Street Artist Interview: PEZ, by BCN Style

This is an interview wit the street artist PEZ. PEZ, also Spanish for fish. Very interesting personal quotes of this street artist. And also his future perspective. This is something we’ve learned during this Blog. One of our questions was, why do Artist make their art?   Hereby were spreading the happiness of his paintings on our blog.

Artist name: PEZ
City of Birth: Barcelona
City of Choice: San Adrián
Website: www.lawebdelpez.com

Pez

Likes: Paint everywhere, reggaepartys, dancehall queens, skacore, caribean beach, drum&bass montanan cans, fatcap, ekosystem.org, happy caracters, bob sponja, alfredo, free entry, free beer

Dislikes: Police in helicopter, Tvboy, tv trash, the airports, hypocrisy, war, sardanas, the typical questions of street art, your mothers cock…

What do you want to express when you are painting?
Nothing, i dont paint for express i paint for enjoy, but without think my fish is spreading happinees and good vibrations to the people on the streets. I dislike this kinds of questions. Look my work and this speaks to you.

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Breaking the Banksy: The first interview with the world’s most elusive artist.

This interview is held by Lee Coan, June 2008.
A great interview to read. Banksy, one of the street artists who inspired us during our research and for our blog.

‘That’s my mum,’ says Banksy.

He’s pointing at a googly-eyed stencil portrait of an old lady. ‘Don’t tell her I gave her funny eyes, though. It’s not her most flattering portrait.’

Before I continue, I should clarify: officially this man isn’t Banksy. But unofficially, he’s so Banksy I want to slice off his face and put it on eBay.

From my past encounters I’m 99 per cent sure it’s him.

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The History of Modern Street-Art and Graffiti

Graffiti, Street-Art, Urban-Art; with nearly 20,000 years of cultural evolution behind it, it’s still art by any other name and nothing seems able to stem its phenomenal popularity.  We’ve come a long way from the simple cave-paintings of our ancient past, and the amazing diversity of today’s graffiti has shown an enviable mating of resilience and adaptability.  The once-simple idea of drawing on a nearby public wall has become something truly extraordinary in a world increasingly walled-off and walled-in.  Art’s most public legacy has definitely reached maturity.

Not So Simple

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(images via folkloreprojectabstractgraffitiphunk)

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Colorful Art Writers: 10 of the Best Graffiti Artists

There are so many different graffiti artists. While researching graffiti artist we came across this post from Delana at the weburbanist.com. It was more difficult to get in touch with graffiti artists then we first thought. This post gave us so much information about graffiti artists, we reposed it on our blog.

Graffiti Artists

Humans have been expressing themselves by scrawling on walls since the earliest people lived in caves. But it wasn’t until the 1970s that we started taking our messages to the walls, trains and sidewalks of urban environments around the world. The graffiti movement, seen by some as mere vandalism, actually encompasses some impressive and talented artists. They’re attracted by the freedom that graffiti provides; the ability to simply make something without constraints. Some are also involved in more widely-accepted art forums, such as gallery shows, but many choose to remain anonymous and shrouded in a world of secrecy, pseudonyms, and spray paint.
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Styles of graffiti

Graffiti Types and Styles

When you walk by graffiti in the street, do you take the time to study it? Do you look at its composition to determine the intention of the person behind the spray paint can? If you do, you may notice that there are identifiable styles or types of graffiti. From the simple, quickly-done tags to the elaborate and often breathtaking full-wall pieces, graffiti runs the gamut. There’s a whole language and complicated hierarchy of graffiti out there that most people simply walk by every day without noticing.

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Poop Culture: Examples Of Excellent Excrement (street)Art

Art made from poo, dung, shit or however you like to call it, is something strange. Can poo really be called art? Is it Guerilla street art?

Just Leave It, Sprinkle Brigade’s Got It

(images via: Inhabitat)

Forget Joy Division, here’s Sprinkle Brigade, a “group of guys that still live in their parents’ basements”…since 2005?? At least they get out once in a while, lured by the sight (and scent) of animal droppings in an urban setting which they upcycle into miniature scenes of life in the wasteland – with the emphasis on waste. Sprinkle Brigade doesn’t sell their crap, er, art… ok, crap art… but they do have a gift shop at the website and have been known to exhibit their dirty work at NYC galleries. SB’s motto: Just Leave It, We Got It.

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MOCA LA Presents a History of Street Art

This summer at Los Angeles’ Museum of Contemporary Art, guests are invited to “the first major U.S. museum survey of graffiti and street art.” Art in the Streets traces the history of street art, starting from the 1970s up to the present day, concentrating on the key metropolitan areas of New York, L.A., San Francisco, London and Sao Paulo.

Of course, all this raises the question as to whether the presentation of street art in a museum doesn’t take away its inherent meaning and sense of identity as a form of underground, and often anonymous, artistic rebellion. Once street art has entered the mainstream gallery art scene does it not become purely aesthetic? or, worse, inevitably commercialized?

“Art in the Streets” runs through August 8th at MOCA in L.A.

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Amsterdam Straatkunst prijs

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History of Street Art

In the figure bellow you see a time line of the developments in graffiti and street art. This time line gave us a good expression of how street art was developed in the past decades.

The orange lines give the expression of a culture or movement. The black lines combine the art forms. You see quite some differences between 1940 en 2010.It is interesting to research some of the beginnings in the history.

Lettrism is a French avant-garde movement, established in Paris in the mid-1940s by Romanian immigrant Isidore Isou. In a body of work totaling hundreds of volumes, Isou and the Lettrists have applied their theories to all areas of art and culture, most notably in poetry, film, painting and political theory. The movement has its theoretical roots in Dada and Surrealism. Among the Surrealists, André Breton was a significant influence, but Isou was dissatisfied by what he saw as the stagnation and theoretical bankruptcy of the movement as it stood in the 1940. In French, the movement is called Lettrisme, from the French word for letter, arising from the fact that many of their early works centred around letters and other visual or spoken symbols.

The term outsider art was coined by art critic Roger Cardinal in 1972 as an English synonym for Art Brut. Art Brut is a label created by French artist Jean Dubuffet to describe art created outside the boundaries of official culture; Dubuffet focused particularly on art by insane-asylum inmates. While Dubuffet’s term is quite specific, the English term “outsider art” is often applied more broadly, to include certain self-taught or Naïve art makers who were never institutionalized. Typically, those labeled as outsider artists have little or no contact with the mainstream art world or art institutions. In many cases, their work is discovered only after their deaths. Often, outsider art illustrates extreme mental states, unconventional ideas, or elaborate fantasy worlds.

Neo-expressionism is a style of modern painting and sculpture that emerged in the late 1970s and dominated the art market until the mid-1980s. Related to American Lyrical Abstraction, New Image Painting and precedents in Pop painting, it developed as a reaction against the conceptual and minimalistic art of the 1970s. Neo-expressionists returned to portraying recognizable objects, such as the human body (although sometimes in an abstract manner), in a rough and violently emotional way using vivid colours and banal colour harmonies.

Street art as we know it know started in the mid 70’s in New York. Street Art is any art developed in public spaces — that is, “in the streets” — though the term usually refers to unsanctioned art, as opposed to government sponsored initiatives. The term can include traditional graffiti artwork, sculpture, stencil graffiti, sticker art, wheatpasting and street poster art, video projection, art intervention, guerrilla art, flash mobbing and street installations. Typically, the term street art or the more specific post-graffiti is used to distinguish contemporary public-space artwork from territorial graffiti, vandalism, and corporate art. Artists have challenged art by situating it in non-art contexts. ‘Street’ artists do not aspire to change the definition of an artwork, but rather to question the existing environment with its own language. They attempt to have their work communicate with everyday people about socially relevant themes in ways that are informed by esthetic values without being imprisoned by them. John Fekner defines street art as “all art on the street that’s not graffiti.”

Sources:
Wikipedia.org, All information about the Art forms and movements. Consulted October 22, 2011, 2011. From: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Street_art
Graffiti and Street Art is a diagram by Daniel Feral depicting the history of both graffiti and street art from the 1940s to present day. 
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Street art by EVOL

Using photoprints the streetartist EVOL redesigned electricity booths and plain concrete blocks. (2004/2006). He transformed them in desolated high-rise flats.

The Berlin street artist exposed the failure of modernism with this mini Soviet-style apartment buildings. In fact, in an original way he used the blind faith in the tower as metropolitan housing model – yet once a symbol of progress. Evol interventions where mainly in Berlin to see. Are they still there?
 
 

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