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Entry no.: 191

26 Jul 2007, 10:22 AM

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Romania Cultural statements

Mona Lisa stencil graffiti, Cristian Kit Paul, Oxford 2004

Mona Lisa stencil graffiti, Oxford 2004.

Mona Lisa stencil graffiti, Cristian Kit Paul, Bucharest 2007

Mona Lisa-Woody Woodpecker stencil graffiti in Roman Square, Bucharest 2007.

Oxford's stencil statement renders a scholarly tongue-in-cheek play on representation medium — art paint in spray-pait, 4 years in 4 minutes etc. Street-level postmodernism.

Bucharest street artist chooses to morph renaissance magnum opus into screwball comedy (Woody Woodpecker plays Mona Lisa or vice-versa) with a deeper layers of meaning: during communism (our childhood) among the few American1 cartoon shows allowed on Romanian Public Television2 were Woody Woodpecker episodes.

I see classroom pundit witticism vs. street retro-anarchy. What do you see?

1 Read "capitalist imperialism," as the communist propaganda machinery dubbed Western countries in general and America in special.

2 State-owned and then tightly controlled Romanian Public Television was the only television station in existence. Commercial TV station were unimaginable at the time.

Comments

Reply no.: 1

31 Jul 2007, 12:46 PM

prieteni virtuali:

There are so many stencil graffiti in Bucharest, most of them with a funny cultural aspect. I like this type of graffiti more than the standard graffiti.

Reply no.: 2

31 Jul 2007, 1:50 PM

Kit:

For many, many more, see the Romanian Stencil Archive. Plenty of them are remarkably smart and/or funny. A must see.

Reply no.: 3

8 Jan 2009, 2:32 PM

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Reply no.: 4

16 Jul 2009, 2:06 AM

menendez:

hi, im a argentinian men ho want to make a fucking stencil... respon me please.....

Reply no.: 5

3 May 2010, 11:24 PM

Kit:

Mendez, you have my blessing. Go make a fucking stencil.

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