Monday, June 29, 2009

street art is all around us

not so much street art as bunker art
last night, on DR2, we watched a show about street art. if you should happen to know some danish, you can find more info about it here and even watch a clip (or possibly even the whole thing, but i'm on a rubbish hotel connection, so i didn't try to play it). it was only half an hour long and even sabin was really sad when it was over. 

they talked to two danish street artists - OEPS-crew who make perleplade with those little beads i used in this post. they've put them up all over the world, but especially in their neighborhood in copenhagen. to preserve their anonymity, they wore clown masks, which made them a little freaky, since i'm not that fond of clowns.

there was an interview with two women who have a site called streetart.dk and who are working on a Ph.D. on street art, which seems like a cool topic to research--and they make an interesting distinction between street art and graffiti--which they say is just tagging with one's name. unfortunately, it looks like their site is under renovation at the moment and not active. it was a little unfortunate that, since they were just featured on t.v. you'd think people would want their site to be up and running when they get publicity for it...but i digress.

another cool site they featured was knittaplease.com, where they knit all kinds of public objects..like bicycle racks and lamp posts and trees and such. how cool is that? i've seen some of that kind of thing on flickr, but again, the rubbish connection is keeping me from properly finding links for you.

anyway, the whole thing was so inspiring, it made me want to go on a walk intentionally looking for street art in my town and especially in copenhagen. and it made me think about making some. sometimes t.v. can be inspiring. however, what i'm watching at the moment, not so much...but for more about that, see twitter.

7 comments:

Elizabeth said...

Thanks Julie. Just saw the program and it was great to see. I only knew Jim Houser and the people he worked with. I find streetart really fascinating. Now I have a number of places I can visit and explore. Yummie.

Extranjera said...

I'll be knitting stuff for my local stop light in SA soon. Just have to figure out a way to exit the car to fasten it around the pole without the car being hijacked or me being murdered.
Yup. Making fun of stereotypes. Or trying to.

marinik said...

I love finding art in the most unexpected places....
we have a teen in the family who is brilliant at things like that... I should post some of his work on my blog, thanks Julie :)

Bee said...

I like the idea of knitting things for inanimate objects. You should put your imagination to work on that one. You could "tag" something with knitwear!

Char said...

I love some street art even though too often here is also a sign of urban decay

Cyndy said...

When we go to "the city" (NY, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, etc.) I love to see all the street art. I think it adds to the flavor.

But it is a dying art, unless someone with money deems it otherwise.

Locally, it is just considered a crime. That is the biggest crime...

wv: verityp: very pretty in a mixed up kind of way...

Suecae Sounds said...

I love street art if its done with the right intention, but it must be said that some tagging are just plain stupid (on windows, etc). But that doesn't diminish the fact that there are some serious graffiti artists around doing a whole lot of good for the community.