More pix from the city streets
Street Art Santiago is a beautiful, eye-dropping photography book that includes over 200 images and 80 interviews. Santiago is an evolved graffiti scene and has many murals that are beautiful and eye-catching. What makes this book unique is the fact that the author is also an artist. Photographer and Stencil graffiti artist Lord K2 has documented 14 different neighborhoods around the capital of Chile. He has taken intimate photographs of these graffiti artists at work and has had some intimate conversations with local artists. This vibrant book shows how a community has come together through graffiti art.
As an artist myself, I must say that I am a huge fan of street art. I have never composed any graffiti myself, but have many friends in the industry. I love checking out urban art in my community. This book brought culture to my life as I was able to see what street art looks like in Chile. I found that the author did a great job with the photographs and the content. I was brought into the story and felt like I was actually in Chile looking at the work.
The photography in this book is beyond beautiful. I took a few photography classes while in college and I appreciate the author’s eye for color. I found the cover front and back to stand out. I love the usage of colors and design on the front cover. The focus is on what looks to be a house or business, the brown door is so inviting and is almost asking for us readers to open up the door and read the book. I think that the way that the author integrated the graffiti art on the cover, along with the title is very captivating. It made me want to know more about the story behind this book and what was inside the pages. I love the back cover image as well.
The pictures are large and vibrant throughout every page. I found that the author was very talented in selecting quotes from the artists and highlighting them on the page. My favorite quote from a graffiti artist was, “I don’t perceive it as vandalism or as a form of leaving an ideological mark, nor do I do it to break the law.” I think that this quote is so significant to this body of work and to graffiti art in general. These artists are not doing the work to break the law, but to be creative. I have always thought of art as being a way to express myself creatively. This quote truly says it all.
I would also like to add that I love how the author got up and personal shots of the artists. The action shots are probably some of my favorites. You can see the artists climbing on buildings and completing their masterpieces. They are standing on windows and in between buildings to create these wondrous pieces of work. I loved the sense of teamwork between the artists. On one page we see that three artists are working together to finish a piece.
Overall, I just loved this book. Photography mixed with interviews from real artists is always an amazing combination. As an artist and a writer, I can truly appreciate this piece of work.
I don’t live in a city, so I don’t see much graffiti or muralism in my everyday life, but I was always rather fascinated by the idea of a wall brought to life and transformed from a boundary into a piece of art that transcends boundaries. Street Art: Santiago is full of beautiful murals, but it is far more than that. Like graffiti itself, the book is just as much about text as images. The photographs are interspersed with quotes and interviews with the muralists and graffiti artists.
This book provided far more than just beautiful and startling art. It gave me a glimpse of the rich world of the street artist, the contention between muralism and graffiti, the varied motivations that lead street artists to mark the walls of their communities with everything from paint bombs to beautifully collaborative murals. If I have a criticism of the book, it’s that the pictures and the interviews don’t always correspond. When I’m reading an artist’s words, I’d like to immediately be able to contrast their ideas with their artwork. The structure of the book made this more of a challenge. Even so, you begin to get a sense of each artist. They have passionate and varied opinions about legal versus illegal locations, commercialization, the politics of muralism, the role of tagging and paint bombs, and even the value of their art for the streets.
Overall, Street Art: Santiago is a beautiful book and an interesting read, and it gave me a new appreciation of the complexity, vibrancy, and variety of street art.
~~I received an advanced reader copy of this ebook through NetGalley from the publisher, Schiffer Publishing Ltd., in exchange for my honest review. ~~
Disclaimer: ARC via Netgalley.
Part photo-journalism, part interview, this book contains street art (graffiti) from Santiago Chile. The book’s chapters are different barrios, and each chapter tells you the population, income average, as well as size and graffiti occurrence.
The photographs are stunning – there is one with a figure and a bridge that you just wish you could have seen in real life – and the interviews and quotes are interesting, though at times confusing. One artist admits to doing graffiti because it is against the law, and then says he isn’t breaking the law.
What is most interesting is the connection between the art and politics, something that is not all present in graffiti that decorates many American cities. Rather interesting in terms of the biographies and personal stories of the various artists.
Buskers and street artists really add something special to the world. It's wonderful to be walking along a shopping area and find that amidst all the souless consumerism, someone has brought a little music or art into your sphere of existence.
There aren't as many musicians in many cities as there once were and I think it is something that should be revived, if we can take control of the draconian local statutes in our cities.
This artist was a little different than the usual paintings I sometimes see happening on the pavements. Sand art! Hands up, who recognizes the character? The nearest beach was about 20 miles away, so this guy made a real special effort. Kudos to him. I'm always happy to give a little money to good artists or musicians that brighten up my world this way. It encourages them to keep coming back.