Beautiful Destruction: The street art subculture in Brisbane

Jennings,Shaun (2012). Beautiful Destruction: The street art subculture in Brisbane Honours Thesis, School of Social Science, The University of Queensland.

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Author Jennings,Shaun
Thesis Title Beautiful Destruction: The street art subculture in Brisbane
School, Centre or Institute School of Social Science
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 2012-10
Thesis type Honours Thesis
Supervisor Dr. Fernanda Claudio
Total pages 66
Language eng
Subjects 19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing
Formatted abstract

The street art subculture balances tentatively between legality and illegality, and acceptance and exclusion by the dominant culture. It is a practice that is both admired and shunned by the general public and governments. At the present time in Queensland, there is a shift away from the admiration of street art with the subculture movement (including its artists) coming under fire for not conforming to perceived acceptable artistic norms. This thesis is an exploration of the street art subculture in Brisbane. It will answer three questions that together suggest the validity of this subculture as a form of youth expression. The questions addressed are: Is street art vandalism or art? What is the place of anonymity and style in street art? What is the practice and response to the appropriation of the street art subculture? Data to address these questions was collected through a literature review and observation with fieldwork providing first hand contact via semi structured interviews to practitioners of street art and surveys provided to members of the wider community to provide an outside and possibly opposing view from those from within the subculture.

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