Sidewalk Conversations

This gallery includes representations of graffiti, a type of street art, by a number of artists from around the world. All of the artwork is in black and white and created using multiple mediums including paint, photography, paste and spray paint. Graffiti is more than a neighborhood ornament, put in the perfect place to look pretty. Graffiti is a conversational piece, a political/social/ environmental/religious platform, it's inspiring, comical. enlightening, supportive and above all, it's a social catalyst. It gets the people talking.  

“Wrinkles in the city” is a collection from an artist named JR. This piece is of an older woman with glasses who is holding her eyes open wide over the corner in a small town. The focus is grand as this would first thing you would notice coming to this street. Wrinkles often suggest wisdom as people age, which may serve as a piece to look forward to.
"Morley on LaBrea, hollow doubt" utilizes space very well. The opposing black and white foregrounds and backgrounds of both images create a nice balance. There are no gray area so the contrast is strong. The lines of the figure in both images are rounded and organic.
"JR", a self titled piece, depicts varying facial expressions of an African America woman. We see fairly happy emotions as the facial expressions bring life to the image. The strongest elements in this image shape and space. There is roundness in her cheeks and eyes. Also the image fills up the entire image, half of which is pasted on the side of a train as the other half rests below.
“You Go Girl” was a piece created because of the artist's admiration of Philadelphia poet Ursula Rucker. He created life size portrait of Ursula along with the words to a popular poem she wrote “l.o.v.e” written over the portrait. The words create a nice balance against the lighter areas of the image. The image over the solid red background creates soft contrast.
The image depicts strong lines that are both rounded and jagged. The shapes fairly structured. There is some contrast to this image that softens the starkest white parts and deepest of black. There is a considerable amount of light to the image as there are few shadows. The movement of the characters brings the image to life.
“No More Hunger” is a social wheatpaste piece. This image is a social and possibly political piece that appeals to the struggles of the people within certain socioeconomic neighborhood and the lack of opportunities to improve them fairly. The image is fairly large and the writing, which speaks volumes, take up a large portion of the image. The is some contrast.
“A Barca” shows great emphasis on the two black crows on the left, resting on a branch of thorns as a pirate ship passes by. There is great detail of the ship. You can also see the wind in the sails as the ship passes by. There is also a man with a halo on his head and light surrounding his body floating above the door like he is ascending to the heavens. Crows are associated with death and could be what ties the man above the door and the pirate ship together.
This wall painting depicts a calm scene with buildings on both sides and a row of trees that are brought to a focal point. There is a black figure on the left side of the street. The black and white value suggests it is daylight out. The artist completes their work with a 3D tag of their name in the middle of the street.
Here we have a self titled piece named "JR". In this image we see bright almond shaped eyes with lashes that curl up to the sky. There are lots of shadows creating depth and roundness. The bold blackness in her eyes and the glimmer of white light bring the photo to life.
This painted image displays the use of light and dark values that bring depth and a realness making the image personable. There is unity created using short strong strokes that create a mosaic finish. The image almost looks unfinished due to the lack of lines or borders.
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This user gallery has been created by an independent third party and may not always represent the views of the institutions, listed below, who have supplied the content.
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