Street art is noncommissioned art seen in many streets in urban communities around the world. The art comes in many forms. Street artist should be appreciated for taking risks, sharing their talent, and for the anti-establishment message they create.
“the mid-to-late 1990’s was a period of slow evolution as key figures such as Barry Mcgee, Cost & Reves, Espo, Os Gomeos, and Banksy began to perfect their style and change the way artists approached graffiti”, Tristan Manco. (53) Street art is a form of mixed media. Some of the more well known artists of the recent street revolution are incredibly gifted artists. These artist could work for advertising companies and make a lot of money. They created art in public spaces. Most commonly found in urban communities. Talented artist have found ways to quickly create art on the streets. Stencils, posters, stickers, tiles, photography , and sculpture pop up overnight on busy cityscapes. Also a type of street art that has been exploding recently is Yarn Bombing, yarn graffiti, guerilla knitting. Knitting crews like “Knitta Please” have gained recognition. The art captures the public as its audience. We should appreciate the artists for being so generous with their creativity. The art they share is free. “for every artist whose work has won recognition there are many less celebrated artists who have also contributed”. Manco(pg 50)
Why would an artist knowingly break the laws of the land? Maybe it’s the thrill of being rebellious. They know what they do is not legal and if caught they could pay large fines or serve jail time. All over the world graffiti and street art are considered vandalism. The artists are not authorized to create in the space they choose. “British street icon Banksy regularly makes front page news”. (50) Whether it is the codes that structure our cities or the conformities of art practice, they (Darius & Downey) have found ingenious ways to draw attention to the rules by craftily breaking them”. Manco(58) Since street art is placed on city property the art usually exists in its original form and place for a short period and time. We should appreciate the risks that these artist make to create free public art that is so timely.
Cctv is the way that the government uses surveillance cameras to monitor the citizens in the UK.
Sending a message
Many well recognized street artist such as Banksy, Shepard Fairey, and Darius & Downey have an anti-establishment message they send clearly through their art. The message must be easy to understand by the public. At first the public may laugh or giggle, but moments later the observer begins to think about what is really going on in society. In the book “Yarn Bombing” a new street art social effort is explained. This recent movement includes crocheted covering of benches, buses, trees, street lamps, and other easily seen fixtures. The book explains “while many have never considered yarn and anarchy to be congruous terms, yarn craft and activism have a long history together …knitting and crochet can be political, artistic, and yes renegade. “-yarn bombing (Moore, Praine, pg 22)
Everyone can get in on the action of street art and send their own message to “The Man” . You don’t even have to be an artist to participate. Shephard Fairey a street propaganda artist who is based out of L.A. allows any one to down load printable posters to support the current occupy wall street movement. The posters are found on his website at http://obeygiant.com/support-the-occupy-movement-free-downloads