Well... except for that part about painting on other people's property without their permission and sometimes getting arrested. I've always been slightly enamored by spray can art. Every now and then I get to work with Graffiti artists for sets I design. Like this piece I designed as an underground Vodoo lounge for the film New World Order.
One exhibit that blew me away was two walls covered floor to ceiling in photographs of tagged New York City Subway Cars from the 80's. I was awestruck and amazed by the volume of cars that had been decorated (or defiled - depending on your perspective on the matter). Sharon Mitzota, from the LA times says it perfecty, "In the end, the show is not just about showcasing street art but about recovering in some way what has already been lost. Henry Chalfant’s installation of hundreds of photos of graffiti-laden New York subway cars is oddly touching, not just for its nostalgic look at the past but because it’s a testament to the sheer volume of work that has been erased."
And of course I ♥ Banksy's work. His backdrop and canvas is the streets but he is clearly in his own category and will perhaps one day be remembered as a one of the great artists of the new millennium. His artistic parodies on culture and politics astound me. To see them in person brought a smile and sense of awe to my face.
After a humbling day at the museum I went back to my little studio feeling part inspired and part drained. Next stop -- The Lacma to see the Tim Burton exhibit.