Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Guerilla Art

At her middle school, with her principal's permission (of course), Lila and a friend started leaving colorful post it notes around school with positive messages on them anonymously.  I was telling my assistant, Maggie and she informed me that this was a form of "Guerilla Art". I have admired these types of art displays before that really make you smile or think but did not realize it had a name and that it was even a type of movement. I just think it is so neat!  Looking into it further, I found this explanation on Guerilla Art - The Project:

 Guerilla Art, also referred to as "street art", is a method of art making where the artist leaves anonymous art pieces in public places. It is often an installation in an unauthorized location. It is a way for an artist to express their views and opinions to a large audience in an anonymous way. In contrast to popular belief, guerilla art does not have to be done with spray paint. Other popular forms include videos and projections. There is no one motivation for making guerilla art. However, popular reasons include statement making, the sharing of ideas, the desire to send out good karma, and plain fun. Many times guerilla art is used to make a political statement, however, it is also used to make a statement about creativity.

The Guerilla Art Kit by Keri Smith - Everything you need to put your message out into the world.

This is such a neat example.  It reflects the message on the path.

Called "Yarn Bombing".  I think this is so cool. Wish I could do it on my own trees.

I hoped out of my car and took this in the St. Clair neighborhood in Cleveland. Made from painted plastic bottles.

1 comment:

  1. I so adore this concept and the examples you illustrated here. The energy of it is so juicy and uplifting!

    One of the first web sites I ever designed oh-so-many years ago was called Found Art and its creator encouraged people to leave random pieces of artwork in public places ... on a park bench, between the pages of a library book. The artwork was tagged on the back with the artist's web ID and people could come to the site to share their experience of having found and taken home the artwork, connecting artist and recipient. It was such a fun idea!

    Recently I created a similar web site www.TheJewelryFairy.org to encourage random acts of kindness by leaving handcrafted jewelry in public spaces for strangers to find and enjoy. Discovering your post today reminded me of how much energy I would alway receive through this sort of thing (I'd never heard the term Guerilla Art before, what fun!) ... I'd love to get back to that and so appreciate the reminder. Thank you! <3