The Issue of Street Art & Graffiti – Part I

The problematic of street art and graffiti has been a heavily discussed topic over the past years. There are two general points of view on these art movements. On one side stand people that admire the various creations of street art and graffiti and who perceive it as a real artistic expression. On the other side stand people that consider it vandalism on private or public property and who are therefore against calling it “real art”. On which side do you stand?


Read the whole article to find out more about these two movements:

 I.            Definition and the difference between Graffiti and Street art
II.            Influence on society
III.            Historical background

It would be illegal ~ Banksy

“It would be illegal” ~ By Banksy ~ Photo: banksy.co.uk

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Who Is KAS?

KAS is a Portuguese self-taught street artist who was born and raised in Porto, he currently lives and works in Brussels, Belgium.
His passion for art began at a young age. His father – also a painter – was a major part of his childhood and had big influence on him. KAS took part in various international exhibitios around Europe. In his recent works he mixes photorealism and puzzle patterns which gives this amazing 3D effect to his works.

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~ By KAS ~ “Don’t Use Me As a Winter Jacket!” – Kuta, Indonesia – Check out: kasartofficial.com for more

KAS has been in Bali, China and Malaysia during the last two months and he managed to paint many murals on various street art events, commissions and live paintings.
He also agreed to answer a couple of my questions about his work – If there is anything that you would like to ask KAS then let me know in the comments! I will be more than happy to forward your questions to him!

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~ By KAS ~ “Eyes On Temple” – Bali, Indonesia – kasartofficial.com

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Evil Education System

Recent mural titled “Education System” by Polish artist Sepe in Warsaw, Poland created for Street Art Doping Fest.
Sepe incorporates grotesque and circus iconography in his work while addressing actual events. This mural is according to StreetArtNews a bitter commentary on crisis of general values. Highly visible not only in Polish, but also worldwide media, this occurrence creates a state of global tension and feeling of threat.
Using the metaphor of a puppet theater, Sepe draws attention to the “rhetoric of war” present in the world of politics, media, and social life. This situation results in “forced solutions over dialogue and debate, fist as the final argument in any discussion, rifle instead of outstretched hand and walls instead of bridges.”

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~ By Sepe ~ Photo: streetartnews.net

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~ By Sepe ~ Photo: streetartnews.net

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Secret Message

New collaborative mural by Mexican artist Said Dokins and French artist Monkey Bird titled “Le message secret” in Bordeaux, France organized by Pole Magnetic Street Art Bordeaux.

The artists said that this work creates a relationship between geometry and text as a poetic knowledge.

‘On one hand, Monkey Bird with their stencils, allude to the ancient ‘platonic solids’ and create a series of unfinished characters like ‘guardians of knowledge’. On the other hand is Said Dokins who uses his own calligraphy style and medieval letters to talk about the idea of eternal return, inscribing texts that refer to the possibilities and limitations of philosophy and the importance of the text as a legacy of the consciousness through time.

These reminiscences of the old antique prints of Wenzel Jamnitzer, Renaissance statuary and medieval forms of calligraphy and the appearance of unfinished buildings or in ruins, creates several reflections about our human condition, where the awareness and knowledge are in a state of permanent construction.’*


Some of the texts that can be read on the wall are fragments of the philosopher Walter Benjamin:

“Knowledge comes only in lightning flashes. The text is the long roll of thunder that follows”

“Like ultraviolet rays memory shows to each man in the book of life a script that invisibly and prophetically glosses the text”

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