Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Art and About: Untitled by Barry McGee

It's the 10th annual Sydney Art and About public art festival. One of the highlights for me is the laneway art installations.

Here in Tank Stream Way, Barry McGee has created a work which the catalogue says "teeters between the free spirit of graffiti, the randome energy of the urbane and the pure intent of controlled artistry"

I don't know if the tag shown left is part of the original work, or a graffiti tagger's addition!

The red paint strayed a way from the can! I rather like this too - implies a bit of hit and run- ness.

Melbourne has fabulous laneway art all over the city, much of it "graffiti style". Sydney is much more purse-lipped and tut-tutty about it all, but I rather think in some places it would brighten up otherwaise drab places.

McGee is a Californian, also known as Ray Fong, Lydia Fong, Bernon Vernon, P.Kin, Ray Virgil, Twist and further variations of Twist, such as Twister, Twisty, Twisto and others.

This piece caused controversy, with the narrow-minded straighteners of Sydney poo-poohing and decrying it and saying it should be erased! Grrrrrrrrr


  1. Lucky you got a shot of this. Apparently the artist was not authorised to paint on this wall, just the one around the corner and it was supposed to be painted over soon after. The tag was definitely a graffiti addition and that was exactly what the council was afraid taht teh artist would be encouraging.

  2. @steffe trust me when you see it in real life itts the coolest thing but they buffed white paint about 2 metres up the wall i think to stop other graffiti artists from tagging.