Monday, February 22, 2010
Traveling the back alleys through Melbourne I was psyched with what a thriving street art scene I saw. I've enjoyed graffiti since I was youngster drawing goofy tags and silly characters in black books that was why it was cool to see so much in Melbourne. It seemed that you couldn't go down a dark street without coming across some piece of graffiti. The street artists, for the most part, in the area took their craft and responsibility very seriously and it showed considering how their pieces worked in the place they painted it . Unlike most graffiti you see where most graffiti consists of random bad bombing all over other people's horrible bombs, Melbourne featured a variety of characters, stencils, scenes, and styles that complemented each other and worked within the surrounding environment. Many people have issues with graffiti claiming that it's a criminal act in which shouldn't be considered art at all. I would argue that done in a creative manner in the right position (not on some mom and pop store window) it becomes a unique medium that can transform an outside canvas into a worthwhile artistic expression.
Here's a few different street artists that I really enjoy. Feel free to share if you have any favorites.
http://www.banksy.co.uk/ - A British street artist that does interesting politically charged stencils.
http://www.lost.art.br/osgemeos_01.htm - A pair of Brazilian artists that make quirky characters.
http://www.xmarkjenkinsx.com/outside.html - An installation street artists. makes dummies that really interact with their space.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Street_art - wikipedia site that has a good gallery and some other info and stuff