Thursday, 4:13pm
28 June 2012

Off the wall [EXTRACT]

Stencil Graffiti

Tristan Manco<br>Thames &amp; Hudson, &pound;9.95<br><br>

While both stencilled graffiti and its freely rendered counterpart collide content into locality to make meaning, the former is often more engaging. The stencil itself is edges and outlines: irregularly sprayed, the effect of visual space it generates settles well into the textures of the built environment . . . If Manco names and rightly elevates the protagonists of Stencil Graffiti, much remains hidden: we do not see their faces, their process of work, their misdemeanours in progress. Publication of incriminating evidence is, of course, in no one’s interest except the cops (do they consult books like this? . . .