FILL-IN explores how a genre that began as a form of subversive public communication has become legitimate from photographs to installations —moving away from the street and into private collections and galleries. Forms of graffiti have been discovered on ancient architectural ruins and like today were both illegal and a form of communication. Modern graffiti, which is associated with hip-hop culture and spans all racial and economic groups, began in the mid- to late 1960s; it made its way to New York City and quickly became a phenomenon. Urban youth used the sides of subway trains and buildings as their canvases, reclaiming sections of their neighborhoods by “tagging” them with stylized renditions of their names or the names of the groups they formed. The self-taught graffiti artists turned the walls of public (and sometimes private) buildings into giant panoramas and subway cars into moving murals. The artists chosen to be part of Fill-IN for their unconventional ways of working with the materials from canvas or large sheets of paper, or just documenting with snap shots graffiti in Brooklyn, Chicago, to London.

George Keller
Daniel Teafoe
Mathew Stephen
Oscar Salgado
Rahmaan Statik