ASC Community Partnerships showcases social art forms

(02-01-2011)

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In the City, spray paint on plywood, “Explora”

Ink and spray paint moves off skin and railroad cars and into the gallery. Adams State College Community Partnerships raises awareness of these art styles by hosting a Tattoo and Graffiti exhibit throughout February. A closing reception is planned for 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25.

Tattoos and graffiti have existed since ancient times by creating marks on walls or skin. This artwork can trace its beginnings to tribal rituals or ancient Greek architecture and has lasted for generations. Tattoos and graffiti evolved into a cultural art form, often with a social or political message and a deeply personal form of artistic expression. This evolution created many modern types of graffiti and tattooing styles.

The exhibit's purpose is to raise awareness of the differences between social art forms and "tagging," or an offensive expression making a group's presence known. Many local San Luis Valley artists carry on these art forms through business or on the street through commissions. Arthur Ortega, San Luis tattoo artist said, "People need artwork, it can be any type. It makes people smile."

ASC Community Partnerships Gallery, located on Main St. and Edgemont Blvd., hours are 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.