Camina de Esta Manera

For those of you who have stuck with me through my week of Spain posts, I have one more for you! Don’t worry, this one is all pictures of the street art I saw in Granada. Enjoy!

p.s. If you are interested in reading more, one of my partners in crime (or travel) just posted his perspective on our Spanish adventure. Check out Eric’s blog here!

7:30 AM: Our first graffiti sighting in Granada.

It's always a party in Granada.

It's always a party in Granada.

Translation: Friends for life

This one's a little harder to spot...

Some mischievous art hiding behind the fence.

Performance art! Thanks Chris...

Now we get a little more political. Translation: Houses without people, people without a house! A street that talks.

I'm having a bit more trouble with this translation. Anyone have any ideas? I think "poyas" is some kind of Spanish slang...

Translation: TV is house arrest and a <something> routine.

Viva el arte de calle en Granada!

Walk This Way: From Street to Gallery

Shepard Fairey on the streets

Shepard Fairey is an American graphic designer turned street artist who is perhaps most well known for the iconic “HOPE” posters used in Obama’s 2008 campaign. I’ve been familiar with his work for a while, so I was excited to see that he had made an appearance in Copenhagen!

I later discovered that his work in the city was sort of commissioned by a gallery called V1 in the old meatpacking district, which has been revitalized into a hip area with galleries and restaurants. Some of the work was greeted with much controversy.

Shepard Fairey in the gallery

I was fortunate enough to get to see the gallery exhibit before it closed. It was interesting to see Fairey playing with some of his usual images and themes in a more traditional setting and with different materials.

While I really enjoyed the gallery and think it shows Fairey’s growth as an artist, it does raise an interesting question about street artists who step off the street: are they selling out, or just being smart and trying to make a living off their work?

Some people weren't too happy about Shepard Fairey's controversial commissioned work on a former youth center.

Check out all the posts in the street art series Walk This Way!

Bike This Way

Last week I went on a bike trip around Copenhagen to look at different urban squares and I learned that, as much as I absolutely love biking around the city, it’s really not a good idea for me. I’m actually quite a good biker (and even managed to do it Copenhagen style, in heels!), but the problem is I get easily distracted. When I’m walking, this isn’t a problem; I can stop, take pictures, change my course to follow something shiny, etc. But when I’m biking, I either have to let things fly past me or take the risk and look at them while I roll along.

I chose the risk, and skillfully captured these street art gems for your enjoyment!

Can you spot the street art? This was the guy who prompted me to pull out my camera in the first place.

Wallpaper-like art in one of the squares we visited.

This is apparently done by a pretty well-known Danish artist who likes to put somewhat surreal pieces around the city. Also, note the political poster hanging in the foreground, leftover from elections. That's Helle, Denmark's new (and first female) Prime Minister.

Street art or just a whimsically painted facade?

I like to think that's me on the bike!

Amazingly, I caused no accidents and have yet to be taken out by a biker! I’m sure it will happen though, it’s only a matter of time.

Check out all the posts in the street art series Walk This Way!

Walk This Way: Two Sides of the Same Coin

…or at least of the same alley. These two murals were across from each other in a small covered alley in Frederiksberg. They have different signatures, but I have to wonder if they were done in collaboration or commissioned.

Regardless, they’re beautiful and they brightened my day as I waited out the storm!

Check out all the posts in the street art series Walk This Way!

Walk This Way: An Urban Scavenger Hunt

Street art, public art, graffiti, vandalism: call it what you will, but this stuff is all over Denmark in a way you won’t see in the states. Which is lucky for me, because ever since I saw the documentary Exit Through the Gift Shop (if you haven’t seen it, you should), I’ve been obsessed with the stuff.

You can imagine my excitement when I discovered that we would be discussing street art in the one-credit class on contemporary art in Copenhagen, including a field study to a street art exhibit which we went to last Wednesday!

Right to left: Andy Warhol's portrait of Basquiat, kickin' it with Warhol and Basquiat, Basquiat's portrait of Andy Warhol as a banana...

After a quick stop at a museum with a really great Andy Warhol/Basquiat exhibition (see image above), we headed down to Køge, a town just a little south of Copenhagen. In Køge there is a museum called Køs that is dedicated to art in public spaces. They currently have an exhibition (if you can call it that), called Walk This Way, which consists of street art spread across the whole town. We were given some hard-to-read maps and sent on our way.

Art, art everywhere!

The exhibit sent us into deserted and warehouse areas that I definitely wouldn’t have gone to on my own, and really made us look carefully at our surroundings in order to find all the art. Some of it was very obvious, other pieces were really hard to find. I definitely wouldn’t have noticed some of it if I wasn’t looking, and I don’t think I was even able to find all of it when I was looking very closely!

Which is art?

The most interesting thing was that it made me really question what was art included in the exhibit, was was art done by people separate from the exhibit, and what was just there but I was interpreting it as art because that was the mindset I was in. For example, is the stack of tires in the picture to the right street art, or just some industrial storage? Going through this exhibition definitely brought up a lot of questions about what art is. Does the fact that these works on on the street make them any less legitimate than the works by Warhol and Basquiat in the museum?

The best part about the experience was that it really made me pay attention when I was walking around, really made me look at things. In an effort to keep this up in my day-to-day life, I’m going to continue the exhibition on my blog with a series called Walk This Way, where I’ll feature images of my street art finds around Copenhagen! Check out the images below to see the art featured in the exhibition and keep an eye on the blog for more public art treasures to come!

Artist Josefine Günschel painted left her mark on some of the trees around town.

Yarn bombing is a bit of a new public art trend, and it's pretty amazing what these people can do! The work here was done by Stickkontakt.

Swoon, a more well known street artist, does her thought-provoking work on thick, parchment-like paper that she pasts up on the walls and then let's weather as it will. I think one of her drawings may have been entirely gone because of wind and rain.

Pink army was probably my favorite artist there. The main thing they do is take the little plastic army figures, paint them bright pink, and then hide them around the city. I didn't see many of them because of how hard they are to find, but they had larger pieces too, such as the submarine by the harbor (right) and the pink army housing (left, and yes that is a trampoline).

I love Koge for it's support of public art! Work here by Papfar.

Everybody’s got an opinion–what do you think about street art?

p.s. If you want to see more, this Flikr set has some great pictures of some of the art I didn’t get!