May Lane Street Art Project at Samstag Museum - University of South Australia

Uploaded by UniSouthAustralia on 07.06.2011


May Lane started as a platform on which
graffiti guys and street artists can freely paint
and they wouldn't be chased, so they would spend
a bit more time executing their masterpieces.

Tugi Balog, who owned the building
built up a relationship with the graffiti artists working in the laneway.
So what he created was a large, three-panel system
in the recess of a garage door and invited
DLUX! to paint his stencil art
within that framework.

I was the first artist to paint a panel for May's
which was great.
I have a friend, Jimmy Sing, who worked for Tugi at the time.
He invited myself and of course all the other artists
to come and paint in that first program.

You can either paint within the frames or the confines of the panel
recess on the wall or you can paint the whole wall area
and then what's removed is just a section
of the artwork that you create.
So I chose to work within the recess of the panel wall
and spray the stencil in there as I would
in response to a little recess or a little alcove
or doorway around the city.

The May Lane exhibition has been given considerable money
by Visions of Australia to tour the exhibition.
It's now in Samstag in South Australia, in Adelaide
which is a fantastic, beautiful gallery
and to about seven venues in all.

This is my work here and this is actually
a cross over between a letter form piece and a stencil driven work
where the stencils are used in a repeated manner
to build shapes and to build patterns and text
within the larger context of the work.

The piece behind us here is one of my
Suburban Roadhouse series, Suburban Roadhouse #5
and these suburban roadhouses are
my response to some of my artwork being stolen
and used by a large American corporation for profit.
So what that led me to do was to explore
ownership of public and private space and
copyright, trademark and the corporation.

They were all exposed to all the elements and
they lived for a month, plus you can see
none of them is touched or anything
because there is quite a bit of respect
on the streets for good work
and we are showcasing what can be done on the streets.
Most of them are rock stars!

These, I think, give a really strong
impression of what street art is actually about.

May's is such a unique project and it's quite interesting
because once the panels are taken off the street and then exhibited
in the gallery, they become something else.
I never expected that creating the panels
on the street, that they would end up here
I think it's incredibly visionary to bring this show alive.

It's good to spread the word
good to spread the good word
about street art and graffiti culture
to a broader range of people that might not experience it.
I think it's very valuable that we get the chance for this to tour.