2008. február 13., szerda
The Gallery or The Street
The top eight photographs were taken in a courtyard outside Csendet Kerunk. The artwork was all anonymous . The ninth photograph down is of Vaszary Janos's Nude in Studio taken at the Hungarian National Gallery. The final photograph is part of a public design project 'Design a Cow' and was found in the commercial district of Budapest.
We have included these photographs as a consideration of the differences between public and private art. We want to make our art public because it is more exciting when you bump into art. When art is displayed in a gallery context, such as the Vaszary exhibition, it is only going to be seen by a select audience, people who have chosen to view it in this environment. Street art however is more accessible and open to a much wider spectrum of people. We believe that art should have complex thinking behind it but be presented in a simple way so that it is not inaccessible. Many people are put off by the stigma attached to galleries and are therefore less inclined to make the effort to visit them. The gallery environment is often sterile and silent, and appeals to a majority audience of middle class, educated people. Art should be more widespread, free from constraints and inclusive. You should not need an invitation to see it. If art is displayed publicly in the street or in parks or on buildings then it is unavoidable and thus has the potential to be more confrontational and have more of an impact.
We are interested in creating public art as part of our project. So far we have explored this in a very subtle way but we would like to be more blatant with our ideas and creative actions. This is more than art; it is part of a movement to invade consciousness and challenge existing ideology and stereotypes surrounding creative thinking and methods of display.