March 5 to April 20, 2014
Gibbs Street Gallery
Graffiti means different things to different people. Derived from the Italian word graffiare—to scratch, it was first used to describe the messages and figures that were found carved on ancient Roman monuments and walls. Both ancient and universal, its purpose is to leave an indelible mark, something that endures long after the departure of its maker. The graffiti that Craig Kraft found at the Ground Zero Blues Club in Clarksdale, Mississippi is heroic in its extent, density, and history. Layer upon layer of it cover every inch of its interior depicting a full range of human emotion in words, signs, signatures, and graphic renderings of figures and animals accomplished over decades of repetitive marking.