IS ONE OF THE FEW ART FORMS THAT has few socioeconomic or ethnic barriers,"
says Bruin, one of the many graf artists to voice his thoughts in the new
documentary GV2: Freedom of ExpreSSion?
GV2 is the sequel to Bob Bryan's critically acclaimed Graffiti
Verite', the film that recorded the viewpoints
of artists from perhaps the most marginal element of hip-hop, graffiti.
thoughts are often seen but seldom heard. In GV2,
Bryan expands the perspective to include the views of not only LA writers
such as Chaz, Skill, Vyal and Slick but also New York legends Mare 139
film, Mare, a self-proclaimed "Wildstyle" artist, recalls a defining moment
in his life, his first glimpse of a "top-to-bottom whole car" by legendary
Lee. Haze, who is now a successful graphic artist and clothing company
owner, rails against the "no sell out" mentality he feels limits artists
from profiting from their talent. "If you have skills and you're putting
in work, you should find a way to get paid," says Haze.
eloquent spokesman for graffiti says " We're not just tagging the
walls, we want to tag the minds. The world is our canvas." Chaz,
an art school graduate, won the First
International Graffiti Art Competition.
aspect of GV2
is evident in the way that Bryan allows his subjects to say their peace
without censorship or positioning quotes. While the film lacks explanation
for non-aerosol heads, GV2: Freedom of
ExpreSSion? is a stunning look at the
hip-hop subculture that has developed a lifestyle and movement of its own.
- December 16, 1998
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