You may have noticed, on the tags on the side of this blog, there’s a tag for ‘Bristol’ and there’s a tag for ‘Abroad’. Abroad is, obviously, places that aren’t Bristol.
So went abroad yesterday, to Exeter in fact, and good lord is that city free of graf. Maybe that’s a good thing in the current political climate, but i think there must surely be a correlation between graf and the general cultural activity of a city. To be fair, when’s the last time you heard of someone from Exeter doing anything worthwhile? Muse really don’t count by the way. Thom Yorke only went to uni there, yonks ago.
I rest my case.
Anyway, here’s what there was in Exeter, and whilst i’d genuinely love to be told in the comments that i’m wrong, i think i took a pretty comprehensive graf tour of the place.
This was taken later at night than i intended, but is opposite the Exeter Central Station, on Queen Street, near the junction with Richmond Road (the lower right shadow is me, sorry, damn street light).
This was at the Queen Street / end of Gandy Street junction, by the Phoenix Centre. It looks pretty old, and reads ‘I AM NOT AT WAR’ (caps lock really is cruise control for cool isn’t it?). Ironically enough, i read the other day that this country hasn’t officially declared war since 1942. So, i guess you’re forced to ask, is this ‘artist’ really wrong?
These were a welcome relief, two proper stencil faces at the subway end of Coombe Street, where someone had done some proper work to do a stencil of something. Ironic that they were on top of white paint to remove some old graf.
This was the biggest surprise of the day, an art gallery that had, for those blog readers who are interested in contemporary art more generally, Anthony Micallef listed on the side, along with Damian Hirst et al.
So went in, and turns out the owner stocked up on Micallef prints a year ago, and has been gutted to see their price fall since the ‘1000 print’ Pictures on Walls debacle this late summer. He’s still got some pretty rare prints though for good prices, and weirder was how he told the tale of selling three original Micallef’s for £7.5k each 10 months ago, and has just resold one of them on behalf of the original purchaser for £25k. It’s not Bristol graf, but it’s crazy how contemporary art prices can be so volatile huh?
For those interested in his many Micallef’s at good prices, he’s steve AT eyestorm DOT com…