Unsanctioned Art: Graffiti & Street Art
The exploration of Graffiti & Street Art:
Trained to search for art with a label, within a canvas or publically promoted space, graffiti and street art was easily dismissed by my adapted city eye. I originally viewed the bubbly, script, cartoonish lettering on walls, building rooftops and subways as unsanctioned attachments to city landscape. I wouldn’t blame this perceptive on my “untrained eye” per se, but more to the dominant narrative I am attuned to. At the time I could not see how to approach works whose best backdrop did not suit museum walls but rather an open space that was in virtue, a free for all environment for artistic pursuit.
There are no guidelines, no official validation about their work. No curatorial style that exists for one work to be able to belong next to the other. If it fits, it works.
Upon this realization, an entirely new art movement opened up to be explored and discussed. Their narratives haven’t been denied; they have been recognized yet ignored. Street artists frowned upon by the art world in its traditional sense; they continue to thrive in their own realm. And the most intriguing thing about it all is that graffiti/street artists aren’t competing for the inclusion. A movement apart, a movement united. The world of graffiti and street art is a self-driven field that embraces pure, stir of the moment creation. In today’s artistic environment of premeditated, spectacle driven showcases, it is interesting to find a parallel and disconnect between contemporary artists today.
It is a universal, global art movement I aM beginning to explore...
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