It's also an event I just took part in, a collaboration with six other artists that I was invited to participate in. It was a lot of fun, and one of the only real 'exhibitions' I've ever taken part in, with an opening and all the rest. I won't mention the rest of my art resumé, it's a bit embarrassing. The best parts have all been chronicled on this blog already. Pretty much. Except for when I've been lazy. Of course, nothing was for sale and all the art will be gone in a month or so and I'll be left with memories and photos, if not more cash in my pocket.
Here's a picture:
Schmuck that I am, I only took pictures of my own work, but maybe that's just as well as I'm going to start being mean now. One of these days this tendency is going to bite me in the ass, and I hope it's not today. I really did enjoy participating in the event and I'm very pleased I got to take part. I may have to say that several more times as a disclaimer.
I'm not going to be super mean. It's just that the whole concept of the show was a bit weird for my taste, calling it 'street art indoors' and all that (I didn't come up with that title). The thing is that almost none of the artists involved actually do any work on the street, with the exception of myself and possibly one other. It's more 'street art' as a trend rather than, you know, art on the street.
You could say that any art on the street is street art, couldn't you? By that definition, a statue of a politician in the median of the road would be street art, right? I would say no. So then does it need to be clandestine/illegal to be street art? I would say not necessarily although others would disagree. Why is some work street art and other work is graffiti? Why do I say, with some frequency to anyone who will listen, that there is no real street art scene here in Salvador?
These are all very interesting questions and I hope you enjoyed them. I hope they keep you awake tonight as you turn them over and over in your brain. But this is the real question that came to mind during this collaboration: if you take a bunch of artists who don't work on the street and you put them in an institutional space (this was actually in a foyer, not a gallery) and have them make some art, can you call it street art? Even if you qualify it as 'street art indoors'?
As they say on Fox News right after they've told you what they expect you to think: You Decide.
But I really enjoyed myself and I hope they invite me back again next year.
Here's another picture from my contribution: