jolie laide

jolie laide

I started this when I lived in Brooklyn and struggled for grace in a city that grants moments of beauty and ugliness breathtakingly close to one another. Now I live in a place where things are a different kind of ugly and the beauty is pedestrian. I struggle with that.



Blogger remue-menage said...

I'd rather you snap pictures with your camera phone!

I'm having difficulty enough managing to get sharp images/expressions out of my casio

8:19 PM  
Blogger remue-menage said...

it occurs to me reading the contributions of fourinchesofego and slickaphonic below that the graffiti you capture feels as though it is (or has the quality of) characters of some sort of ur-language

upon further cogitation - it prolly most certainly is some sort of street/gang language

question is: what you are capturing, is it the whole graffitilanguage form - or is it a language of your own devising


8:28 PM  
Blogger slickaphonic said...

actually, that I Ching thing is ancient Chinese...not gang-related.

8:39 PM  
Blogger ttractor said...

r-m, you have seen the man behind the curtain! I actually take all my photos with my camera phone. When I send them into the blog, they all come with that obnoxious message, which I then have to go in and strip off. I just got busy at work today and forgot to do it, and now you see the crude mechanism.

I am not really sure about the language/symbolism behind the spray paint. What I am looking at is the abstractions, the forms, the textures. I recently read a whole thing about "street art" and the hierarchy of what is "ok" to obliterate and cover with other art and what is not. Fascinating. I love the multi-layers, the peelings, the juxtapositions. I didn't know you could get shanked for putting a "wheatie" over a "throw up."

I got totally called out on the I Ching thing! I had no idea, and thanks to everyone for educating me!

10:25 PM  

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