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Street Stencil: Art or Vandalism? (04:29)


Stencil art appears in public and private places. Street artists want to express themselves. The risk of getting caught is part of the thrill of vandalism.

History of Stencil Art (02:50)

Stencil art can be traced back 30,000 to cave paintings. Egyptians used stencil art to indicate where carvers and sculptors to perform their work. Stencils are effective because they can be used to write on most surfaces.

Street Art vs. Commercial Interests (05:13)

Stencil artists demonstrate their work and show how to cut stencils. Stencils can be used to build up layers of paint, giving the finished product texture and depth. State and commercial interests control America’s visual landscape.

Street Stencil: Evolution and Transition (04:25)

Stencil art allows the artist to create a powerful statement where hundreds of thousands may see it as opposed to freehand graffiti in a back alley. Street stencils are described as a "new geography" of the city. Stencil art is transitory.

Street Art Is Communication (03:08)

Street art is communication. These artists are rarely paid for their work. Examples of this art show political messages with and without words.

Street Art: Counter Culture? (02:04)

The message and motives are many young street artists centers on anti-materialism and positive affirmations. The experiences they provide are visual, emotional, and thought provoking.

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Creative Violation: The Rebel Art of the Street Stencil

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Called art by some and vandalism by others, street art transforms the depersonalized, overcommercialized urban landscape into a forum for self-expression. Filmed in New York City, Pittsburgh, and Toronto, this edgy program documents the exploding underground art form of street stenciling and explores its roots in political street art, industrial signage, and freehand graffiti. John MacPhee, author of Stencil Pirates, and other stencil artists pose critical questions about the role of free speech in public spaces as they describe their motives and demonstrate their methods. Transgressive, subversive, creative—that’s the rebel art of the street stencil. (24 minutes)

Length: 25 minutes

Item#: BVL39848

ISBN: 978-1-60467-808-6

Copyright date: ©2007

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