This mid-week blog post is dedicated to the artworks, & social & political messages that mark, for the most (but not exclusively), the urban spaces we frequent & neglect. For some they are unwanted, unsightly & offensive; but for others, myself included, the works of street artists, whether or not politically motivated, are essential to the continued concept of 'free speech' & freedom of expression within a broad communal context.
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Graphical, pictorial, illustrative; people for thousands of years have been motivated, for every personal reason, to create art in communal spaces. Whether decoratively, simply to bring accentuated colour & form to our living environment for the pleasure of our senses, or with the purpose of causing social or political persuasion or awareness within ones society; the concept of applying ones feelings & thoughts, in a visual context, to ones surroundings continues to drive individuals to challenge our beliefs as we increasingly acknowledge the relative fragility of our swiftly evolving cultural comfort zones. From the paleolithic cave paintings of Teruel, Aragòn, & the Cerne Abbas Giant, carved into natural chalk; to the provocative socio-political stencil art of Banksy & his thousands of acoytes, & a million other unknown artists who daub walls with tags, slogans, impossible 3-dimensional spectacles & stunning large-scale fine artworks; the agendas of all such individual & group artists shall always pose a valid challenge to the status quo of any given society. In often increasingly intolerent & less permissive socieites, the street artists create options for future living, humour at the expense of fear, awareness of the circumstances of our fellow human beings, near & far.
I do not know much about the history of graffiti & street art, but its impact is strikingly clear, & our societies are drenched in the living flavours of the motivating forces of tomorrow.
The images I present here were taken in London & Barcelona, over the past 4 or 5 years. They are somewhat immortalised by photography (indeed some of these artworks may no longer exist in their original form), maybe to the chagrin of some of their creators. Nevertheless, they have certainly reached a few more people than they otherwise would.
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