Olga Campbell’s Graffiti Alphabet
Friend and fellow-artist Olga Campbell has just published her very first book, Graffiti Alphabet. She calls it a visual tour of the graffiti of Vancouver. I just bought a copy from her a few days ago and I’ve been leafing through it, overwhelmed by the beauty of the powerful colours, designs and energy of this street art. Olga has collaged what must be hundreds of photographs taken over six years into a fabulous work of art of its own and a tribute to all those anonymous street artists.
I love the inside cover introduction written by George Rammell, sculptor and faculty of Studio Art and the Art Institute at Capilano University. Here’s a snippet:
Olga identifies with the disenfranchised and she’s fascinated with young artists who have developed their own vernacular. So, here in her new book, she puts her own studio work aside to provide us with the alphabet of a younger generation. Letter by letter, her pages are like windows to view effigies of urban guerrilla artists determined to have their values encoded in the public realm.
Do have a look at the website and sample pages and if this form of art interests you, I highly recommend you purchase one for yourself or as gifts. Above is the cover image which I’ve scanned, though it’s slightly cropped because the scanner is not quite wide enough. Aren’t the colours amazing?
Some readers may remember Olga’s name for she has been mentioned here a few times regarding some of her recent exhibitions:
Whispers Across Time exhibition
and my visit to it
Triumph of the Human Spirit exhibition and my visit to the opening