|This months cover, K.K.W|
I had wanted more on the cover,
but on the advice of others
I kept it simple.
|Glendalys Medina @ The A.I.M|
exhibition, Bronx museum of art,
of which she was a part.
When it comes to interesting far out creations, daring deeds, she the one to call. After studying sculpture @ Hunter college, she went out into the world and began to cause serious creative damage. Glendalys Medina is one of the best.
SP: I noticed that you recently got back from L.A, was it work, personal, or both?
GM: All of the above, but mostly I just needed a fresh perspective, some rest ... my mind smiles brighter in the sunshine.
SP: For those who don't know, what is "The Shank"?
GM: Ahhh... The Shank....The Shank is a process of self-transformation using the elements of Hip Hop as its medium. As The Shank I am mastering MCing, Breakdancing, Graffiti and DJing by reproducing the work of prominent figures in Hip Hop culture. After acquiring an arsenal of different styles, I produce original work in order to realize my voice as an MC, my body as a Breaker, my name as a Graffiti writer and my rhythm as a DJ. I chose the word shank because of its slang definition as a handmade knife commonly made in prisons. The Shank was conceived as a gift allowing its recipient the opportunity to escape confinement, discover one's true self and recreate one's identity.
SP: Where's it at with "The Shank", currently?
GM: I recently developed a new tag for the writer in me...turns out I like stencils. Originally I was spray painting "The Shank" in 2007... mostly around Hell's Kitchen and in the Bronx, but that took way to long, it's a long name... so I shorten it to SK...using the first and last letters of Shank...But it never felt quite right...
SP: I remember this past summer you were speaking about "Taking your work to the streets", how was it the first time?
GM: I made a limited edition...25 prints of my new tag.. no name just shapes and it was time to get "up"... it was New Year's Day and I had never used wheat-paste before ...I posted it up and decided to start a blog as a video tag diary...I go out once a week aiming to hit the 5 boroughs in NYC based on the Graffiti concept of being "All City": The state of being known for one's graffiti throughout a city. Originally, this term meant to be known throughout the five boroughs of New York City through the medium of subway cars. In honor of that my first post was a train station in Brooklyn.
SP: Many other greats used "Street art" to get the word out, to be known, or for social/political reasons, what's your vector in all this?
GM: Wheat-pasting has a long history connected to activism... propaganda, advertisement and Graffiti as you said... What interest me is 'action' ... a whisper a gesture ... they are not permanent ... nor is that my intention when pasting... up until now tagging was practice... When I went out New Year's Day... that was my Art on the wall... that was my voice I put up. I've knocked on the revolving door of the 'white box' ... now it was time to cut out a new one ...
SP: What made you start-up the blog? was it only to promote your current "Street art" project?
GM: I think of it as my new door... A friend and colleague mentioned it to me as a forum ... a new avenue to explore and share The Shank. I was very hesitant...It would be a very different audience and required a lot from me... leaving me vulnerable and uncomfortable ... but I moved forward and came up with a very simple fun idea... interested in both posting out in the streets, documenting it after the fact...like if I just came upon my own tag/art as a viewer then posting it again... giving it to world with the potential to be global... that's a powerful thing... what
|Glendalys Medina, photo courtesy of the artist.|
|One of 25 stenciled designs|
of Glendalys Medina's "tag".