Today’s lesson: graf law 101 — How to turn the Museum of Modern Art into a get-out-of-jail-4-free card.
The New York State Penal code says that the accused’s “malicious intent” to damage property constitutes the difference between a fourth degree misdemeanor charge and other more serious misdemeanor and felony charges for criminal mischief (i.e. graffiti). Practically speaking, this demand to prove destructive “intent”, makes these judges-turned-curators ask a variation of that dusty, old art-vs-crime question we’ve all heard 1000 times before, but now with some fresh legal relevance:
Graffiti is a crime, but is it misdemeanor art or felony vandalism?
A more pointed way of asking that question:
Does another of our colleagues/friends/family-members get a fine + community service or a felony and 3 – 12 months in Rikers?
Well, don’t sweat it your honor, the GRL and the Museum of Modern Art have made your life a little bit easier.
AVONE, KATSU, 2ESAE, SKI, EROTICA 67, TOOFLY, MUCK, JESONE, NOBODY, JACKEE, LEETO, KEPTS, RESKEW, FAUST, TIE, DONA, DIVA, STAR, CAYPER, NETA, DRO, LUCHA, MAMA, NAX, MADG, LADYKFEVER are all MoMA-certified artistas (if it’s the cops who are asking.). And this aint our opinion… it’s art history.
Luv to all the writers. Luv to her honors Paola Antonelli and Patricia Juncosa for getting us all up in the MoMA, Lipps!, the crew at the bar for sneaking us bottles, and all the janitors. Sorry about all the tags in bathroom and the gift store. Luv to the GRL crew: Kochblock, Twin A, B4$, Sammy K, ACC and the SoSIC ladies and gents. Luv to all the graffiti writers in prison in NYC.
The GRL: producing highlight reels for probation officers since 2005.
- To see the GRL IRL check out Design and the Elastic Mind at the MoMA, open February 24th – May 12th, 2008
- Johann Zahn + GRL = Fuck Flickr
- Own a piece of art that is currently on the wall in the MoMA. For FREE!… download the torrent here!.
- For instructions on how to burn a .img or .iso file to a DVD (which can be played in any DVD player) using open source software click here.