#codefc Street Art – Part 1

#codefc is an Italian-born artist based in London whose work can be found in galleries, clubs and on the street. His stencil-based street art often addresses social, political, and historical issues. The artist took a break from surfing and spraying in Thailand and Burma to answer a few questions about his work.

What is graffiti?

Graffiti is generally considered lettering or characters painted with sprays. Everything else is called street art. Nowadays there are a lot of people who just mix everything and even some graffiti artists are classified as street artists.

What is vandalism?

Vandalism is the part of graffiti people don’t understand. Usually tagging is seen as that. It’s pretty much how everyone starts getting involved with graffiti and for most people that happens when they are teenagers. I think there are a series of issues people try to deal with and graffiti is a way of doing exactly that.

As a graffiti writer I know that part of graffiti culture and accept it even though I grew up and evolved that into something more elaborate on walls and on canvas in [the] studio. Most people who see graffiti from an outsider perspective might still associate that part with a form of rebellion and vandalism.

Is it for sale?

I sell canvases and sculptures and some other artwork I make in the studio. I can get some commission to paint a wall but otherwise most stuff I do in the streets is not for sale- it’s a gift.

How do you make the stencils? Are they computer-generated?

Yes, they’re all computer-generated. I do a lot of research online and mix it with photos I take and create the stencils. I did Design and Public Art at college and one thing they were always asking was the work to be site-specific so a lot of the images I research online are related to the place I’m going to paint them in.

Some of my projects consist of finding images of socio-political or historical relevance and painting them back in the same areas where they come from. I print the design on A4 recycled paper and collage them together to make the image ( my images are bigger than A4 size so I use quite a few for each stencil )I then put the collage on fabriano 200mg paper roll ( 10 x 1.5 m) and trace the design on the paper. After that I cut some bits out and that s my stencil.

Are you an ‘activist?’

I like the idea of making artwork that might raise issues more or less important on socio-political situations rather than just paint something that is meaningless.

Is it for sale?

I sell canvases and sculptures and some other artwork I make in the studio. I can get some commission to paint a wall but otherwise most stuff I do in the streets is not for sale- it’s a gift.

Continue to Part 2