Archive for February, 2010

my dream home: kitchen

February 5, 2010

Jeremy and I have been thinking about moving to the suburbs. It’s a hard decision. One day I’m really excited at the thought of a bigger place and the next I’m scared and sad to leave the city. I grew up here. This is what I know and love. But realistically, in order for us to get a bigger space, we need to move to the suburbs.

We started to look online a little and what I’ve noticed most is that these homes are stuck in the ’80s! There are tons of places with frilly curtains and borders. It’s hard to see past the horrible decor but it got me thinking that it would be exciting to buy a cheaper home and put some money into making it my dream home. So, here’s the beginning of my blog called “my dream home” and today I’m featuring photos that I’ve collected of kitchens that I love.

is graffiti art?

February 1, 2010

A friend of mine recently shared some photos of the latest graffiti mural by Os Gemeos. I was completely blown away by the colors and characters —  they’re very dream like. As I admired their work, it got me thinking again — is graffiti art?

Having lived in the city my entire life, I’m confronted with graffiti everywhere every day and have had this discussion with many people. Some think it’s a disgusting violation of property and some think it’s an expression of one’s creativity. I fluctuate between the two. The wall behind my house is constantly the victim of graffiti — or  tagging — which is a gang’s way of marking their territory. Here’s an example of one my husband photographed.

To me, this is not art. I can’t even read what it says — and I’m sure that’s the intention. Where’s the creativity?  But as I said, this is definitely tagging and not an expression of one’s creativity. There are some beautiful examples of creative graffiti in the city — unfortunately I don’t have photos of them. Although I do have this photo of a mural I stumbled upon in France. Now this, I consider art.

I might be considered a graffiti snob but I would gladly offer up the side of my house to Os Gemeos to do a mural.

Art is subjective and I think graffiti is too. Do you consider graffiti art?