400 x 300 cm
Most graffiti writers go through a wildstyle phase during their style development but not many take it to the next level. Mac is one of the writers that is truly dedicated to this form. He came to Belgrade for his university studies in 2008 and immediately became recognizable with his pieces that had manga motifs. His pieces are complicated, well-thought-out, large, chromatically balanced, and, above all, impressive. It is very hard to take your eyes off of them since the vortex of colors keeps luring you in. Wildstyle is complicated to master because it is not only about making the letters complicated; one has to twist them beyond recognition and to invent one’s own style while keeping it readable to one’s peers. If one manages to use colors and the play of light and shadow to amplify the effect, then it is held in even higher esteem. Mac’s skill goes beyond that, being able to include the portrayal of manga-inspired characters. The precise and detailed rendering of his pieces seem to attract a large number of viewers among Belgraders.
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!