DAS DROGEN AMATEUR
300 x 300 cm
Das Drogen is a collective of like-minded guys that have managed to blend their styles so much that it is becoming an art form in itself trying to tell them apart. They rarely, if ever, do letters but their characters, with psychedelic bright colours, are always very distinctive. Their piece made for the Reconstrukcija Festival in 2019 seems to blend many influences that we have seen in their work over the years. Here we can see a mixture of cartoon/manga/hero/robot/futurism/1980s styles that are paired with a pink background and the title Das Drogen Amateur, bringing a multilayered piece to the audience. Even if the Das Drogen piece falls somewhere between graffiti and street art, we could safely say that they stand with one foot in street art territory. Rekonstrukcija is a relatively young festival that promotes arts in the streets and, over the past few years, they have managed to gather over 80 local and international street artists and to produce over 20 large murals in Belgrade. This Das Drogen piece is a part of a large mural that was made by 15 local and international artists in the courtyard of King Peter the First primary school, a site where the first graffiti jam in Belgrade took place twenty years ago. This was an event that Rekonstrukcija and Paint Kartel were ‘warming up’ for (for further explanation go back to ‘Welcome to Belgrade’ piece).
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!