Street art: power, no fear of expressing thoughts, rebellion. When people mention “street art” they usually think of spray-paint art, graffiti on public walls, or stencilling.

The Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, had prepared for us another interesting art exposition, this time a bit more ‘real’. Forget for a second about Van Gogh’s ‘Sunflowers’ painting, or about Da Vinci’s ‘Mona Lisa’ . Prepare to face the future of art. Prepare to face reality as you never seen it before.

That ‘jungle of colours’, I must admit, gave me a small feeling of freedom. Surrounded by millions of opinions that emerge from the prints, I had the impression I was walking with the actual artists. They all screamed for attention and each and everyone had something to show, a story to tell. 

The exhibition hosts the work of some of the biggest artists in the street art community such as Banksy, Shepard Fairey, Sickboy, Pure Evil and D*Face, along with other artists willing to have an impact on today’s society. 

One of my favorite was “Free Gaza”, an outstanding piece of art, full of colour and energy, created by Mohammed Ali.

It doesn’t need a description, the power of expression being strong enough to draw attention on the problems in Gaza and the urgent need of breaking the siege. It uses a combination of colours that make the viewer want to react, be part of the action. 

You can find more of his works on his official website: http://www.aerosolarabic.com

Another great work is the following, by Ben Slow:

When you first see it, it gives you the sensation you are on the streets, mainly because of the paint, that is intentionally is coursing down on the museum’s floor, that way, us being involved in the making, being the main witnesses, being part of it. “DO NOT obey the rules!” indirectly this form of art tells us, “NOT even here!”. Who said an artist has to follow the rules? Isn’t that exactly what artists do, break the laws of art, and create something extraordinary and original every time?  

[Ben Slow’s Official website: http://slowben.com/ ]

Walking through those outstanding pieces of art, and trying to keep up with what everything around me has “to say”, I’ve noticed some other interesting exhibits:

All in all, “Street art” covers a variety of subjects, from simple ones inspired by our daily routine, to more complex and captivating matters, such as the fight for freedom (Gaza). It invites the viewer to take a closer look at the real world, to seek beyond the obvious and dares him to stand up for his believes, in spite of the numerous fences our society raises.

So, I dare you all to visit the Herbert Museum and to see for yourself what these talented artists have to offer!

For more details on the upcoming exhibitions, check The Herbert Museum website:  http://www.theherbert.org 

Take care,

Roxi ★

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