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HOPE IG 2

400 x 174 cm

Not For Sale

Three authors are presented in this segment: Hope, Razum and Mac. These authors have distinctive signatures and are very recognizable on the streets of Belgrade. Hope’s style has gone through several transformations and made a 360 degrees turn from where he started. With the knowledge he has gained, his technique and stylistic changes have taken him back to the roots with a fresh view and he has made a significant leap towards simplicity. As most of those who started doing their graffiti in New Belgrade, Hope took on the local tradition of simplicity and elegance in letters and, with time, deconstructed it beyond recognition. He has been active since 1999 as a graffiti writer, and it is all but natural that his style should change. Interestingly, one of his pieces from 2009, a yellow and black composition, is one of the most viewed and liked, and we can see that several other pieces from this new phase have had a large number of likes as well. All of them have the traits we have already mentioned: a simple shape in the lettering, a single colour outline and, usually, a single colour fill in. Hope likes to use a technique that looks as if there was not enough colour or enough time to properly add the fill in. Consequently, adding something sloppy but ‘true’ to the finely developed style of the letters is taking it back to the roots when one had to improvise before getting the technique and style right.

Street Art Belgrade

TAKE 3

Loving Street Art Belgrade

While there is no substitute for looking at graffiti and street art in real life, it has become evident in recent years that new technologies can add an extra dimension to these art forms. At the end of 1990s, graffiti culture had already recognized the potential of the world wide web as a platform for this global movement to intertwine and cement its reign in urban settlements. One of the pioneering web sites, ArtCrimes.com, served as a gallery where one could see the artworks from all over the world. So, in the beginning, it was the culture itself that recognized the potential of what the digital revolution could bring. Since the mid-2000s and following the rise of street art, it has become obvious that not only graffiti culture and, consequently, street art, have had the need to document and share art on the streets, but that this has also become a favourite activity of those frequenting social networks. Next to cute cats, food porn and selfies, sharing photos of graffiti and street art has become extremely popular. However sociologists or psychologists interpret this phenomenon, it shows one thing clearly – people do notice and enjoy graffiti and street art. In this exhibition, let us explore the world of the digital content and a selection of the most popular artworks among social network users. One could ask why would this selection be relevant to the art world and what can this curatorial approach bring to the viewers? Well, the answer is simple – we wish to see if the audience picks just random ‘pretty’ things or whether there are more significant processes going on. Therefore, we are going to take the photos with the biggest number of views and likes on our organisations social media and organise them in groups so that they can be put in context and analysed. The outcome will be clear at the end of this virtual presentation. So, take one Level at a time, take the ‘wisdom potions’ on each Level and at the end of the exhibition you will have gained the ‘ultimate knowledge’. Enjoy!

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