Saturday, March 26, 2011
Think Before You Paint (Or Paste) - Advertising Vs. Street Art
Sure, we get that these things are a secret code. But they don't offer anything aesthetically, and if you just smash up one of these posters, its not really art (its not art at all!), its just an advertisement.
Folks can have their definition of what art it or isn't, and what qualifies. But the general way that we would define street art is stuff that makes you think for a minute, enlighten you if its good, and hopefully change your point of view.
While we love the idea of these code boxes being interactive, and think they can be used well adding to a piece, when it is the whole piece, it is just an ad trying to get attention. And that, in our book, is not art.
And up top, the brain stencil is really cool idea for street art, and we love getting people to 'think', but if you want them to think that the art is cool and not some beginner project, either nail down the handstyle (God, if you're going to spray, PRACTICE!!!) or stencil out the words.
Look how clean an precise the Pike TCF stencil is compared to the mess up top.
And we hate bitching and would love to only celebrate art. But the street are getting clogged, and not in a good way, and these things really must be said.