Javier Siquier Removes Graffiti
As it is quite notable in the works of, say, Vhils, the process of destruction can be an important integral part of the creative work of a street artist. This is the case of using destruction as creation. In the postmodern era, the destruction of physical objects doesn’t necessarily mean the annihilation of the symbolic power. Rather, this process concerns interaction with the world through the act of deconstruction. When intervening within a spatial context, an urban artist deconstructs the meaning of a cultural product or space, giving it a new set of artistic concepts. This represents a notion of creative work in its own right. Artist Javier Siquier had engaged in an intriguing process of artistic deconstruction…
The Work of Javier Siquier
Javier Siquier has an educational background in illustration. He was awarded a grant by the Balearic Institut d’Innovacio to do his MA in Advanced Typography in Barcelona. It was during this period when he successfully implemented the project Graffiti Lovers, a typographic package inspired by graffiti. This was the winning project of the Balearic “Art Jove” Award for graphic design in 2009. He currently works as a graphic designer in Palma. Just like he said once, his creative work had been developing along two different paths – one originating from his days as a graffiti artist and the other concerning his career as a graphic designer. In any case, he has a profound connection to typography and his work is a reflection of understanding the complexities of textual interpretation. He has had four solo exhibition in Spain and has participated in numerous projects and Interventions in Barcelona, Zaragoza, Palma and Bilbao. It could be said that he is most famous, especially within the social media reality, as a street artist who removes street art.
The removal of graffiti indubitably has a negative and destructive connotation. We were recently able to appreciate the high quality prints by Saber, who has been removing the white layers of graffiti destruction from various walls in Los Angeles. However, on the other side of the Atlantic ocean, Javier Siquier had decided that there is a specific possibility in creative deconstruction of walls containing street art. As a graffiti artist himself, Siquier seems to understand how to channel the imagery on the streets into one single beam of creative expression. During the series of works around the city titled quite simply Graffiti Removal, the artist has been painting over the walls in white, leaving only parts of the graffiti available for the spectator. In this act of “destruction”, he has managed to draw attention to the otherwise practically unavailable street art. Even after the allocation of the artwork via prints depicting the Graffiti Removal process into a gallery, Siquier had stayed true to its creative process. Segments of framed prints have been painted over with white color, as if the author wanted to say where his allegiances lie. It seems as though the message he was trying to convey concerns the importance of the wall to a street artist and his inspiration.