Tui Slater Conceptual Artist


The Joneses Too

The Joneses Too

The Joneses Too Wall

The Joneses Too detail

Art Form Wall Art Eight framed, multi-media paintings
Theme NZ Landscape
Materials Cotton, acrylic paint, spray can paint, embroidery thread
Size Variable

These paintings have been cut out of a larger painting which was painted and hung on a concrete block wall titled “The Joneses Too”, which is part of a body of work from 2007 where I looked at culture makers and markers.

Fences and walls are loved by graffitists but the cause of much angst for the owners of these ‘blank canvases'. I am trying to understand each of these subsets of our society, the youth and the older sector of property owners.

The touch of embroidery on these framed paintings symbolises a hopeful realisation from the fence owners, who normally just whine and pontificate about the graffiti when it is done to them, that although graffiti is normally seen as an act of pure vandalism, it might be a cry for attention from these angry young men just expressing their emotions first and foremost, without secondary thought that they may be hurting others.

Differences between languages and culture, depending on how they are articulated and received, may be a cause of much misunderstanding and intolerance within our community.

I stencilled names of artists that I saw as having been influential to the culture of street art in history and also of artists that have been influenced by street art and artists. I painted as one would on a war memorial. The red picket fence palings have been used to symbolically tick off the hundreds of anonymous graffiti artists, to whom, whether we like it or not, have helped to form the society we live in.

The resulting framed paintings are seen as random snapshots, similar to a family wall of portraits (hence the odd mix of frames), of a society seeming to be sitting on the fence looking at the smoky past or contemplating the direction of their future.

Is art not the expression of emotion, especially coming from a primary level, with paint or pen onto a ‘canvas' something to be read and valued?

Grafitti, as in all art, does not connect with everyone but does it still have something to say to some one?

To suppress expression does not bear thinking about, as what would the real last straw be?