Street Art ‘101’
Earlier today, I started off this module with a talk about ‘street art’ and discussed what it is about, we then followed this up with a look around the exhibition about street art at the Herbert art gallery, we were then instructed to create a ‘manifesto’ here is my groups attempt at this.
‘Please note: I have only had one lesson on the subject and certainly do not consider myself an expert on the subject)
-Street Art Manifesto-
1. Street art is a form of expression and you must do what is in your power to make that expression whilst keeping to your own view and style.
2. Street art is confrontation, never back down from expressing what you feel is right.
3. Location is vital to your work, a good location can speak volumes for your message if placed correctly, a bad location can risk disguising or altering your message.
4. Street art does not always have to give answers, sometimes it’s better to get people just to ask different questions.
5. Consider acting anonymous, it can add a lot to your ‘character’, making your messages potentially more effective.
6. Only reflect on the past, if it is relevant to your future. Street art should represent current situations or potential future problems.
7. It doesn’t matter if your work causes controversy…in fact we encourage it.
8. Street art is not to be used for personal gain, Profit should not be the reason for creating a piece of art.
9. Street art is an anti-establishment movement and should challenge people in the way they think, act and what they plan for the future…having said that however,
10. The irony is that street art itself is an establishment movement and is guided by it’s own set of rules as mentioned above…however ours is an establishment that wishes to give people a voice via art.
I will create a piece of work using this manifesto as a guideline, expect that up in the week