Art can be found anywhere and everywhere; it is a part of our daily lives whether we like or not. Art can be found where we least expect it and can become a source of unexpected transformation/inspiration. Since the Dawn of Man, we have had the inclination to create and as a result our ability to persuade others has been heightened. Our ability to create has stemmed from the influences we've acquired within our environment and our experiences over time. For some, the idea of art is pushed beyond the accepted norm and anything and evrything becomes one's canvas. The power the visual has on an individual is infinite and far exceeds any other form of communication known to man, for a picture is worth a thousand words. For your pleasure and my continued inspiration, I have archived images dealing with various forms of street art as well as the use of imagery for propaganda purposes. We are all affected by what we see and will continue to be as long as we have the ability to reason.
Precita Eyes Mural Arts and Vistors Center provides a variety of opportunities for community members to get involved with and see the beautification of their living space. This site also provides insight into the many ways one might get involved within the San Francisco community, as well as providing information about the tours available for the Mission District murals. These beautifully constructed murals found throughout the Mission, showcase the power art has on so many levels as well as showcasing the bond that art creates within a community. If any of you ever get out to San Francisco, make it a point to go and visit the diverse murals sprawled throughout the city. Trust me, you're going to love it.
Olek is a street artist with a unique vision of the world in which she inhabits. She is originally from Poland, but she currently resides in New York City and covers the cityscape with beautifully patterened crochet. These colorful needleworks' adorn the urban environment for all to enjoy. This site provides us with a bit of background information about her and her approach, what she is currently working on, what the press has said of her work, and how one might get in contact with this awe-inspiring artist. Take a look at her world and become amazed by the intricacy she puts into producing her complex creations.
Michael Ray Charles is filmed on location at his home and studio in Austin, Texas. Through his studi...
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Michael Ray Charles is a prolific American artist whose work focuses on what he calls, true "Americana." He is a well educated man, that is truly gifted at his craft. His work is powerful in its content and its comments on America, racism, and the steretypes penetrating the American psyche. Many of his works deal with blackface imagery with a modern twist, for he feels it is these stereotypes that have painted a false picture of the African American and their struggle. In this segement of PBS' Art21 series entitled, "Consumption," we get insight into Michael Ray Charles as an artist and a man. This video is an eye-opener to the struggles still endured by individuals and how the past has shaped our present and will ultimately shape our future. Watch and be amazed! Enjoy.
Thise site showcases some extremely unique propaganda posters dating as far back as the turn of the twentieth century. Each poster presents an exuberant case of persuasive argument. These documents are from around the world and seem to congregate around some sort of injustice. As can be seen, many acts of propaganda still occur today, but why wouldn't they? I guarantee some of the topics witihin this site will surely shock and offend even the most open of minds. It is sad that we all seem to keep repeating the same cycles over and over again. When we learn? For only time will tell if history will repeat itself.
FatCap is the ultimate online resource for graffiti and street-art. Browse thousands of pictures, videos, news, interviews. Explore the graffiti and street-art in each country and city in the world.
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Fatcap.com presents a variety of street art from around the world. This provocative site blends videos, articles/editorials, commentary, and pictures providing a unique perspective on everything related to the street art game. Browsing the various styles of art presented solidifies how prominent and how important this artform truly is. Those that are skeptical to the graffiti movement's impact, take a look and get inspired, because you too can take to the streets and show the world that you have something to say.
I enjoy photographing art from the walls, bridges and tunnels of the Bay Area and I like to share...
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The tumblr account for Bay Area Street Art is filled with beautifully crafted works executed by local artists. This individuals goal is to document to the world by sharing the interesting and the unusual. I bet once looking at this site your views towards the art of a vandal will somehow change. I am hoping more for the positive. Look beyond the surface these works are presented on to see the true beauty that lies within the can and the motion of the hand. There is so much talent in this world and some of us are unaware that it even exists. It might be right under our noses without us knowing, so go out and take a walk through your community to see what it is you can find, because trust me it's out there.
Boredpanda.com presents 80 pieces of art work created by Banksy from around the world. The documantation of the pieces in this collection range from the extremely large scale to the smaller scale scrawled all across the urban landscape. He is known worldwide as, "Banksy," but not much else is truly known about his identity. It is his enigmatic prescene that has helped catapult his work into our social consciusness as recognizable high art. His comments are to the point and reflect a feeling of great disdain towards the way in which society has presented itself in recent times. As long as he is on the scene, he will continue to rock it like a vandal pushing the boundaries beyond the accepted norm. Hopefully, we can handle it.
Above Image: Created by my Art I students a few years back. It was a collaborative effort recreating an image from the film "They Live." It is where Shepard Fairey appropriated his moniker "OBEY." The work is 48 in. x 54 in.
This site provides information from the perspective of quality dissent. Shepard Fairey induces his brand of commentary while documenting the popular. His style is recognizable and his technique applaudable. His commentary illicits confrontation as we begin to obey the contradictory, which ultimately controls us. Sure, his art work can be found on streets and buildings accross the globe, however the funny thing is, we are his true canvas, because we continuously promote his brand of clothing throughout the world. Unfortunately, we've simply become another obedient consumer advertising his brand of commercialism. Everybody go out and get your OBEY t-shirts so you can do the marketing and moneymaking for this ingenious entrepreneur.
GATS or Graffiti Against the System is a Bay Area street artist. His giant tentacled faces can be seen all around the San Francisco Bay Area as work seems to wrap around and consume whatever construct it grabs a hold of. Take a peek at the works of an inspirational artist painting the streets of the bay with pieces of astronomical proportions. His works will eventually grab a hold of you and force you to want to join the movement against the system.
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Global Street Art is a phenomenon. It catalogues artwork from around the world by current street artists. Along with many beautiful images, one is able to look at various interviews, blogs, and videos dealing with specific works. The site is informative and engaging. It is also a testament to the power of street art around the world. As long as their are open sapces, artists have a canvas to express themselves to the public. It is time for us to take our domain back.
This PBS art documentary focuses on the street art of two young women with styles completely all their own. Olek is an artist who uses the city landscape to create beautiful crocheted pieces cloaking that which is already in existence. These works breathe new life into the sometimes stall urban environment. Swoon is a multi-media street artist who utilizes the forms found in the city to house her creations. She uses a very loose drawing style on tracing paper or any other paper for that matter and then transfers her works onto walls, via wheatpasting. This video is interesting in that it depicts street art as being as culturally diverse as the individuals creating it. Be inspired by the enthusiasm each of these women exudes in their art making ventures. For them it is an attitude and a way of life that should be experienced.
Space Invader. What a classic name for a street artist, because that's what he does, invades your space. With authority, he challenges the system through simplistic breakdown. His pixalated style of tile mosaics and rubix cubes is jaw dropping. It's a style of old, envisioned as new. This site provides a glimpse into the authenticity of his works and what he is doing around the world. I found the links to be most impressive. If you want to see some nice pictures taken of Space Invader's work, I would suggest clicking on the flickr link. These are images with Space Invader hashtags. It is definitely worth your while, because the images will transport you into some sort of virtual reality.
This online exhibit features 11 posters and 1 sound file from a more extensive exhibit that was presented in the National Archives Building in Washington, DC, from May 1994 to February 1995.
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The National Archives presents an online exhibit of various American Propaganda posters from World War II. This exhibition is broken up into two parts and was originally shown from May 1994 to February 1995. Part I focuses on Patriotism as well as American strength and determination during this time period, while Part II focuses on the dark side of war. Each work embodies persuasive elements that kept Americans either focused or at bay during wartime depending upon the imagery presented. The exhibit showcases a great selection of posters while giving a more in depth analysis and/or description of these powerful images contributing to this country's history.
Take a look at this well constructed project in regards to Propaganda as art. This individual presents the history of propaganda and why it suits our needs so well. The site is broken down into various components as the basis for research, while a focus is place on high art as a form of propaganda. The history about what is presented is quite fascinating. This person has put together a fantastic comprehensive site that any history buff will surely want to explore. Be sure to check out some of the links provided, because they too are quite an experience.
Los Angeles Street Gallery is a colorful look into the world of the underground arts in Southern California. This is mainly targeted around the Los Angeles area and focues on many talents contributing to the Southern California street art scene. This site offers videos, a gallery filled with wonderful images, and an events calender providing information on upcoming shows and exhibits. The hopes of this site are to bridge the gap bewteen generations of artists and indivduals hoping for a better tomorrow. If we all we're willing to open our eyes, we truly could make this world a lovely place.
This .pdf file is chalked full of wonderful ideas centering around the murals found in San Francisco's Mission District. The thematic plan is engaging and would be a wonderful experience for anyone that participates in it. I enjoy these murals first handand I know many of my students would too, however we don't have the funds to go on a trip like that even though we are approximately twenty miles east of these beautiful symbols of community. Who could go wrong with an actual experience? We all know that memories and understanding are acquired through experiences like this. It's hard to deny an opportunity like this. Maybe with time and proper fundraising this could be something that students could cherish and experience as they develop as artists and productive community members.
The enigmatic BANKSY is presented on this bountiful site of illustrious imagery. The site is chalked full of images ranging from those created outside to those of traditional high art standard. The art created by this man of mystery rivals that of any notable commentator from the past. His art presents a harsh reality of what the world is. There is no sugar coating here. His stencils seem to come to life as he presents his case. Whatever the topic, his imagery shocks and confronts the many contradictions permeating the world. The mystery behind the character he has created heightens his intrigue. Is he real, a figment, or simply another commercial sell out?
Follow username: @mummygrams on instagram. He scribes, MUSK... He is a Bay Area street artsist that incorporates the bandaged remains of simple geometric bodies in action-like poses. The movement of his pieces reflect his knowledge of the flow of an image as it translates on a given surface. His talent is commendable and his can control is remarkable. I think what I enjoy most about the work of this mysterious man is the simplicity of his gimmick. For some reason it leaves me with a feeling of wanting more... I mean seriously, look at his instagram profile picture. Enough said.
Follow username: @st_art_ldn on instagram, as this individual chroncicles some of the best street art London has to offer. Presented as a reminder that even graffiti is beautiful and it too can evoke positive emotion. Get blown away by the amazing work of some of England's most infamous underground artists. These images are an eccletic mix of neverending influences commenting on a variety of topics ranging from the social to the outrageous. Prepare to be blown away by the immense talent England has pulsating through its streets.
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