Monday, May 9, 2011
The Great Visual War
If you are like me, you constantly walk around with your head down looking at the ground. If you are like me and walking through campus with your head down looking at the ground and noticing the stencil advertisement for Zipcars painted on the sidewalk of campus.
Since my later posts about street art I understand how the most of you feel about the subject, and I can only guess that the most of you are not pleased about this. I am also not please about this, but I can tell you it is for a different reason.
While the issue of public space and vandalism is always an issue when talking about street art I feel there is another issue at stake. While capitalistic America is run by multimillion dollar political campaigns backed by the corporations of America they are allowed to post there advertisements everywhere no matter what the cost, they have now found another angle to get us with.
The battle of that street art and culture jamming vs. advertisements are the visual battles of what is viewable in the public eye. Much like advertisements, there is no avoiding street art when it is placed on the streets, and both advertisements and street art are at a constant battle for space and attention.
The image I have posted is a stencil that I found in the quad earlier today. It is just a small, possibly 12X12 inch. painting on the sidewalk as an advertisement for Zipcars. Now the irony is that and advertisement is now in the style that some of the most popular street art is in, it is like a Packer fan and a Bear fan living in absolute harmony.
I suppose my main question of this is where is the time frame for where and when advertisements are available to the public eye? Will there be a cap to the limit advertisements will be allowed in the public?
Another problem I can see with just this one stencil is how often has the advertising world taken something from the art world and used it into the ground? Not to seem like a Banksy worshiper, but another quote from Banksy is as follows:
"The thing I hate the most about advertising is that it attracts all the bright, creative and ambitious young people, leaving us mainly with the slow and self-obsessed to become our artists.. Modern art is a disaster area. Never in the field of human history has so much been used by so many to say so little." -Banksy
Posted by Me at 1:10 PM