#streetart as part of our history

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“What exactly is street art?” 

It is a visionary art form that is usually developed in open public areas and even though it is met with negative connotation, it offers freedom of expression. Utilizing tools as simple as spray paint, ink and markers, street artists are making an unbelievable stamp in the history of art.

Art In The Streets, will serve as an eye opener to the world, offering an array of uniquely designed graffiti and street art. the exhibition provides various sculptures, paintings, photographs and other distinctive art forms by 50 of the most dynamic street artists.

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OUTSIDE IN: THE STORY OF ART IN THE STREETS

Like it or not, “Art in the Streets” was one of the most important things to happen to the art world in the last few years, and one of the biggest things ever to happen to graffiti and street art. Director Alex Stapleton takes us inside the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles’ famous exhibition.

From Shepard Fairey to Lee Quiñones, Swoon, Futura, and Mister Cartoon; from Revok to Martha Cooper, Invader and more, the show that took place from April 17-August 8, 2011, followed graffiti and street art as far back as Basquiat and even some of the gang graffiti in the 1940s and 50s in LA. Graffiti and street art are mainstays of the high art world now, and this documentary aims to show how MOCA contributed to that fact.

For the record, I thought the show was tastefully done with what highly controversial subject matter they had to work with.

Enjoy the documentary, it’s perfect for weekend 😉

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ART IN THE STREETS

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:graffiti day in d garden

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.Amazing day today. I must write here about d wonderful autumn inspiration that I had. from nothing I went out in d garden and while sitting and enjoying my coffee I figure out that I have some sprays cans left on d floor in my house.

.not willing to destroy d beauty of already destroyed wall I decide to make some small yellow lines and put few white spots.

 

my friend visit me and she was so kind that she made this photos of me. after that during d coffee we were laughing on d little planets that I create on d wall. smell of autumn fresh fires in d atmosphere and stories from d cans that get dry on d canvas of this material life.

:exhibit “Heat, Thirst, Life” @ BYF 2o11

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This was one of the main activities on d program of d 16 edition of Balkan Youth Festival, Sandanski, Bulgaria. Regular the organization makes this exhibition in Hotel Sandanski but as we decide for this year better place for the type of art that was presented the place for this year was pretty visited coffee bar in Sandamski, named ICEBERG.

On the second day of the official start of this year festival [08.09.11], in d morning, in 11:00 o’clock all d volunteers, members of d music bands & d other participants @ BYF we went to ‘Iceberg’ for d official opening of d exhibition and d most lovely morning coffee.

The day before, me with d technical group of volunteers @ BYF visited Iceberg and arrange d place with our art works. This year there were two artists presenting their art pieces in a front of d BYF audience and d local young people from Sandanski that are customers at Iceberg. The first artist Blagoj Cicerkov is young photographer. He’s 18 years old and in d beginning he was working with d camera only as a hobby, but after he start with journalism and writing articles for different media this becomes his first job.

For this exhibition he do a special tour around d Balkans and visit Macedonia, Greece and some parts of Bulgaria, or cities as Ohrid, Struga, Thessaloniki, Sofia and Varna and tries to do special shoots for this year topic: heat, thirst, life. ..

The second author/ artist that presents his art works at BYF is me. For this year expo I decide to present them one of my conceptual art photography projects called „[3e]“ (tree) where I shoot one trees street in France (Montpelier)  decorated with some spherical balls. ..I also present one project „animated friends“, acrylic on paper-board and the last part of my expo was mix of some visual/ graphic posters.

Emilia Marinova, the director of Balkan Youth Festival, open this year exhibition with positive words first for Us. d artists, then for our art works and for d end of her speech for d volunteers and congratulations for all of us, participants of this year edition of d festival. Blagoj was pleased to be with Us this year and to share his photography, and me, I was pretty much surprised how is possible so many people to have need for coffee in d morning. 🙂

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Few media, including d national TV station were interested in our exhibition, and hopefully we’ve done a good thing with our works and our messages. Balkan Youth Festival is d best place for meeting young people from d Balkans and Europe and sharing our experience!

more for d expo [here]

H O P E

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I already share this work on tumblr because that is usually the place where I share more often art stuff from different artists and different forms..almost all the time contemporary and modern, I decide to upload this work here too.

It’s actually working concept that comes after inner result on working on topic as solidarity. Combination from 2 photos by Ramses The Lonelyworrior from France and the editing process made by me. In the beginning there was other idea connected with this pics but during the brain storm it develop in something else, which result you see now.

the conversation that we made with Ramses on fb for the result of the photo finish from Ramses works and my editing process was very deep and pure.

 
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The photos were made on the Youth Exchange in Arry and Metz, France called ‘Voice of Art’ & organized by the Association Togeteher. More about the project, the art pieces, the exhibition you can find on my other blog connect with my stay here in France.

PotRu in ACT(i)ON!

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Like a part of the stage for Contemporary arts on Balkan Youth Festival I had the opportunity to participate in the painting in two street art paintings.      The atmosphere while I was drawing was very good, the local citizens were making walk to the way to the summer theater and park, from the side that go up, and to the center of the city, on the side that goes down. We were spread in the little forest in front of the hotel Sandanski, which just show the beautiful and big city park. On the opposite side brake-dancers were dancing on HIP-HOP, R&B  and Brake Beat music.

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In the air you could feel the smell of the colors, the noise of the rhythm the spray cans. With smile on my face I welcomed the little kids that arrived and ask me what I am painting, because I was drawing  short cut of the word YOUTH like U-TH,  and it was very difficult to be recognized at the beginning. They were asking me about the colors, and why I choose this word. I answered them that the future is in the hands of the Youth, that all the youngsters could  create better tomorrow. I sad to someone that in the real life if you get material and space where you could express yourself  like author when you want, then we talk about real progress in his own meaning.

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We finished the painting we set the paintings around the trees in the ally of the park. Different levels of light from the street lights was giving different perspective on the pictures that makes them more attractive. The people that were going to the BYF – Concert had the opportunity to see the setting of the Night Street Exhibition, and unnoticed pass in the opening  of the exhibition. I took my back pack, made a circle around the exhibition, and satisfied I catch the way to the concert.

In the second day when the stage of contemporary art happened I decide to draw character with some content around him. I wanted the moment to hit in same time on the character and on the content also, that’s why I choice more simple character and not so complex story in front of him. I wanted the story to show  the vision of one young man and everything to be in one composition with the topic that I draw before U-TH. This time I choose  to draw on a horizontal surface  and I took material long 4 meters, After I put the character in the beginning of the picture, I decide to put my vision in mechanism of one clock, or the process of time passing, with more colors inside. Every deferent position and condition  which every Youth can find himself. Some of the parts are separating, from one they are becoming two and after they are becoming one again.

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I was impressed by one old man, local photographer who was following the process of my painting, and ask me for one photography. I know that I wont see this photography, but somehow I felt nice when he ask me to make a photography. I saw how he sees the life trough the  prism of his lens, and I wanted to be a part of that tape, I know him from the past years. He is one of the oldest supporters of the festival.

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And for him the festival is good. It makes him to be younger, and for me the conversation with him was a lesson, I was following him calmly while he was telling his story and the way how the local people salutes him. He told me the he likes the colors and the concept, I said thank you, for the photography also. I finished the picture few minutes before the start of the concert, we put the paintings around, and intimately between the participants we opened the Night exhibition and with our back packs together with the crowd we went to the summer theater for the beginning of the concert.

Flash Mob “INt(h)egrati.ON”

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As a part of the Balkan Youth Festival program and the program of the short-term EVS volunteers, a flash mob performance took place in front of hotel “Sandanski”, in which the volunteers discussed few important topics with the local people. The topics were presented as frozen pictures on topics that are attractive among the active society. The language barriers were crashed when everyone in a circle was communicating in their own languages. A melodic line of non-understandable language that could be understood only when you see the visualization of their faces and gesticulations. It helped in crashing the quiet atmosphere and in creating collective energy for expressions. Based on preliminary planned conception, some photographic compositions of moments of discrimination, diversity, awakening of Eco-consciousness and presenting the process of recycling of plastic bottles took place. Art-exchange, meeting new friends, communication through pictures and gesticulations.

Opening the doors of democracy, accepting youth with different statements and visions, creating universal society, in which all different attitudes in the process of getting free from the prejudices and stereotypes are integrated.

The steps of recycling are shown in few pictures which present the whole process. Dialogue for collaboration for the future, getting new ideas as a mechanism for the life of the youngsters.

As a whole the performance went well, the local citizens were interested in the topics and the way of acceptance and analysis of very attractive topics. In about forty minutes with a lot of action, laughter and smiles. I am very satisfied of the whole realization.

flash mob performance

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