Street Art at its Finest Urban art interventions in all shapes and sizes

It would be an understatement to assert that street art is multifaceted. It emerges in all (in)conceivable sorts and sizes. Painted surfaces of huge proportions are alternated with interventions on a human scale. Exuberant use of colours and materials is interspersed with aesthetic minimalism. Imaginative images are side by side with realistic depictions while visual jokes are juxtaposed with serious messages.

Adhesive Arty Ads Advertising packaged as sticker art

Forget about the predictable and tedious advertising posters at bus shelters and on billboards. Instead, scan less prominent places in public space and notice that it is there that much more beautiful, exciting and important things are advertised. Artists, illustrators, photographers, musicians, bloggers, activists, small clothing lines and others promote themselves through sticker art – the most common form of street art.

From Museum Gallery to Street Corner From Caravaggio to Dalí, from the Mona Lisa to The Scream

It’s hard to find a draughtsman, painter, sculptor or street artist who hasn’t followed the example of artists from earlier periods. More often than not, works of art have been (partly) inspired by other works of art, it’s safe to say. In all its diversity, street art has not only been influenced by many other art movements, but is also full of references to art.

The Street is Where the Heart is Hello streetheart!

The heart; in Christian symbolism it generally refers to Jesus, in some areas it’s being associated with intelligence and wisdom, while virtually everywhere in the world it’s also, if not primarily, known as the symbol of love. All over the globe, the heart is one of the most commonly used emblems. From a very young age, children are well-acquainted with the significance of the stylised outlines and the bright red colour.

When a Bike is Stolen, a Fairy Dies And other messages on the streets that have escaped your attention

The urban infrastructure is home not only to road signs and a whole heap of advertisements, but also functions as a medium for yet another form of communication. One that, for a change, doesn’t remind us to abide by the law or seduces us to irrational purchases of things we don’t need. Instead, it encourages us to think critically and challenge the status quo, it arouses our curiosity and, if you’re lucky, puts a smile on your face.

Orchestrated Chaos and Superior Nonsense A closer look at street art collages

A delightful chaos comprised of arbitrary pictures and words that even after repeated viewings allows you to spot new things. What can this be other than a collage? Throughout the centuries, collage-like application techniques appear at different moments and in different locations, but it was only after 1900 – in conjunction with the rise of modernism and courtesy of the pioneers George Braque and Pablo Picasso – that this art form made a real breakthrough.

A.C.A.B. – All Cats Are Beautiful Here kitty, kitty, kitty!

‘‘Get outta here, a page full of cat pictures? How dare you come up with that and how do you think you'll get away with it?’’ Well yes, that's what I've been asking myself too... On a World Wide Web that is ceaselessly inundated with honey-sweet and quasi-comical cat content, this contribution can just as well be omitted, right? Or cannot at all be missed? Who shall say?

Het laatste TiSA-obstakel: vrijhandel versus bescherming persoonsgegevens (5/5)

Sinds de komst van Donald Trump liggen de TiSA-onderhandelingen stil. Als de gesprekken worden hervat, moet er over enkele zaken nog overeenstemming worden bereikt. Het grootste struikelblok? Ongebreidelde gegevensstromen over grenzen heen versus de privacy van honderden miljoenen burgers.  Het ongeloof was groot toen de wereld op 9 november 2016 …