Thursday, July 15, 2010

"Art and all it encompasses..."

"Who dwells in a realm, magical and barren, Without a before, or an after, or a when... To be forever; but never to have been."

Art is fantastic, and i've stumbled across some real treasures recently. As a form of expression it is not merely a practice of putting pen to paper...something flows and stretches and blooms before your very eyes. I think that something which appears strage or mundane to another can express so much. What was that saying, "a picture says a thousand words"? Well, it does. You can shout and scream and cry or just evoke a calm and cloudless serenity.

Here's a couple of treasures I have unearthed for your viewing pleasure........

Dimitre Zajtsev

I love how colour and dreams collide to creature scenes of abandonment, a sense of loneliness and isolation. I feel like he is transporting you into his dreams and challenging the senses of gravity and logic.

And the winner for courageous political statements and wonderful stencil details is the mystery man, BANKSY. Recently saw a film on him (which was actually more about a mad french man who accompanied him everywhere with a video camera and then let fame eat away at his soul and thus became a commercial sellout), and it really opened my eyes to the wonderful possibilities that street art offers. The public display and the semi-permanent, "disposable art" is very interesting.....the sense of attachment that one usually feels to their creations must be let go of in street art. Some council worker could just paint over it with an off-white Dulux paint at any point. I mean, even though they are mastered and beautiful drawings, we can't be polluting the young minds. Plain old white walls are obviously a lot better, a lot more educational and eye-opening. Cue sarcasm.

"The greatest crimes in the world are not committed by people breaking the rules but by people following the rules. It's people who follow orders that drop bombs and massacre villages"

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