i am a big fan of street art
sometimes i leave the house just to go treasure hunting for new pieces…
elaborate crap on the side of trains? NO
bathroom graffiti? NO
all of the above: JUVENILE
try beautiful posters, peepholes, mosaic pieces, clever slogans
think banksy, swoon, obey, JR, space invader, blek le rat and gaia (just to name a handful of some the most well-known).
a lot of people are currently debating the validity and value of street art these days. artists such as banksy and space invader release films and sell iconic merchandise and in the tune of “selling out” i see their point. people have even started cutting out pieces of concrete walls to own a ‘banksy’. and if you’ve seen his film exit through the gift shop you will see that the subject of this film is a classic example of the “sell out” type.
i agree that yes, there’s a charm in the idea of the starving artist, making art in the name of passion and truth but in my opinion everyone’s got to make a living! i, for one, am certain that retaining integrity and making money is possible! debate aside…
the reasons i love good street art:
* it’s free for all to see
* it’s very temporary and ephemeral depending on the weather, the street cleaners, the building’s owner etc
* the element surprise when you turn a corner
* there is no particular style or limit as there is no one from whom to gain permission or approval
* the element of risk involved in putting the piece on the wall is exciting
* the anonymity of the artist and this kind of secrecy is fun
* the artists doesn’t ask permission therefore doesn’t have to endure long and arduous processes to have their work displayed/exhibited.
please scroll to see 5 of my favourite treasures so far
and stay tuned for more in the coming couple of weeks.
goliath – le marais
goliath – le marais
NB: these are all images taken by yours truly during the 8 months i’ve been traipsing the streets of this glorious city.
ALSO: if you happen to know the names of any of the artists i haven’t credited please do tell, as i would be keen to put their names in lights and learn more about their work.