BY JOEL KUENNEN
Nicholas Baurriaud coined the term “semionaut” in his book Postcommodity to describe an artist who “produce[s] original pathways through signs.” You’d be hard-pressed to find a better description of legendary graffiti artist Kelly “RISK” Graval. Graffiti began as a system of place-making, signs used to demarcate contested space. It was also used as a way for individuals to become known. Both of these impulses, writing the name of a community and writing one’s own name, have the sign in common, the purpose of which is to make known.