“Imagine a city where graffiti wasn’t illegal, a city where everybody draw whatever they liked. Where every street was awash with a million colours and little phrases. Where standing at a bus stop was never boring. A city that felt like a party where everyone was invited, not just the estate agents and barons of big business. Imagine a city like that and stop leaning against the wall – it’s wet. ”
― Banksy, Wall and Piece
I love art but mostly I love art that breaks boundaries.
Taking a brick wall and turning it into a piece of artwork that screams something to the world.
I am not talking about the gangs that tag their names on buildings or people who scribble on the bathroom walls. What I am talking about are the artists that have decided to use the world as their canvas.
Banksy is one of the world’s most famous urban artists. Originally from England with a distinctive stenciling style he started decorating the world in 1992. Not much more is known about him since he wants to stay for the most part unknown. Banksy and King Robbo, another famous urban artist, took part in a graffiti where they altered or covered up each other pieces bringing much attention to their work. A documentary was made about their “battle.”
The world of urban/street Art is overwhelming. There are endless amounts of artists and endless amounts of artwork. Street art is not limited to paintings but also includes sculptures, wheat pasting, stenciling, installments and mosaics.
Since there is so much to this field of art a great place to start is Advers.com Defined as a street art search engine here you can find pictures, blogs, articles, and even twitter accounts that follow street art.
One of my favorite blogs I have come across is Vandalog. The site is easy to navigate with beautiful photographs and videos from all over the world. They have a great Twitter account where their writers continue to keep the conversation of street art going constantly.
Ekosystem is loaded with information. I found this site harder to navigate with a little too much going on but they have a great index of urban art blogs that lead you anywhere from street art in Madrid to street art in Paris.
Urban Art Core covers most everything that is going on in the urban art world. There is a ton of information on the site. The photos of art are accompanied with an article talking about the piece.
One of the best most simplistic sites is Wooster Collective. A great place to see street art from around the world with just enough text to tell about the art. A great addition to this site is the links to multiple artists. Clicking on the artist name leads you to the artist’s personal site.
One of my favorite things about street art is that it is everywhere. There is always new pieces to be discovered.
Continue to follow for more information on street art in and around the Eugene area.