Buffs (2016)

A series of photographs of “buffs” (graffiti coverups). I live in a neighborhood with a lot of graffiti and, consequently, buffs, and what draws me to them is not the usual trope that they look like abstract paintings. It’s that building owners seem to believe that an ugly blob is preferable to a “piece,” regardless of the quality of that piece. This series looks at them not aesthetically, but as a method of stifling communication and expression, as a conflict between those who own property and those who presumably do not, of style vs. aggressive neutrality.

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