A collage composed of found stickers, by Tom Fruin at the Buia Gallery in New York in February ’08. A few of the street artists represented include: Royce Bannon, Over Consume and Ambusch. (Photos by C-M unless otherwise noted.)
For the purpose of this blog, I spend much of my spare time photographing just about everything the art industrial complex sees fit to churn out: paintings, sculpture, video, and totally weird breakfast buffets. In the past six months, I’ve noticed a small, but growing trend: studio artists (including the late Robert Rauschenberg) incorporating street and graffiti art into their work.
This takes various guises. There are painters who incorporate graffiti art into urban landscapes, assemblage artists who use elements of real-live street art in collages and sculptures, and art photographer types who go out and document all of the beautiful decay. It’s one of those interesting art world conundrums: on its own, most street art and graffiti isn’t thought to have much artistic or monetary value. But clearly there is some potency residing in this imagery if studio artists are remixing and reconfiguring it for the pristine walls of commercial galleries.
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Jessica Hess at the Jeff Bailey Gallery in NYC, February 2008. Two paintings on paper. The one on the left features a piece by Jumbo and a pasteup-cat by Elbow-Toe. See an original Jumbo here.
Detail: A close-up of Hess’s painted reproduction of Elbow-Toe’s cat. Here’s a look at Elbow-Toe’s original woodcut print in Brooklyn.
Light House Wall, 2007, a transfer by Robert Rauschenberg at Pace Wildenstein, exhibited in January 2008. The upper right hand corner of the piece features the work of various New York City street artists. See the detail below.
Detail of Rauschenberg’s Light House Wall. To the right, clockwise from top, paste-ups by Kelly Burns, Elbow Toe, Bowl of Cherries, Judith Supine and Gaia. See the original wall.
A collage of a face, made up of small, individual paintings on canvas board, by Cameron Gray at the Pulse Art Fair in New York in March, 2008. A number of the individual panels featured street art and graffiti. See below.
Detail: Gray also incorporated a painting of California artist Skullphone’s signature paste-ups. See an original here.
Threshold Apprehension, a sculpture with found stickers by Diego Fernandez, spotted at the Armory Show in New York, in March of ’08. Represented among the stickers are street artists such as Wrona, Over Consume, Tattoo, the Irak Crew, Read More Books and Ana Peru.
Painted sculpture depicting graffiti on Whitechapel Road in London by Miranda Donovan. (Image courtesy of Moco Loco.)
If you know the names of any the artists represented in the pieces here, let me know who and which piece so I can add them to the credits.
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