With its reputation for spray paint, graffiti, and alternative grunge, urban art was founded on subversion and transgression. This artistic style breaks molds, experiments with form, and even defaces public property. Not all urban art is community-oriented and proudly funded by local organizations and institutions, nor does it intend to be. The rawest forms of street art are spontaneous and thought-provoking, furtively installed during late night or early morning hours, often awaiting the sunrise to gauge a public reaction. For an urban contemporary artist, the city is the canvas, and a wide public of pedestrians are the spectators. Breaking the boundaries of traditional museum and high-end art gallery displays, urban art as a medium is forwardly publicized and seemingly boundless in artistic potential.Read More
There is a whole world of artwork out there that I’d like to explore. I think it’s important that people understand the true value and diverse implementation of mural artwork, and I would like to explore first-hand some of the most popular places worldwide in order to get an up close view of these works of art and learn more about how urban art has been used to communicate distinct messages throughout the world.
I recently spent 5 weeks in Charlottesville, Virginia. There was some interesting things brewing in the area, with inspiring murals going up all over. Take a peek and see what I did while exploring the town.Read More