After talking with my tutor; professional practise was brought up as a concern, hence I splurged on a researching spree, digging the areas of the internet I knew as artists’ goldmines of information, for anything I could relate to through my work or my own practise.
Digital Arts was the first to pop up something; a digital graffiti show, and after that there was information everywhere. “How to” guides for graffiti, spray painted or otherwise, “tips and tricks” for producing work outside, and a never ending supply of artists using the same basic method of produce art on property or places otherwise owned.
Ernest Zacharevic, was found in an article on Yatzer: making street art with 3d objects in the streets. Claiming to be a ‘‘more of a fine artist who paints in the streets rather than a street artist,’’ as he holds a fine art degree in one hand whilst painting in forms varying from the thick lines of spray paint to delicate brush strokes of acrylic. The works he makes hold humour and beauty, combining sculpture and painting in an easy balance as they stand in the streets.
Florentijn Hofman, produces work that borders from huge to massive, its funny and sweet yet amazing and awe-inspiring all at once. Ranging from a giant rubber duck in a dock to painting a street front blue, “Thinking Big” is always the objective.
Alexandre Farto, a street artist using the usual method of deconstructing the walls rather than adding to them; taking a layer of plaster from a wall rather than adding another coat of paint. Although my favourite method he uses is the removal of paper from ready-made canvases of poster advertisements, cutting through layers, at varying degrees, to shed the top layers and allowing previous posters to shine their colour and patterns through; a contrast to his two toned carved plaster images.
Theresa Himmer, an artist more focused on asking questions of architecture as she utilises typography and sequins to pose them. It’s odd, as architecture tries to solve problems, particularly in urban cities, where space is used to its fullest at every opportunity. Although I am not particularly fond of the work, I can see the appeal in the way she works.
Olivier Kosta Thefaine, the magic graffiti artist, wondering around with his trusty lighter; an artist who makes a canvas from ceilings and stairwells alike, from smoke and charcoal. Creating spectacular patterns in never ending lines and swirls of smoke. The whispy lines standing out on the white canvas of walls. He struck me as a peculiar artist; focus more on ideas of language and experimentation of method, “Most of the people are more interested in aesthetics (beautiful shapes, colors) but they don’t give a damn about the ideas, most of the street artists are more into the looks than the concept. This is what determines the success of the street art today and also what will provoke its loss tomorrow.” He says what every artist thinks but never wants to point out for fear of their loss of credibility or worse they’re livelihood.
Artectura and Eduardo Zamarro, collaborated on “Breakwater”, a port that was painted under a project; the aim was to create an area for walking for tourist. It produced a pixelated image of blues, greens, pinks and yellows; removing the skyline and mixing the sea and sky by the connecting blues. There are various pieces of poetry and quotations that surround various figures painted as shadows against the evening light portrayed by the pixels of colour. The project is quaint and achieves its goal, it was mainly the typography that drew me; although in Spanish its advice is good and the styles are interesting, almost illuminated.
On yatzers website there is an article by Costas Voyatzis on a few anonymous graffiti artists about the Cerasoli Gallery, it is a study of the childhood cartoons, comics and stories; of the heroes and the villains; of their morals and reality. MEGGS and Toyboy are the two artists in particular that are critiqued, both using popular cartoons to create familiarity and a mutual understanding of the concept of morals and authorities, whilst the rest of the image; flicks, splashes, drizzles misshape the actual cartoon to undermine the reality that the ‘morals’ they teach children.
First solo exhibition of street artist “b.”, “missing text” has the intriguing inclusion of the of a wendy house; which holds the manifesto; a carefully made book of drawings and images that make up b.’s universe which as been escaping onto suburban street walls for the past few years.
Anna Garforth is responsible for “Eco Graffiti” literally graffiti styled words and phrases; made from grass, moss and other plant life that manages to grown in the cracks of walls even in middle of city smog. It covers the basic problem artists have; understanding. As each image has a given meaning from the artist but is very rarely understood by any viewer that way as every image seen by the audience is tainted by the audiences individual experience to the images in relation to time, location and object. It all falls down to the fact that humans themselves very rarely understand themselves if not any other member of the species, let alone any other creature alive, and that’s not even including the others that cant speak; which is what Garforth manages to point out if not try to fix with the eco graffiti. “It seemed as if writing with moss, represents an unusual synthesis between advanced civilisation and nature. It is a chance for us to speak as individuals and artists, but also to be the spoke person of organisms which have no voice in our world. We hope that not only words will be noticed, but also the moss itself, put to the forefront through it’s sculpting, fashioned into a form we can understand.”
Shin Tanaka, makes paper figures which seemed to be a nice companion piece of research for the paper cranes, however his works need tabs and glue to keep them structurally sound, hence not technically origami. Although their colourful patterns and curious statures make from intriguing application to paper uses.
One other artist that popped up was from the Art People Gallery, that posted about a street artist called Dzia who made a series of images in geometric designs of animals in variously bright colours that fit surprisingly well into the urban browns and greys.