I’ve meandered through enough art galleries in my day and thought – you know, I could have probably done something similar, something better. Then I went and did just that. Sad that the public hardly ever gets to witness the truly talented art that comes of these super exclusive shops. The general public doesn’t get much say in the matter which is a bit of a shame, but not really on topic.
One of the elements of design that I greatly admire is the new urban art trends that have emerged in the web design landscape in the lasy decade. I have absloutely no web talent, and it’s something I regret not experimenting with while studying the likes of those at the Buffalo Urban Arts Teachers Academy. Doesn’t mean I don’t have the eye for it – after all my physical art is purchased by millionaires. Some sites today have some complicated and interesting vision which is impressive especially when art isn’t something being sold by the site owner.
Blenderbattles.com was a great example of trendy urban web art before their redesign and reimagination of what it was they were selling. As it stands now it’s an entirely new site and you’ll have to check Archive.org to catch glimpses of the intelligence and sophistication of the site’s design past.
The Wooster Collective keeps it minimal with a header that says it all – for those who know how to read between the urban lines;) Me thinks that could spark up some seriously hot debate in a niche that most people run from. I’ll go out on a limb and state that the owner of the site has a sense of humor and isn’t afraid to defend a position when confronted with an opposing opinion.
Tha Phlash just went out an said ’let’s blast the entire scene on the homepage and figure out the rest later’, but I like it. Feels like I’m standing in that lot waiting for the show to pop off. Probably my kind of urban street party anyway so I’m down. You know what? The site is still brain dead simple to navigate and for the deep searchers there are some serious goodies to be found there too. No, I won’t reveal the secrets of the site owner. Go out and dig yourself.
The scene is growing. It’s an awareness thing and a desire for the people involved deeply in the art itself, like myself, to get our art into the hands of the people who truly deserve it. And those who truly deserve it are usually the ones with a deeper, greater appreciation of the genre and not some deep pocketed transparents whose only concern is that you don’t get to taste it. I don’t work to feed people like that and I never will. Urban art is something that may be growing well online, and in the street it’s even larger. Keep up the good search and you are bound to stumble up on some really great stuff. I’d give an arm, and some paint, to see it hit critical mass.