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Transcript of Street Art
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Art vs. Vandalism
A Look at Street Art
Art as a weapon, better yet a tool
- Born in Phili, 1960's with Cornbread
-wanted to get his name out
-tagged an elephant, got locked up (Cornelius died)
-July 1971, Taki, from 183rd street. Messenger.
-"Hit at the right place, at the right time"
----It's a way of saying I exist, I'm here----
"Give a child a pen and naturally they go to the wall"
Why Do it?
Why is it on the Street? Why not in a gallery?
"I'm here, I exist"
Alexander the Great writing on top of Egyptian
"Anticus was here" Started with a Tag
->When the youth aren't heard, "I tag therefor I am"
->Lettering->Wildstyle---Tracy 168--- going out of the way, Brooklyn bridge, trains... "What's up"
Sense of Activism.
Thin line between crime and art
tags are identifiable now
"Quality of life"-gentrification, classrooms, family structure
Moving Gallery, mode of communication
Let's talk and think about socially relevant themes
-Street is a platform for reaching the pubic
Some take it to the galleries, or into merchandise (Fairey)
Easily reproducible, transferable
Beginning: Cave Paintings 10,000 BC-Pochoir
Contemporary Stenciling- One of the earliest stencil artists: Blak le Rat in Paris in 1980's
Major names: John Fekner, Ernest Pignon, Blak le Rat, Jef Aerosol, Shepard Fairey
Let's Make Some