About This Blog
Welcome, art enthusiast, to my little corner of cyberspace. As you’ve probably guessed, this blog is dedicated to deciphering the urban visual landscape. I’ve actually wanted to make a blog like this for years, but had never gotten around to for the usual variety of reasons: school, work, social engagements, computer issues, rampaging elephants, and the like.
Before we get into some heavier stuff, let me tell you a little bit about myself and why I’m more passionate about the subject of the urban visual landscape. I went to school for art history and art conservation. This means that I studied not just art, but the importance of preserving art and other material culture. During my senior year, I took an awesome senior seminar called “Folk and Outsider Art,” which discussed art not typical to the traditional high art found in the art historical cannon. This class gave me the opportunity to focus my research on street art and the urban visual landscape. However while writing my term paper, I discovered how hard it was to write an art history paper on such a contemporary and ephemeral subject! There aren’t too many cohesive sources other than Wikipedia, contemporary art magazines, some independent films, and blogs that have the capacity to deal with a cultural phenomenon that’s been evolving so rapidly over the past few decades.
Of course, since this blog is called “Street Art Scene,” that’s the primary area of interest. I’m not saying that I know or even understand everything that’s going on, but every week I intend to highlight an area, an artist, or collective to ruminate upon. However, because I am interested in how street art engages and responds to the urban visual landscape as a whole, I will be commenting about the corporate visual landscape, graffiti, murals, and community opinion.
If you have any comments or suggestions, please feel free to share! I might not exactly be up with the most modern and revolutionary idea, or part of the hippest and most cutting edge collective, but what I offer to you, dear friend, is the unique perspective of academic analysis. What differentiates this one from other blogs, I would say, is that I will be focused on providing analysis, not just pictures saying “check this out!” I intend to focus mostly on New York City, where I was been born and raised and currently live, but will also draw from my personal experiences living in Newark, DE and New Orleans, LA as well.