Sometimes it’s through destruction that we find our creative process, reclaiming commanding walls, sleeping trains or neglected bridges and transforming them into a vibrant, visual discourse on society’s transgressions.
Street art, or graffiti, infiltrated New York in the 1920s, where anonymous artists left haunting reminders of the socio-political injustices that infected the city. This subversive culture allowed the youth to voice their frustrations, using a universal language understood and accessible by all. Despite its contraband beginnings, street art found its way into the mainstream contemporary art world, due to its power of documenting and disseminating profound socio-political activism.
Here’s how to bring street art home!
Step 1: Rebel!
Street art’s evolution was so effective Darwin would probably have written a book about it. Although it began as a means to shock and rebel against viewers, a supposedly contradictory concept for artists seeking success, this only opens up an unbinding space for experimentation. After all, Dali did it, Warhol did it, Man Ray took it to new levels, and these artists aren’t what one would consider ‘unsuccessful’. The act of rebelling in art stands to transform views, and give a voice to the frequently silenced bystanders.
We Recommend: Rebel! If you have the perfect scandi chic, minimalist interior, interrupt the homogeneity with a vibrant street art painting. Daniele Fratini took inspiration from a variety of movements, including pop art and Banksy’s compelling murals, to create truly inspired paintings.
Step 2: Immerse Yourself!
To really understand street art, it’s vital to acknowledge not only the stencilled story in front of you, but also the artist’s intentions behind the piece. Although we believe art is open to absorb a myriad of interpretations (and doing so only renders it more impressive), artists who create street art, in particular, are often communicating a very specific socio-political experience. Marius Marcu’s piece explores the increasingly restricted voices of individuals, as populism sweeps through the world. Marcu focussed on his subject’s eyes, highlighting them with a kaleidoscopic lens, emphasising how many of us are left watching, perpetually silenced by the continued corruption that governs our lives.
Step 3: Mix it up!
Abstract and mixed media pieces have also become popular renditions of street art, taking into account key influences from Dada and Cubism. The dynamism of these pieces allow them to not only convey powerful messages, but also give them the potential to transform your interior with pseudo-3D effects. These new interpretations of street art further demonstrate the complexity of the movement, because when it comes to discussing social and economic issues in art, not even the sky’s the limit…
We recommend: although these pieces are vibrant and busy, the range of texture and medium makes them the perfect addition to a gallery wall or a bold room. Their range of styles mean they stand to complement various surfaces, hues and artefacts that make up your interior!