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 itself also full of references to art.
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.
As is evident from the numerous images of spray cans, marker pens and paint rollers that can be found on the streets, you cannot but conclude that graffiti and street artists are very keen to call attention to the material that enables them to display their artistic skills. Art about making art, or in other words; meta art.
Tal van graffiti-spuiters en street artists hebben een zelfverzonnen cartoonesk figuurtje tot hun handelsmerk verheven. KBTR en Oxalien zijn twee in het oog springende voorbeelden. Het zijn de namen van zowel die malle wezentjes als van de kunstenaars zelf. De driftige dwerg met rode puntmuts en de opgeblazen roze kauwgombal …