The art of graffiti removal

San Fernando, 08/Photo by Jeff McLane

The costly effort to clean up graffiti and tagging has left the walls of the Eastside covered in blotches and strips of color to obscure what taggers left behind.  Silver Lake photographer Jeff McClane captured images of these blocks of color – ribbons of beige along Glendale Boulevard and blue cubes on San Fernando Road – for Exteriors, an exhibition that opens tonight at the Spring Arts Tower in downtown.  “It is basically inspired by my interest in urban landscape and physical change to space in the community,” McClane said in an email. ” I’m a resident of Silver Lake, and have been photographing grafitti removal in my area for about 3 years now.”


  1. check out ‘the subconscious art of graffiti removal’ by todd haynes. A great short film, both funny and curious.

  2. One of my favorite forms of “public art”!

    Removal depicts a community that still maintains control of its own soul and hasn’t sold out from fear and intimidation to the lesser, cowardly beings that “claim” the public space for their own under cover of darkness.

  3. that’s actually really pretty.

  4. @Daniel — daniel, i was just about to post the same thing. it’s a great short film. the ending is weird with the girl on bike…but visually it’s pretty stunning:


    But I thought it was by Matt McCormick…regardless, props for remembering.

  5. aaaah you’re right. Matt McCormick is correct.

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