GRAFF The Art And Technique Of Graffiti Art In The Community And In The World
I was recently getting shipping supplies for some Lyman Woodard LP’s, off the Waxpoetics label, our international customers. Talking to Eric at the spot we talked about the culture and his brother Scape One came up. After checking him out on the web we met at the MLK library in downtown San Jose to parley and discuss hip-hop in our community. I was very impressed with his book GRAFF and we shared allot of common thoughts and ideas about the culture. We decided to do an interview that you can listen to right here on BNR, check for the Scapes Martinez ‘ Live & Direct P1 – P5 ‘ five part interview on the play-list.
Graffiti artists may be true folk artists. Like visual poets, they sling their paints like verbs and nouns, creating stunning statements all the way through. They tell their true tales from the heart and soul, and redefining not only themselves, but their communities, imbedding their statements into the collective memories of the people. A visual narrative directly connects the street corner to the spirit, bypassing the definitions of art presented by the galleries and museums. As if put into a blender, the ingredients mix and the letters become pictures, merged with the personality of the writer. The colors take shape, statements are made, dreams are made manifest, and truth is made real. That is graffiti art. Poured out like water… Once viewed as merely a blemish on the urban landscape, graffiti today has evolved into a legitimate art form in its own right, influencing entertainment, advertising, fashion and other creative industries worldwide. In this unprecedented book, master graffiti artist Scape Martinez shows how he does his thing, offering streetwise advice to help other “writers” create maximum-impact, legally sanctioned work. Step by step, he lays out the philosophies and realities of the genre. From picking a “tag” and developing letterforms, to the logistics of prepping a wall and working a spray can in a painterly fashion, Graff will help you find your style and leave your mark – large and loud.
About The Author:
Born in Newark, New Jersey, and now living and working in San Jose, California, Scape Martinez has been creating art since childhood. Early in his teen years, he fell in love with graffiti art. He creates with spray enamel, house paint, markers, acrylics and watercolors. He owns and operates a street wear clothing line, Liquidscape Clothing, and can be found frequently doing workshops and lectures. He has exhibited at the Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana (MACLA) and has been assistant art director and lead artist-in-residence for the Children’s Shelter of Santa Clara County, California.
He’s done murals for Stanford University Law School, the East Palo Alto Mural Arts Project, and San Jose City College. He has lectured on “Sights and Sounds of the Urban Environment,” Arte Americas, Fresno, California; “Style Wars,” Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; “Aesthetics of Graffiti,” San Jose City College; and “History of Graffiti and Rap Music,” Hayward State University. He’s shown at Punch Gallery, San Francisco; Berkeley Art Center; Cultural Initiatives Silicon Valley; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts; Art Museum of Los Gatos; Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, Los Angeles; and Works Gallery, San Jose. He has been featured in Artweek, The San Jose Mercury News, Metro: Silicon Valley’s Weekly Newspaper, San Jose City Times and San Jose City College Times. He is currently working in the area of public art with various cities on “Four-Dimensional” murals and sculptures that are graffiti-based.
Big Noise Radio.com – Tune in for our live-and-direct interview with Scape Martinez!
Image: Scape Martinez