Growth Layer
Painting by Urban DK, Posca Paint Marker and spray paint on four canvases, 60x60 cm – 2006.
These four paintings act as a single piece of artwork - entitled Growth Layer - and tell the story about how graffiti function as a growth layer to many young people who later in life will go on to do great creative works.

A lot of people think the graffiti environment is a criminal environment showing signs of violence, drugs, vandalism and enrichment crimes but as Peter Pedersen from the Silkeborg Police Department adds, "In the beginning we thought we were dealing with, let's say stupid boys, then everybody know who you are thinking of. Children, mostly boys from low income families who does other types of crime. But our experience clearly showed, that out of the twenty boys we could get a hold of, only three of them had criminal records with the police and the social services. On the other hand we could see the typical medium sized boy, painting graffiti, was coming from regular middle class families. He would be able to function well in school, be intellectual and... yes..." those who know about the graffiti environment and the boys in it, also know, that many boys are doing a lot of exciting things, and indeed we haven't seen the last of that!

Lastly I would like to quote one of my favorite movies, Ghost Dog, by Jim Jarmusch, where the main character, Ghost Dog, played by Forest Whitaker, quotes "The Way of The Samurai": "It is said that what is called the Spirit of an Age is something to which one cannot return. That this spirit gradually dissipates is due to the world's coming to an end. In the same way, a single year does not have just spring or summer. A single day, too, is the same. For this reason, although one would like to change today's world back to the spirit of one hundred years or more ago, it cannot be done. Thus it is important to make the best out of every generation."

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Senest opdateret 16-09-2010 10:54 af ABJ