Street Art

For my exhibition, I chose to use the search term Graffiti. I created this visual gallery with these five images because I find this form of artwork very unique and appealing. I also find that there is many ways that this type of artwork can relate to the course material although it was not a form of artwork explored a significant amount.

 

Mural in Nicuita/Naputo in Northern Mozambique (Sep 2013)

by Queen Kong

This image is a photograph of a Caucasian male painting a wall and surrounded by African American children. I conclude that this is some sort of artwork that this individual is leaving behind for the children, possibly to remember him or to simply add artwork to this wall. I think that is what really interested me to include this picture because of the relationship between the two cultures. The course discussed the ways in which globalization has impacted artwork and how technology increases the accessibility to this artwork. I find this interesting because by the setting, it appears theses children are in a third world country where the use of technology is very limited to none. This Caucasian male is leaving them with a piece of artwork, which I think is a wonderful way to view the impact of globalization and the ability to travel to another part of the world and leave a piece of yourself behind in the form of artwork.

 

Stikki Peaches by Stikki Peaches (2013)

This image is photograph of a young male walking past street art of another male. This image shows the relationship between a viewer and the artwork and that this artwork may elicit a form of response or emotion from an audience. The way he is walking past the artwork shows he is observing it by the turn in his head. I think that this demonstrates the way that street art has the power to make people step back and think about artwork while on commute during their busy lives. The meaning that this viewer has of this artwork may be very different than that of another viewer. 

 

Obey- Shepard Fairey, Obama Portrait by Obey- Shepard Fairey

This image is a photograph of street art, advocating citizens to vote for Obama the presenetial election is both meaningful and iconic. This photograph of Obama has become and icon, as it was a symbol of the election of the first African American for president. This image is also a good representation of the ways in which artwork can have democratic potential and encourage citizens to vote for Obama.

 

Street art workshop from Queen Kong at Pembas by Queen Kong (Sep 2013).

This image is a photograph of street art that appears to have little to no organization. The beauty behind street art is that it is typically without boundaries and it often is used to announce some sort of message. Although the message is unclear in this photograph because it is in another language, I can still as a viewer conclude that there is a potential for a message being addressed, “STOP DROGAS”.

 

“No one” by Shamsia Hassani

The fifth and final image that I chose to include in my exhibit is a photograph of street art with an individual standing on part of it. This relates to the course idea of photographic truth because by including the individual with the painting, it gives the optical illusion of a hole in the ground. The experience in “real life” would be much different because the 3D effect is only possible when viewed by certain perspectives. This is a good example of how the producer is able to encourage the myth of photographic truth by taking a photograph of their artwork from their intended perspective and encouraging the audience to only see the artwork in that particular way. 

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