WA Toady announces that Maylands has gone “wall mural crazy”. The curator, the wonderfully named Leo Flavel surprisingly does seem to be in agreement with my point that those sponsored by government or grants are overwhelmingly shit…
“All the government and grant-funded artwork getting painted recently can be very watered-down and tailored,” Flavel said. “The pieces are better than a brick wall, but most people don’t realise the artists who pop up doing them aren’t in murals or street art as specialists, but are grant-hoppers on a bandwagon. Once the mural fad is over, those guys will go and do something else.”
Well yes. If your council is paying for it will be crap. And I don’t agree that a blank wall is always worse as previously discussed. But he seems to miss the point that the craze is already over. Long over. And the result of getting agreement from everyone involved will have exactly the same watering down effect as the council paying for it. It needs to be a piece that shopkeepers, councillors and grant dispensers (YWLs?) hate. Or the street art critique pictured. That’s what would bring people from outside to visit Maylands, not pieces that have been given the thumbs up by a coffee shop owner.
One TWOP connection is that our old friend Mark “for the want of a ladder” Shime is one of the artists. A lifetime ago that seems. And despite Teh Flav’s enthusiasm, the pieces he has curated are overwhelmingly crap.