Part 1 – ZINE work session. Each student will submit their ZINE page by Friday 7/20 at the end of our last class.
John Fekner was our Guest Artist & Speaker today!
In the 70s, John Fekner was ‘anonymously known’ for over three hundred environmental/conceptual works consisting of dates, words, and symbols spray painted throughout the five boroughs of New York. The “Warning Signs” project focused on pointing out hazardous conditions that dominated New York City and its environs in the 1970s. In the spring of 1977, Fekner created word-signs using hand cut cardboard stencils and spray paint. He began a relentless crusade concerned with social and environmental issues. Starting in the industrial streets of Queens and the East River bridges, and later on to the South Bronx in 1980, his messages were seen in areas that were desperately in need of construction, demolition or reconstruction. By labeling structures and emphasizing problems, the objective was to call attention to the accumulated squalor by urging city officials, agencies and local communities to be more responsible and take action. Read full Bio here
We continued our exploration through street art and street artists. The transition from the non-commissioned to commissioned, corporate sponsorship, brands and business.
Famed NYC Bowery Wall – Take a dive into Google’s search results for images of the various murals painted over the years. Private ownership of this space enables the company to curate who gets to paint it, but the public decides who gets painted over.. Class discussion.
BANKSY In the Museums? How did he place his work into multiple museums during the museum hours? How did he pull this off?
We spoke about and explored the important stencil works of John Fekner and his 2005 exhibition Tawkin’ New York City Walls. We moved on to the works of artist Chris Stain and presented the free public stencil history and technique book he organized for his previous talks at LIU.
Today’s class was held site on scene at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
The purpose of our visit was for the sake of discovering and creating contrast between a high art institution and the graffiti and street art found during our NYC walking tour. The visit to the museum gave us the individual perspective to begin writing our final paper for the course.
Things to ponder:
Did the visit to the museum help you find contrasts and or similarities between non-commissioned works placed into public spaces?
After our walking tour downtown do you see the museum with “new” or “different eyes” – explain if you wish below.
**Wednesdays class 7/18 will continue to look into street art, street artists and various street art techniques. Students can bring in drawing materials and markers to complete our collaborative tagging exercise as well as discuss our collaborative ZINE. I will be bringing in several ZINE examples to share.
Thursday’s class will be a full studio art working class session, more info on 7/18.
Today in class we continued to transition from Graffiti to Street Art.
I wanted to include two more important resources that you can view outside of class::
Much in the sprint of Style Wars, films like Wild Style & Beat Street were important cultural inspirations in the form of dramas with narratives. The two films easily spread to other parts of the world setting the tone for an expanded global movement synthesizing graffiti, hip hop music, DJ-ing, MC-ing, Break Dancing and B-Boying. The three films were all released in close proximity of each other painting a clear insight into the NYC fever that everyone wanted to participate in. That movement continues to grow today.
***Tuesday 7/17 – We will take a field trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art located in NYC – 1000 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028. We will be meeting at 11:00 am in the lobby of the Museum (directly when you walk in) https://www.metmuseum.org/
Please allow yourself plenty of travel time to get to the museum. Bring a NY state ID or student ID.
On Friday 7/13 we began to transition from Graffiti into the medium known as Street Art. We began discussing what falls “in between” the two terms and what that looks like. What are the differences? What is the history of street art and who are the foundation artists that paved the way?
Class Discussion and image show of various NYC Writers:
Dondi White, Lee Quinones, Lady Pink, SEEN & Futura 200
Blackbooks are introduced and discussed. The students are encouraged to create their own and contribute drawings to each others books. Online resources will be introduced, discussed and explored featuring Art Crimes & @149th St. After Day #2’s Style Wars screening, we discussed the importance of Henry Chalfant & Tony Silver’s classic documentary as well as Chalfant & Martha Cooper’s book “Subway Art” aka the Graffiti Bible.
Guest Artist Presentation :: VENG aka Herb Smith will present his work and share a tagging demonstration. Herb Smith will present his current work and his evolution as an artist. Starting out as a traditional graffiti artist while simultaneously maintaining a career as a fine artist. Heavily influenced by Dutch masters, Herb’s unique style ranges from large scale 40 foot collaborative murals to smaller scale oil paintings of realistic birds, landscapes and portraits.
What did you think Herb’s presentation and story? Were you surprised to see how his work evolved in mediums, subject matter and scale?
How did graffiti and street art influence his studio work?
“RJ Rushmore has been involved in contemporary art as a writer, curator, photographer, arts administrator, and fan since 2008. With a focus on street art, graffiti, and public art, RJ facilitates and promotes disruptive art outdoors, in galleries, and online. He founded the street art blog Vandalog, and is currently Co-Curator of Art in Ad Places and Marketing and Digital Communications Manager at Creative Time.
RJ has been featured in Artforum, CNN, The Creators Project, The Economist, Hyperallergic, The Nation, The New York Times, PAPER, Time, and elsewhere.”
ART597.com is our official course website URL for the Summer session of 2018!
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The History & Emergence of Street Art & Graffiti starts off with a class overview, learning outcomes and expectations. A historical presentation on early Graffiti in NYC begins with who the early writers were and how styles developed and evolved. Understanding and identifying the difference between legal and illegal graffiti pieces will be explored.
The two short videos below offer a bit more insight into our discussion today.
On Tuesday 7/10 Style Wars the film/documentary will set a great tone and leave students with much to think about, especially a challenge to what you previously thought Graffiti is and how it can be defined from its origins.
Style Wars is an essential part of the definition process of understanding NYC graffiti.