An Ode To Street Art

This is a snippet from a post I published in my Multiply blog yesterday. I thought I'd share it here as well...

The walls outside Vinyl on Vinyl (The Collective, Malugay St, Makati) were beautifully tagged by our local artists.

--Taken from Wikipedia --
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.
The motivations and objectives that drive street artists are as varied as the artists themselves. There is a strong current of activism and subversion in urban art. Street art can be a powerful platform for reaching the public, and frequent themes include adbusting, subvertising and other culture jamming, the abolishment of private property and reclaiming the streets.
Other street artists simply see urban space as an untapped format for personal artwork, while others may appreciate the challenges and risks that are associated with installing illicit artwork in public places.

However the universal theme in most, if not all street art, is that adapting visual artwork into a format which utilizes public space, allows artists who may otherwise feel disenfranchised, to reach a much broader audience than traditional artwork and galleries normally allow.

Just wanted to share that with ya'll today. And I was also thinking how it would be cool if we can have a lot more busker-street-type musicians here. I mean, by definition, we can all render ourselves street artists as well right?

Oh, and here's samples of our homegrown talent:

(i'm sure there are a lot more out there)

I guess at the end of the day, if you don't feel that you personally like, support or appreciate such things, then the proper respect to the craft is all we need :)

Good day friends.

- Switch