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Street Art: The Presentation

25 May

Street Art Presentation

“We declare the world as our canvas.”

12 Apr

Pablo

I randomly came across the Street Art Utopia site and found myself looking through so many great works of art. Art which truly makes an impact and art that can reach everybody indiscriminately. Art that is so creative, beautiful, personal, adaptive, cultural, witty and funny. I can not see how such works are truly an act of vandalism when every corner we turn there is a billboard or an advert. For I would rather walk through streets that make me smile than streets that try to make me feel that there is something missing in my life. Streets that inspire me- rather than streets that make me mindlessly consume. There is a word coined by Banksy for this- “brandalism”.

The Street Art movement really owes its success and wide audience to the internet. Because of the impermanence of it, sites like Street Art Utopia document and share such works with and from many a Street Art fan.

But something I always wonder in the context of teaching children is when does Street Art become morally correct? When is graffiti an art form and is this entirely subjective? Are some public and private spaces more correct to use for the purposes of Street Art than others? Can you really teach children to appreciated Street Art and then tell them they should not become a Street Artist because it is vandalism and against the law?

I think personally-not speaking as Miss Parker- I have no moral issue with using advertising spaces, derelict spaces and other permission given spaces e.g. Kelburn Castle for the purposes of Street Art. However, unless a message is felt by the Artist to be extremely important and valuable to many people, I am a little unsure as to permanent graffiti on private property unless it is that of a ruthless corporation! However, the point is I do feel conflicted between my own values and that of what a primary teacher should be imparting-because there are a lot of laws (statutes) I do not agree with.

Dolk

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http://www.streetartutopia.com/?page_id=2495

Exit Through the Gift Shop

21 Mar

This is a fantastic Banksy documentary centred around Thierry Guetto’s persuit of capturing¬† all major street artists working on video and his unlikely success in the world of street art using the pseudonym Mr. Brainwash (MBW). I rented this a few weeks ago and really enjoyed being able to see street artists at work including Banksy himself (heavily disguised of course!). You really see the speed benefits of stencils, pre-made posters and paste as these artists are constantly avoiding the police. But they really know how to make a billboad beautiful and meaningful.

Why Street Art?

15 Mar

I discovered Street Art when I was talking to one of my high school art teachers about wanting to create art which made a meaningful political statement. He recommended I look at Banksy.

It was love at first sight.

How could I not have known this artist before? Every statement he made through his clever imagery and quriky word play meant something to me. It was just so nice to see an artist standing up to our cultural deficit, our corporate over saturation and making a statement for justice, and for the place of art itself. Needless to say, I got ‘Wall and Piece’ that Christmas.

When I moved to Glasgow the next year (2008)¬† it was a fun game playing ‘find the Banksy’. I found this one outside a bank on Sauchiehall street. The image isn’t very good but it says “laugh now but one day we’ll be in charge”.

I also found another one outside an amazing teas house called Tchai-Ovna on Otago Lane in the West End. It was a child with a television for a head-but unfortunately I don’t appear to have a picture and can’t find one anywhere! And Otago Lane is under threat of destruction for re-development which is really sad because it is a wonderful little place. But there lies the impermanence of independent shops over massive corporations and of street art itself.

My interest in Street Art and Street artists expanded a couple of years ago after visiting Kelburn Castle. The whole castle was due to be re-rendered so the owners controversially welcomed the Brazilian Sao Paulo Crew street artists  to go free rein with their art on the outside. It was definitely a profound experience seeing a 13th century castle covered in bold, colourful, beautiful and quirky street art. The castle was truly breathtaking. A real juxtaposition of the old and new. Here are a couple of pictures: