What do you think of street art? I am all for it. It appeals to me on many levels…it is unique, subversive, eye-opening, competitive, mysterious, political, and often beautiful. But as I heard a good 2-sided story on NPR a couple months back about the local arrest of Shepard Fairey I can certainly see both sides of the controversial art. Writers (that’s street (aren’t I cool?) for graffiti artists – you can find a great graffiti lingo dictionary here) are tremendous artists as are the practitioners of other street art. As I was listening to the Shepard Fairey story, Shepard was talking about how he has placed his Obey stickers on street surfaces all over the world. I now look for them wherever I go and am amused when I find one. But I get how annoying they might be if I were a property manager charged with keeping a property to a certain corporate level of present-ability. what do you think of Street Art?
I recently came across another street artist – Posterchild – who is creating street art in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
I find his own words for why he does what he does compelling. – “Authority over the visual landscapes of our cities has been placed out of reach to the very people who live in them. In my gentle way, I am simply connecting to my surroundings, and in this manner I also reclaim that which has been denied to me.”
Posterchild Engages in other street art, but the
FlyerFlowerbox installations are my favorite (for obvious reasons). I wonder what the guy who is charged with re-filling the box with flyers will do when he comes around and is faced with destroying this. I think a hidden camera would be quite interesting.