Enter the World of Street Art with Wooster CollectiveJanuary 5, 2012 at 11:00 am | Posted in Conventional Art | Leave a comment
Tags: art, graffiti
Hello, fellow artists! It’s the Imikimi Team here, and we’re so excited to have you back for yet another exciting feature. Sometimes art’s home extends beyond the canvas, computer screen, and art gallery. Sometimes art is not contained within walls, but sometimes incorporated into walls and their surroundings. And that’s why today, we’re doing to be doing something a little different by featuring Wooster Collective.
Created a decade ago in 2001, the Wooster Collective is an online destination devoted to showcasing the best “street art” the world has to offer. The term “street art” often has connotations with graffiti, and while some of that is certainly featured, so too are other forms, such as sculpture, installations, chalk drawings, light graffiti, performance, murals, and so much more. The street art movement of the underground has come to the surface, and the Wooster Collective does its best to shine a light on it.
Let’s take a quick virtual stroll on over to WoosterCollective.com. Immediately, you’ll be struck by the bold visuals and slick design of the website. Using the basic blog layout, yet managing to shake up the format a bit, you’ll see the latest and greatest posts to be featured. From here, it’s simply a matter of seeing what grabs your attention. For many of the posts, you’ll see the name of the artist and the city/country where the street art was found. And of course, there is also a large, bold preview image above to draw you in. Clicking on this will take you to the full-size image where you can bask in its creativity and fantastic aesthetics.
If you’re looking for a certain style of art, be sure to click the “Filter by Topic” link at the top. But for the most part, there’s very little “clicking around” that needs to be done. Everything is very easily digestible, enabling you to scroll down the page, loading more posts as you go. Videos are right there on the homepage, not buried within a link. So you can just see something, click play, and see if it strikes your fancy. If it doesn’t, simply move onto the next one; there’s sure to be something which grabs hold of your attention and doesn’t let go.
Not just limited to photos of awesome art found adorning cities (and nature), videos are regularly posted, which perhaps feature an artist in action, creating his or her masterpiece. Or perhaps an interview, or animation, or a time-lapse of a work being created. All these things can be found. The interviews can be a particular help, allowing us to gain insight into what causes an artist “to tick,” what makes them do what they do, and what inspires them.
Another thing that is truly great about Wooster Collective and the art it features is the sense of community it evokes. To see beautiful works all over the world, from Tokyo to Athens to Mexico City. Los Angeles, Paris, Vancouver, and more. The fact that no matter where we are, the desire to create art permeates our culture, being a sort of “universal language.” For 99% of the artists featured, there is no material gain to be made from their art They are not paid. And the works themselves are mostly ephemeral creations. Fleeting. Temporary. Some of this art lasts for only weeks or months. For others, it can be as little as a few hours. So to witness these works in person is an experience that relatively few people can share. This is why works by more well-known artists such as “Banksy” captivates the curiosity of passersby.
As always, we sincerely want to thank you for taking the time to stop by the official blog of Imikimi. We hope these features inspire you a little each day. Stay tuned for more, as we’ll have more features coming for you in the future!
The Imikimi Team
“Speak softly, but carry a big can of paint.” — Banksy