Graffiti art for a number of yearsin the past has been seen as just reckless vandalism, but in recent years it has grown into one of the largest basis for contemporary art. Artists who received their initial recognition from ‘graffiti’ have evolved into some of the curators and tastemakers for today’s society and art culture. Today we came across a clip of Roger Gastman on the Bill Press Show. Gastman is an advocate of graffiti art in mainstream society as he is a curator and also produced a documentary on one of D.C.’s legendary graffiti artists. Hit the jump to hear him touch on this evolution and give us your thoughts.
Peter Ogburn sits at the table with the curator of “Pump Me Up: D.C. Subculture of the 1980’s,” Roger Gastman, and BuzzFeed’s Washington Bureau Chief, John Stanton reminiscing about the 1980’street art and the mega growth of graffiti art. John asks about the go go graffiti originating in the beltway, and the genesis of the tagging scene. The generation X’s amongst us will remember the bubble lettered name stamps around our towns. Roger has also recently produced, ” The Legend of ‘Cool’ Disco Dan,” which started out as a documentary about the life of an artist, and then morphed into a story of the city.