Present day street art appears to have its main emphasis on concept and technique but as yet lacks the maturity one develops when the artist goes beyond this. Again what is art?....is it craft (mass production, technique, use of materials) or is it Art which is all that has been mentioned and that extra ‘thing’ which is not a thing?
The new generation street artists don’t appear to ask these questions. Their lifestyles could be too fast or too focused in their minds. This age of iPad and smart phone, Facebook etc. has captured the attention. With this kind of busyness going on nature gets overlooked. ‘Nature’ is what the Fine Art lineage attempts to temper in an artist . It is a subtlety yet it is there and takes a certain kind of sensibility and maturity to see. Street art has as yet not entered these realms.
As for revitalising cities....at first sight graffiti looks good, fun, thought provoking...but it carries that bubblegum effect that one outgrows in time. It does have its place though. But it lacks artistic intelligence that fine art has. For example...In the design of space where harmony and balance are necessary to evoke, graffiti falls short of that. Our worlds are upside down with exploitation of our minds, ecology etc, from being out of touch with nature...it would be unnecessary then to re-emphasise this all over town (well not necessarily all over town but most)
What is needed is intelligence that is born of nature...our historical lineage and contact with nature, not in the hippy earth cult which was part of the initiation of graffiti, but rather from the likes of the better known masters of art present and past. Women and men who make art that points directly to nature. Again I’m not speaking about landscapes, but about that which is prior to what we see(that which makes art Art and not only craft) and can influence the public without too much explanation. This is alsready happening, but does not have the momentum that the pop cult has. I personally find it immature for artists to stand up and make big claims on new art movements that have their emphasis in ‘look at me’ when there are by far more necessary and humanitarian issues to be addressed. Simply because in our art history these were the steps taken in order to make yourself known. We need a different approach, perhaps one that embraces upliftment out of our present degenerative state of affairs. Therefore more than anything we need to emphasise adulthood in the field of art and not the child who needs attention.