450 x 300 cm
In street art, and stencilling in particular, having an artist represent a character from popular culture is nothing unusual. Moreover, it is how most of the contemporary street artists started their careers because they needed a suitable model to practice with. But Bug, twosome that is not active anymore, had a whole array of famous scenes or characters, ranging from music and movies to sports. And, naturally, one has to be ‘initiated’ into the popular culture in order to understand the references. For example, until recently, one of their most popular artworks was still visible in the city area of Vračar, where they presented a famous scene from the 1986 football World Cup, where Maradona scored a goal, the scene usually being referred to as ‘The Hand of God’. In another piece, only those that love and respect a masterpiece of science fiction, Blade Runner from 1982, can readily recognize Rachel, the human-like android that was made so perfectly that she became an ideal, a perfect woman. We find many popular culture characters spilling into the early graffiti culture, from comics and video games and in the form of animated characters. These graphic disciplines have one thing in common – the quality of line. Even today, this cross-pollination of different graphic expressions is still happening and is very much present in contemporary street art.
Exhibitions with this piece
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!