Guerilla Art Practices and Impact

Guerrilla art is the practice of leaving art in unconventional spaces for the public to find.  It is also sometimes referred to as street art.  The basic gist is that it was art for the sake of making art.  Once fortune 500 companies found this to be a resourceful tool they have used it to subvert the subverts once again.  The advertisements have become the graffiti or the eye sore of the city.  Even if the advertisements are beautiful works of art, it is still fair to say that they are unsightly because they have taken up the so called space of the public and get away with it.  When a guerrilla artist puts up the same message in the same spot, they are fined and jailed in most cases and that is the point that many people want to get across.

“There are many possible forms of guerilla art. Not to say that this is all of them, however, this list covers many of the most common.” Information found at http://www.kerismith.com/blog/archives/000079.html

1. Sidewalk chalk
2. Sticker art
3. Flyers/posters (see “make a flyer of your day” at http://www.learningtoloveyoumore.com.
4. Journals (pass it on)
5. Zines
6. Object leave behinds (money, gifts, junk)
7. Notes (slogans)
8. Graffiti
9. Book inserts (library)
10. Book leave behinds (bookcrossing.com)
11. Letters (possibly love letters to strangers)
12. The age old ‘message in a bottle’, or a balloon. Or if you are really adventurous you might be drawn to carrier pigeons.

There are also many potential ideas for subject matter.

-any form of artwork (drawings, collage, doodles, paintings)
-recipes
-photos
-good luck charms
-fortunes
-quotes
-variations on a theme
-many guerilla artist are politically motivated and find that being anonymous allows them to be more controversial or extreme with their message. Popular with activists.

Example of Anger Shown for Larger Corporations

Example of anger shown by citizen in the non-arrest of Berdovsky:

“Tonight Boston police have arrested one person, Peter Berdovsky, a 27 year old “artist.” It’s obvious the guy had less money than conscience and was “in the employ of other individuals.” But it’s early in this tale. Let’s see if Attorney General Coakley gets anywhere near the top of this one. The CEO of Interference Incorporated is Sam Travis Ewen. If anyone sees Ewen in cuffs, I will personally promise to send roses to Attorney General Coakley and a bakers dozen to the Boston P.D.” (Lambert).

Anyways, I believe this all goes back to the quote of culture jamming that I stated earlier.  It’s going to keep going back and forth.  The industry and the public will continue to fight about these issues until the end of time.  The point is that it is harder and harder to decide what side you’re on when you can’t even see the line that is drawn.

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