industrialized humanity - (Caitlyn ritter)

This gallery includes pieces that showcase human realism in street art. This art is anything that has been executed outside of a traditional gallery. It is typically painted in industrial or urban settings: on the outside of buildings, on streets and sidewalks, and on other structures like bridges. Humanity is often pictured with extremely lifelike features or engaged in everyday activity. 

Flying lessons depicts a woman and boy (possibly a mother and son) in an exaggerated version of spinning many parents do with their children. The boy has taken flight during this wild dance, perhaps alluding to a parent helping a child achieve their dreams (fly) while staying on the ground. The movement of the boy as he wraps around the side of the building helps viewers imagine the child flying away from the woman.
The House Guest shows a young girl eating at a table while a cat hides beneath the table. Perhaps she has been invited over for tea. The use of 2-dimensional art for the girl and cat alongside 3-dimensional objects like the table and chair bring this image to life. Though the forms are simplified in this image, the unity between the 2- and 3- dimensional pieces brings this piece to life.
This image shows a man on a bike with a blue sun behind him and a cityscape in the background. The heavy use of negative space makes this everyday activity appear to be something more; the bike seems to be levitating above the realistic city. The floating biker and airplane in the background only solidify this image, bringing magic into this simple activity.
This mural, photographed by Karin Lindberg Freda, is of a model-esque young woman. She is painted with complex forms that bring a realistic light to her. The space around and behind her, filled with a pattern of runic text and a multicolored circle, highlight her smooth skin and dark curls.
This mural depicts another young, realistic woman. The use of light and dark that splits the mural down the middle brings balance to her strong form. She appears to be looking ahead, maybe towards a future that is brighter than her current situation. This is emphasized by the bright colors of her simplistic clothing that stand out against the monochromatic background.
This mural by Bansky shows two black and off-white characters: a young boy and a soldier sighting down a sniper rifle. The boy prepares to pop a plastic bag to startle the soldier into thinking he has heard a gunshot. This powerful mural shows the horrors of war. Negative space surrounds the characters. This emphasizes the detailed, realistic characters, drawing viewers’ eyes immediately to the stark statement being made by the mural.
In Random Act Pansey, a boy painted in black and white snaps a picture of a flower painted bright yellow with darker values for highlights. The bright pop of color against the black and white background brings emphasis to the subject the boy is photographing. The green leaves move viewers’ eyes toward the camera, drawing attention to the everyday act the boy is engaged in.
Gladiator depicts a highly stylized image of a gladiator in full gear pointing towards the end of the wall he is painted on. Painted in shades of black and white, this image draws viewers back into Ancient Rome. The gladiator’s arm moves attention in two directions: to the end of the wall where he points (possibly at an opponent), and back up his arm to his face mask, which gives him a determined, battle-ready look.
This mural shows a young boy armed with a machine gun loaded with brightly colored crayons. Though the boy is depicted realistically, he is surrounded by childish drawings of flowers. The bright colors and style of the flowers emphasize the boy himself, how is shown in black and white. He has apparently seen the atrocities of war, and now attributes those atrocities to normal childhood activities.
The One that Got Away depicts an underwater scene of a teenager chasing a fish that appears to have just escaped his grasp. The mural comes alive as viewers’ eyes are drawn down the teen’s arms and to the escaping fish. The bubbles, painted in contrast to the realistic style of the boy and fish, also draw attention to the fish.
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