Jo Confino: Advertisers who imitate street art as they assault its tenets have gone too far. They can have their billboards and bus stops, but they need to give us back our streets
Walking around the artistic quarter of Williamsburg in New York, known for its experimental graffiti, which ranges from stylized texts and tags to posters, stencils and stickers, there are now massive painted murals from Perrier, VW and Red Bull on the walls of old warehouses.
In the nearby neighbourhood of Greenpoint, a wall that once held a beautiful and powerful image of Nelson Mandela has been painted over by a massive advertisement for Perrier.
If you want a metaphor to describe everything that is going wrong in our society, look no further than this. Imitating street art – even as it replaces real street art – for advertisement is quite simply a violation.
The advertising industry does not seem to recognise that there are some lines it just should not cross. It tends to co-opt and demean everything that has true value in our society, from relationships to spirituality, in order to fulfill the desire of its clients to sell us more stuff.
We’ve become accustomed to the huge billboards that hang on skyscrapers and glare at us from freeways. But companies and their advertisers have now gone beyond the pale by starting to undermine the very artistic movement that challenges the consumerist culture they create....
Urban Forms in Łódź, Poland marks year 5 and their 31st wall for the city with Russia’s Morik and iterative laying that mimics the digital art made by plan and happenstance during the day of a designer. A Street Artist with roots in graffiti, Morik hails from Siberia and has an illustration style encompassing this moments fascination with photo realism and clever hi-def effects – but brought to you by the hand and brush.
CANOSSA. Con L-invasione finale si è celebrata a Vedriano, dove tantissimi artisti erano al lavoro da giorni per dipingere le pareti esterne e interne di stalle, ex caseificio e altri edifici messi a disposizione dai proprietari, la Sagra della street art, che ha trasformato il borgo in una suggestiva galleria a cielo aperto.
Meat eaters look away! Shield thine eyes from the delightful and disgusting; this new acrylic depiction of our human-bovine connection on the side of a former farm building is in the gesture, posture, and the eyes. The individuals are rather sad, desperate, and comic – an intertwined set of characteristics teeming inside Nemo’s head that he brings again and again to his work. Yes, men do like cows. Also, men are like cows. Either way, you may want to order the veggie burger at lunch today.
Ci spostiamo a Vilnius in Lituania dove il grande M-City ha da poco terminato questo nuovo e splendido lavoro in occasione dei lavori per la seconda edizione dell’ottimo Vilnius Street Art Festival, primo festival di arte urbana nel paese.