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The Subconscious Art of Graffiti Removal (2002)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Short | January 2002 (USA)
Graffiti removal: the act of removing tags and graffiti by painting over them. Subconscious art: a product of artistic merit that was created without conscious artistic intentions. It is no... See full summary »

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Matt McCormick

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Matt McCormick
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Miranda July ... Narrator
Hugh McDowell Hugh McDowell ... Self / Graffiti Prevention Coordinator Portland OR
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Graffiti removal: the act of removing tags and graffiti by painting over them. Subconscious art: a product of artistic merit that was created without conscious artistic intentions. It is no coincidence that funding for "anti-graffiti" campaigns often outweighs funding for the arts. Graffiti removal has subverted the common obstacles blocking creative expression and become one of the more intriguing and important art movements of our time. Emerging from the human psyche and showing characteristics of abstract expressionism, minimalism and Russian constructivism, graffiti removal has secured its place in the history of modern art while being created by artists who are unconscious of their artistic achievements. Written by Anonymous

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Documentary | Short

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Not Rated

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great film- very intelligent humor
31 January 2005 | by jwiffySee all my reviews

I saw this film at Sundance a couple years ago but just recently saw it again on DVD. It is a beautiful short film that does a good job of walking the fine line of irony. The film comes across as an art history educational film that makes the argument that the blocks of paint left over by city graffiti removal crews is in fact a very important art movement. It's pretty funny and will draw laughs, but the cinematography and tone insure that it's not just some tongue-in-cheek mockumentary. The filmmaker does a good job of hinting that it's a joke, but then proving that the blocks of paint really are interesting to look at.

The might be a little too long, and it's obviously very low-budget, but it's a brilliant piece that's easy on the eyes and worth checking out.


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