(De)Facing the Wall. Street art’s traditions, transactions and transgressions

Jein, G. (2012) (De)Facing the Wall. Street art’s traditions, transactions and transgressions. The Irish Journal of French Studies, 12. pp. 83-111. DOI: 10.7173/164913312806739719

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Exploring the shifting ground of the relationship between street art and transgression, this article analyses the dislocation of street art from its traditional geographies of deviance and, in the era of advanced commodity culture, investigates the possibilities for understanding this art form as a socially engaged spatial practice. Embedding contemporary street art in the artistic practices of Surrealism and Situationism, the article traces a lineage of graffiti's associations with protest and the street through to its current manifestations within some of the world's most established 'white cube' gallery spaces. In attempting to avoid the inevitable melancholic readings of street art as commodified sign, the paper argues for the importance of considering the locatedness of the work in any evaluation, and thus moves to read street art in correspondence with the urban spaces in which it performs.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Research Publications
Departments: College of Arts and Humanities > School of Modern Languages
Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2014 16:47
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2015 03:09
ISSN: 1649-1335
URI: http://e.bangor.ac.uk/id/eprint/1072
Identification Number: DOI: 10.7173/164913312806739719
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