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Street Art

Street Art was arguably the first form of art that ever existed. Cave men drew on the walls and although simple told a story and had meaning. They drew on walls mainly due to not having anything else to draw on. As these marking were drawn and scratched on it is also considered to be graffiti. Graffiti is something we associate with crime and unsocial behaviour, however we have grown up to believe this when its not entirely true. Essentially graffiti and street art is the same thing and all has meaning and purpose.


Earliest of all Street art. Graffiti?

Over the last few years street art has had a big boom in positive media and is less related to gangs and crime as it was during the 1970’s. This is not to say that the majority of street art is still illegal and can still be persecuted for it. Exhibits of street art are now quite in abundance due to its rise and therefore making it more legal and beneficial to society. Banksy’s  rise saw his work get its very own exhibition in a somewhat controversial manner as people saw this illegal act get praise, however street art is where it is today because of him.


Banksy at the Gaza wall. Its not as beautiful as it looks

This piece by Banksy was taken on the Gaza wall. It shows a man ripping back the curtain to reveal and oasis on the other side. Why is there a wall in the first place? Gaza was blockaded from Israel because of Gaza’s political regime. Hamas (who run the country) are considered to be a terrorist organisation that run an entire country and the Gaza Strip has been at loggerheads for many years with Israel due to political and religious beliefs. On the other side of this wall is a blocked nation with war and terror being part of their daily regime. Banksy believes that if something is not yours then go get your view across on how you want things to be. He wants Gaza to be at peace and he shows what a beautiful place it can be.

Art should be about the time and place. This piece of art wouldn’t have been so effective is done at Disney Land or if this was done should Gaza and Israel be at peace. Without a time and place then art can loose its meaning and demeanour.


West Bank separation barrier. Perhaps the most religious place on Earth.

This street art shows violence in a different way..This is almost a typical Banksy piece of street art. It shows two different perspectives of the same thing. The tossing of flowers shows love but the clothing suggests that he should be throwing a petrol bomb or a grenade. Your eyes are not overly drawn to the person but drawn to the flowers that he is throwing. The vibrant colours suggest that this is the piece of the art that you should take notice of. The multitude of colours suggests peace and love as they are colours of which you associate with warmth.

The person throwing the flowers is a mob member, typicalised by the reversed baseball cap, scarf covering his face and the dark colours in which he is dressed. His eyes suggest that he is determined to cause damage. Done on the West Bank, this also shows that even the most religious place on Earth, the very place where peace is all they ever want, is infact in conflict with religious people causing the trouble but not looking typically religious.


The quirkiness and enjoyment of the art still has a meaning

I do like this picture, mainly because of its quirkiness. It shows that even drains need cleaning time to time. it’s original aswell which also help make this art better aswell as the vibrant colours which draw your eye.

People always want something new and interesting no matter what it is, it could be a new tasting apple or just like in 1917 when Duchamp turned a toilet seat upside down entitled ‘Fountain’. People are curious and will pay for the pleasure and in this ever changing world the new and the bizarre becomes harder to do. Street art has just as much meaning perhaps more than any other art due to there being no limits on where you do it which adds context.


One response

  1. Jonathan

    Some insightful comments Dicken, keep it up and keep writing.

    It would be useful if you could separate your individual modules, ie have a separate category for 160MC. That would help the different tutors when it comes to marking.


    October 29, 2010 at 7:02 pm

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