Friday, August 26, 2011
Follow Your Art - Or Your Favorite Artist's
Common Cents puts up a new girl paster and sprayed the words 'Follow Your Art' next to her, but it might as well say 'Follow Your Favorite Artist'.
Common Cents gets up all over LA, his dedication and commitment cannot be questioned, but he is also making a name for biting off of other artists. This piece smacks of Bankrupt Slut, and this is not the first time Common Cents has been accused of copying. Common has already put up pieces that were clearly influenced by previous pieces from Obey, AJL, 2wenty and Free Humanity to name a few. It must be said that Common Cents always does produce quality pieces, and sometimes, in our opinion, even better than the original. Like with this piece--it is perhaps even better than the original piece, but it copies the exact pose and concept that Bankrupt Slut has been stickering all over LA for the past 3 years.
And not sure how this piece even relates anyway? Even though the name implies common sense this piece is non-sensical, and the components don't go together. It feels forced. Why in the world is a girl in lingerie spraypainting philosophical maxims? There are many other images that, seemingly would convey this message more effectively, say and old person or a child--on the flip side, maybe have the girl spraying something punk rock like she looks. But the end result of this is as if Budweiser Beer had been hired to do marketing for Chicken Soup For the Soul.
We want to make clear that, most of the time, we dig the art that Common Cents does and have mad respect for the way he does it. Common Cent's buffalo is a strong, unique image, and there are many others of his that we dig. Common has been getting up city wide in Los Angeles, and is arguably one of the most active street artists over the past year. We hope that Common keeps getting up, and just as if it would be whack if another street artist started using a nearly identical buffalo image and started putting it on the streets of Los Angeles, we hope that Common can steer clear of following other artists' art and firmly stake out an aesthetic of his own.