One of the best things of urban or street art for me is that artists use materials and spaces that most of us would probably recycle or reuse for other purposes in the best of cases. That was quite clear in the Urban Masters Exhibition in the London East End.
I realise that this might not be the most enthusiastic of presentations for an exhibition that I enjoyed quite a bit. Go on reading if you are curious enough to see alternative platforms for art works. I am posting a few pictures below from that exhibition.
To begin with, the signal that shows the way to the exhibition venue is written in a piece of cardboard. Then, the exhibition venue. There have been quite a few discussions over the decades about the relationship between content-container or art works on display-exhibition venue. The Guggenheim Museum has been cited in relation to it. In this case, the venue used was an old warehouse, and a bit smaller than expected for this type of exhibition. Quite urban a venue.
Have a few boxes to throw out? Check this Roa. The different doors opened to reveal the animal´s skeleton, etc. So creative.
You can use a piece of wooden board.
Do you have a few spare pins? Draw a portrait of Picasso! The pins below have a spicy topic. Click on the second picture to make it bigger and, hopefully, see the pins a bit closer.
Don´t know what to do with your floppy disks?
I thought this was the best bit of the exhibition. Different portraits depending on the viewer´s position. The artist uses wood.
One minor point that I often wonder about – originality in art. I know pop artists did even conceive their artistic works with the idea of mass production in mind. That is, they knew their work could be copied and they even encouraged it somehow. But, Lichtenstein inspired works are truly ubiquitous. Well, after all it is often said that everything was invented up to 1978.