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im doing an art project on urban art, but what is considered urban art? is urban art public art?graffiti,scultures,elaborate architecture?
any feedback is welcome. thanks
-- james retief (firstname.lastname@example.org), September 17, 2001
iM DOING MY DISSERTATION ON ARTISTS WHO USE ADVERTISING SPACES AS A PLATFORM FOR THEIR WORK. wITH URBAN ENVIROMENTS CONTIANING THE MAJORITY OF BILLBOARDS, LIGHTBOXES AND MOVING ADVERTIEMENT SPACES, THESE UNDOUBTEDLY COME UNDER THE BANNER URBAN ART. iD ALSO CONTAIN THINGS LIKE GRAFFITTI, STENCILLING, BILLPOSTING, ETC... aLTHOUGH BE CAREFUL, AS THE MAIN INTERPRETATION ON URBAN/PUBLIC ART SEEMS TO BE IT PLAYING A ROLE IN RE-GENERATING AN AREA WHICH I KNOW IS DEFINATELY NOT AN AREA I AM FOCUSING. aLSO LARGE SCALE SCULPTURES ALWAYS SEEM TO HAVE THAT CORPORATELY FUNDED ELEMENT TO THEM , WHICH CONSIDERING THE URBAN ENVIROMENT IS MEANT TO BE A FREE FOR ALL ENVIROMENT, DOESNT SEEM TO HAVE THE SAME IDEAS AS INDIVIDUALS PLACING WORK INTO IT.
-- ADEY BADGER BOY (SUPERFURRYDONUTBOY@HOTMAIL.COM), October 03, 2001.
I do projects in urban environments......I work anonymously, the audience coming into contact with my artworks un-expectantly, e.g yesterday I was in Walmart laying down sticky American flag flyers on the ground and photographing people as they stood on the flyer and walked around the store with it on their shoe...un-knowingly provoking an un-patriotic reaction in this shaky time. Other work has included a dog shit maze laid out on the route that school kids take to their weekly swimming class, escorted crocodile fashion, plus other stuff. e-mail me if any of this is useful.
-- a. flight (email@example.com), December 21, 2001.
you wil be exterminatet if you reveal the secret, all stickers, stencil and graffiti will come to life and walk off the walls chaising you...
as raul seixas, a brazilian songwriter once sung "quem não tem visão bate a cara contra o muro", what in english literaly means "who as no vision knocks his face on the wall", was a version from a censored line that was refering to the fact that people had to write their thoughts in the walls to express their feelings about living conditions in a country ruled by a fascist regime, this to say that the walls were always since the beginning of expression, decoration, rituals or even art if you want to call art to the 'litic stuff made by "cavemen"...it can be, why not, but maybe it isn't, they made it so they knew what it really was, even if there was some kind of concept... for me, and i'm also doing a work about the theme but in other way, you can have different aproaches to see the matter, one where you consider the work from architects as art and therefore the buildings are also art, but we know how most buildings are, but their are artists, its all about circumstances... equipment and industrial designers aren't they artists? and gardeners? what is in fact an artist? if you go this way you can reclaim a place for graffiti, stickers and stencil in the city landscape, it's the same right, but than we got "ugly cities", "junk", "dirt"...and "law", "owners" and "clean"... in other way you can say that art are "les beaux art" and therefore city landscape is not art, even if made by sculptures, they are only decorating, who sais decoration was art, or decoration objects? if an artist does a sculpture as a piece of art, when it goes to the public domain not in art gallerys, but in the public landscape to decorate the city, in gardens what does it become? and is art only composed by stuff to decorate? and it's not only about art... it has also something to do with sociology, and materialism and semeotics, i'm a bit lost in my work because for me it is simple it's all about respect and no profit, guerrilla but making part, they say you are free, let's proove it but, for me disrespect only for who chases like if it was a crime express ourselves as it always was possible until they construct this, this is a response from a higher cause...
sorry about this, i'm tired, lot of work, skool, job and guerrilla to do but i will return with a fresh mind to say more what i think because this is nothing, but remember nothing is something...
peaceful actions for peace
-- mnk b (firstname.lastname@example.org), November 15, 2003.
Hi, I am about to start the last brief of an art course I am on an my work has been influenced by Sean Scully and his blocks of colour etc. The area I live in is considered to be an eyesore as it was built some twenty five years ago as an overflow town for a big British city. The housing is constructed on the sides of a hill with alleys and pathways between and under properties, a criminals utopia, the ultimate escape route heaven. I am going to base my artwork on this area, it will be what I consider to be real Urban Art, the environment of the people. OK their is a lot of grafitti, broken glass, boarded windows etc but what the heck it's home and I want to record this environment in my art. I hope this may be of some use to you, best wishes with your dissertation etc.
-- Geoff Fuller (Geoffblm@aol.com), February 20, 2005.