More than just art on a wall: Digital Graffiti Festival in Alys Beach

Savannah Vasquez

The Digital Graffiti art festival held annually at Alys Beach just celebrated it’s ninth year this past weekend.

Twenty-seven artists from all over the world submitted digital animations to be displayed on the white architecture of Alys Beach. The Log reached out to Curator Brett Phares to get the low-down on the festival and all that goes in to choosing the unique art each year.

Q: Where are you from and what is your background in art?

A: I’m from New York City and I have a background in academia, as well as advanced study in art history and art practice and I’ve been working in multimedia for decades.

Q: How long have you been the curator for Digital Graffiti?

A: Every year. I’m coming up on 10 years as the 10th event will be next May.

Q: What is your selection process for artists, is there anything specific you look for when choosing?

A: I am looking for art that does not get taken over by technology. I want to see more of the soul and expressive quality of the work, something that sticks with you. The key is trying to balance the technique with the idea and making sure one doesn’t cancel out the other; it’s a process of maturity for the festival as well as the artist.

Q: What is your favorite aspect about this unique art show?

A: The surprise in the way the artwork ends up functioning and relating to the architecture, the leaves on trees, and even participants walking through the frame. The artists that are here get to see their work in a way they’ve never seen before. It’s almost a dialogue between art and the surroundings.