My favorite thing about street art is that it puts art, literally, in context. Rather, it creates art within a context: expressing something about local and / or popular social mores in a forum that allows denizens of that context to be disrupted with a different kind of conversation starter. It addresses issues relevant to … Continue reading Best of The Best Street Art and the Role of Art In An Urban Context
On day two of my current project, I continue to get bombarded by the context that shapes the lives of Cultural Creatives. Today, I found the link to hookedblog It's a UK based street art blog. This was submitted by a grad student from Colombia studying in the UK, who follows DJs and street artists. … Continue reading Some Inspiration For The Street Art Fans
Ironically, I was just sharing one of my posts about Banksy (namely the one about Nick Stern’s photo interpretations of his work and how this elevates them to “high art”). I feel so white right now I can’t even stand it.
- A Defense of Banksy (abetterwhirlpool.wordpress.com)
- Banksy’s street art turned into print ads (lostateminor.com)
- Stolen Banksy Jubilee work listed for auction at £450,000 (telegraph.co.uk)
- Banksy tagged with corporate branding (earthseaconsulting.wordpress.com)
Recently, Nina Simon summarized the posts of several bloggers on the lack of ethnic diversity in the arts. This past week she posted On White Privilege and Museums that explores museums as venues of white privilege. Comments responding to the latter post are plentiful (over 30) and range across a broad spectrum from support to rejection with opinions divided more-or-less akin to a bell-shaped curve.
An important tool for approaching diversity in museums rests in Simon’s model of the co-creative projects she discusses in The Participatory Museum. Simon (2010:187) writes the purpose of a co-creative community project is “To give voice and be responsive to the needs and interests of local community members; to provide a place for community engagement and dialogue; and to help participants develop skills that will support their own individual and community goals.” This nuts and bolts approach was addressed in a recent guest post on…
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So, as a follow-up on my recent "Crimes of Hilarity" blog, I've been on this kick examining the experience of Irony. And in an ironic turn of events, the very night that same blog went Freshly Pressed, we were having dinner with the "in-laws" and I situation occurred for which my only outlet so I … Continue reading Why Is The Despicable Hysterical If It’s A Cartoon?
As a professional anthropologist, my focus is on consumer culture. That's what I get paid for. As a sub-set of that, i am particularly passionate about "street" culture: the cultural conversations and sub-cultures that exist on the ground in areas with more dense populations (like cities) and the dialogues that happen outside of media. In … Continue reading The Evolution of Street Culture To Fine Art: “You Are Not Banksy”
I was at one of the many annual "fests" in my neighboring urban "hood" today that featured the usual of booze, art, foods on sticks and live local bands. As I was marveling at the aesthetic and subcultural wonderland that I had forgotten was one of my favorite things about summer, I stumbled across the … Continue reading The culture and art of clothing