About This Project:
When world famous street artist, Banksy, tagged a wall in Salt Lake City back in 2010, the city power washed it off within 48 hours. This led me to ask a series of questions:
What happens when graffiti is removed from a wall?
Is it an improvement?
Why do people remove marks left by others?
I've observed, in many instances, the cover-up marks can be uglier or more beautiful than the original graffiti. This is my fourth investigation into the markmaking series.
This ongoing exploration I call Markmaking: Detagged, photographed in several western cities, so far, is my examination of the aesthetics of graffiti removal.