Best Way to Tag a Building Without Leaving a Mark (2008)

Graffiti Research Lab�s Laser Grafitti

Just as Jean-Michel Basquiats work once straddled the streets and the galleries, Graffiti Research Labs Laser Grafitti also occupies both worlds. Since 07, GRLs James Powderly and Evan Rothusing a laptop, projector, and laser pointerhave been able to tag buildings hundreds of feet away and then instantly erase their work with the click of a button. In addition to tagging the Brooklyn Bridge, GRL likes to make its mark on landmarks and government buildings, while their work has also been exhibited at MOMA and Londons Tate Museum, with upcoming exhibits in Paris and Greece. Most importantly though, Roth explains that GRLs true calling is empowerment: Were terrible graffiti writers, and were at our best when were working with graffiti writers and activists to amplify their voices rather than our own. Messages often range from the highly political to the highly phallic.


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