CALL IT STREET ART, CALL IT FINE ART, CALL IT WHAT YOU KNOW is a group exhibition of graffiti and mural artists recognized for their work in public spaces across the city of Houston. These talented artists work with a tremendous sense of purpose, urgency, and fearlessness that, while not adhering to the traditions of fine art, enable them to communicate in a manner that is widely accessible. Producing works of art that are distinctly of this time, the artists in this exhibition express the madness and genius of their creative endeavors.
The idea of this exhibition was to give these artists an opportunity to create works in a space where they can more freely explore their art, a space where they can pull from their experiences to develop and push their work further.
The boldness and scale, the style and rawness of their work reflect an attitude against the conventions of what art should be. Working in public spaces, they reflect a generation encumbered by consumer values in a fast-paced, irrationally developing society. The result is an expression of personal anarchism.
As the world becomes more corporatized and monotonous, and thus continues to render our lives evermore insignificant, these artists articulate the sentiments and attitudes that carry a message of personal growth. Through a methodology that is not dependent on the marketplace, they stand firm, not buckling under institutional pressures of either the art world or of a society as a whole.
Their styles are those of protest and disengagement. These artists have embraced a way of life that challenges us to adopt an alternative outlook on creativity and context.
- Jordan Poole