Wednesday, April 22, 2009

street art 2: recognition, appreciation

see the one-but-previous post. [and see -of course- the wikipedia entry on street art.]

if you take the time to view the video, you might come across some very intriguing art works. i'm often amazed at what i see on the street. apart from the obvious artistry, there's a lot of hard work and dedication going into many of these works.

i don't mean this as a general tribute to every tag and graffiti-like work (because there are many less appealing ones, perhaps even the majority, i'm not keeping score since i tend to ignore what doesn't appeal).

but i would like to thank all those anonymous artists which really put in their talent, time and effort to produce their art on the streets.

you might want to read this article on street art in sweden [link is now defunct, 2014] by nicholas claude, who is also the photographer of the picture below:

street art in stockholm, photo by nicholas claude

the article discusses pros and contras, since many people experience street art as defacing and/or damaging of property. perhaps i will return to this in later posts. [postscript 2014: the article has been removed and is completely unfindable].

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

mary & jesus on the road to damascus

mary & jesus on the road to damascus; own work 2008
mary & jesus on the road to damascus (own work, 21 x 30 cm, mixed media on paper, 2008)

coming from a christian culture, which produced a lot of beautiful art works centered around mary and jesus (my favourites especially are the mare de déu sculptures from catalunya), i find myself creating art works which draw on that tradition. they should not be seen as religious - i'm personally not a fan of whatsoever religion- but rather as a link to a universal spirituality which binds us all.

to be continued.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

street art 1: graffiti in eindhoven

i ain't gonna say shit dude. just click the flick.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

trees, hills

trees, hills; own work 2009
trees, hills (own work, 80 x 110 cm, acrylic and ink on canvas, 2009)

just a new painting, which i'll be showing in an upcoming short exhibition. i also managed to take some pictures of a statuette which i borrowed back from the owner, i think i might put them up also.

see previous two posts: my trijntje-fop-blog is still taking up most of my writing energy, sorry. i managed to revise around 55 of the around 160 trijntje fop poems now, that means i'm going to be tied up quite some time still to come. but i'm strangely satisfied with these light poems, with all their connotations and (hyper)links to the art world and beyond.