Beautiful Street Art: The Endless uses of Canvas

While walking home from the “L” Train yesterday I came across this lovely installation. I always feel so inspired by street art that enhances a place. There are a lot of galleries under the track for the train so it may be related to one of the gallery installations. They are also shooting for some TV show this week along that street so may be for that too. However I like to think so random citizen of the city decided to add some of their own creativity to the city.

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Graffiti in Paris

In 2011 I studied abroad for the summer in Paris. I saw a LOT of art in museums while studying the famous artists of Paris. However, I also saw a lot of cool art on the streets. I was amazed at the breadth of materials used in Parisian Graffiti. It may have simply been that I have never lived in a big city with plenty of time and places to create super interesting street art, but I enjoyed the variety all the same.

The majority of street art that I saw were put up with wheat paste. Wheat paste is a really cheap glue that dries relatively quickly. It allows an artist to premake their art or design on light paper and then simply slap it onto the wall with some paste. I like these works a lot because they are often really detailed, and as the paper wears due to weather they gain a certain character.

I was also excited to see a Space Invader while in Paris. The artist Space Invader is relatively well known due to his specific style. He recreates pixellated characters from video games with colorful ceramic tiles. I can never know if the piece I saw was an actual space invader, or created by an imitator, but I’m not sure it matters.

I also saw a ton of graffiti on the walls of the metro. However I didn’t get any pictures of that art because the metro moved so fast and the lighting was too poor. The idea of temporal, guerilla art that is accessible to lots of people, due to its public nature, really appeals to me. However, flirting with “the law” or what not has always kept me from experimenting with street art.

Sketchbook Saturday: Graffiti

In High School I took a workshop on writing graffiti letters. It was really fun, although very challenging. It was a good way to spend time in lecture, instead of idly listening to whatever my teachers were talking about. I happen to be one of those people who does well when doodling and listening at the same time.

These images are a collection of practice sketches I made throughout my later years in High School, all around the time I took the workshop. The words on the collections are: Moxie, Monotonous (spelled wrong), Quagmire, Whimsy, Entropy (maybe), Cacophony, Escape and Maelstrom.

I would like to play with this art form again. I like words a lot and use them frequently in my art. Check back at a later date to see if I dip back into this art form.