Art Movement?
I don’t really take much notice of it. It seems like most of it is visually derivative and usually espousing some uninteresting pseudo political view. I’ve always liked graffiti though. If you follow graffiti, you know the aesthetics of something is only a part of that world. Scale, location and amount are all equally in play. With “street art” aesthetics seem to be the primary focus, maybe with a little illegality thrown in for sex appeal. Street art seems to pander to public opinion while graffiti attacks it. So for me, while there are some very notable exceptions, (Espo’s “Love Letters” in Philly for one) I’d take graffiti over street art any day.
—My friend Matt Palladino was interviewed for the San Francisco Arts Quarterly, which you can read online here.