‘The World of Street Art and Graffiti’ by Rafael Schacter

In the book read, “the act of writing on walls is an equally ubiquitous and elemental act, one linked to the primal human desire to decorate, adorn and physically shape the human environment”. – Reading this statement infused that with it being a primal human desire – it should be shared with all of the public and hopefully appreciated by all. It also made me question that if we really do have a primal desire to decorate, why do we live in such dull urban environments, with droll looking apartment blocks and dirty crumbling walls.

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‘Time Flies By’ by How & Nosm – Boneyard Project, Arizona

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‘Dot, Dot, Dot’ by How & Nosm 

In the future I aspire to create projects as large and impacting as the aeroplane above, painted by How & Nosm. Seeing pieces such as this one remind me of my childhood, as they look as though they could be  large, life size toys. These kinds of work ass a whole new level of excitement to the world of art, which keep it energetic and positive.

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“The Mess” by Akay and Brad Downey is another energetic piece which reminds me of my child hood. Children often have a desire to draw on things and  deface them. Creating the piece above must be satisfying for the artist to engage their inner child.

Unfortunately I am not financially equipped to be able to buy a car and deface it, but I do feel that using a similar style on smaller found objects or discarded house hold items which may otherwise be quite precious or valued may create a similar impact.

Within my project so far I have spray painted a collection of vintage pot dolls. For some collectors this may be as precious as a car, and therefore communicating a similar emotion to the frustration of a defaced car.

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Invader is a street artist who uses mosaics to build his pieces. He recreated fictional characters, such as figures from games, that a large majority of the public are likely to recognise. By using popular figures, Invader makes the viewers feel more involved and connected with the work.

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ZEDZ, curator of the above two pieces, was at the forefront of the original 3D graffiti movement. After a collaboration with architect MARC MAURER, they decided to for the design team DELTA-MAURER-ZEDZ.

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Adam Bartholl creates a hazy terrain between digital and public art. It would be similar to create similar ideas by creating scenarios outdoors in which it appears that electrical objects are being plugged into walls/buildings/trees – creating juxtapositions and humour.

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Mark Jenkins creates hyper-realistic humanoid sculptures. His work adopts and absurdist sense of humour, compelling an engaging response from the viewer. Jenkins ‘strives to create a moment of pure theatricality in the street, and turn everyday space into art and drama’. This approach to street art is very unique and shocking. Engaging such an impacting response and connection from a viewer makes a piece more memorable and entertaining. Creating theatricality within the street is a concept which I may practice in my further education.

With placing dolls outdoors, and in urban settings, I am already creating a slight theatricality, with a strange humourous twist. With the dolls often being described as ‘creepy’ I believe that when people see them alone in the street, it may be quite memorable for them.

Jenkins was influenced by the works of George Segal and Juan Munoz – who also created humanoid figures of a realistic nature.

Jenkins use of a large and open public canvas inspires me. I feel that his ability to communicate and explore social issues such as homelessness and environmental degredation, whilst placing works within the settings in which they take place, is very talented and creates a successful and interesting project.

It is quoted by the author that the sculptures ‘surprise, scare and enchant’, which I hope to create within my pot doll project.

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Above pieces by Jan Kalab

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