Murals, Wall Art / Stencils / Sticker art , Wheat-pasted Poster Art / Street Installations / Sculpture / Video Projection / Yarn Bombing

are some of the many different forms of street art

Street art plays a key role in creating and celebrating a city’s sense of place and identity.

But the act of painting art on walls is not as new as we may think. Throughout history artists have created art on walls - cave walls and city walls- to communicate their values and beliefs and to illustrate their lives.

This mural depicts the Wandjina - spirits of the cloud and the rain. During the Australian Aboriginal Dreamtime, these spirits found the place they would die and painted their images on cave walls in the Kimberleys in north-west Australia.

These spirits have no mouth because they are so powerful that they do not require speech. Today some Aboriginal people still repaint these spirits' images every year. They believe that this ensures the continuity of the Wandjina's presence and the arrival of the monsoon rains. If thes spirits had mouse the rain would never cease.


The oldest cave wall art dates back to 40,000 years ago. At the centre of the Arnhem Land in Northern Australia, there is a red ochre painting depicting two emu-like birds with outstretched necks.

Palaeontologists think that these are Genyyornises - giant megafauna birds that may have become extinct more than 40,000 years ago.


What will people think of our street art in 40,000 years?


Street art can take many different forms:

stencils Street Art 

 

Stencils made out of paper, cardboard, or other media are used to create an image or text that is easily reproducible. The design is cut out and then the image is transferred to a surface using spray paint or roll-on paint. 

sticker art - wheat pasted poster Street Art 

 

Sticker artists design and print stickers at low cost using a commercial printing service or simply use their own printer and self-adhesive labels. Often sticker artists trade their work with each other. Sometimes they are distributed worldwide and end up adhered in places where the sticker artist has never even been him or herself.

street installations Street Art 

This 'outside the planter' project encourages participation and interest in our shared public spaces - green spaces, instead of being neglected demonstrate that citizens can play a consciously active role in how our city is shaped.

sculpture Street Art 

A sculpture composed of shipping containers by Pichi and Avo, two Belgian Street artists

murals / wall art Street Art

Public mural commissions can cover entire buildings, or just parts of walls in public places.

Private commissions can be for homes (dining rooms, bathrooms and living rooms or children's bedrooms) offices, or businesses. People like to express their individuality by commissioning an artist to paint a mural especially for them.

video projection Street Art

The Adelaide Blinc project involved a dozen outdoor locations featuring large-scale projections, building-mapped projects, 3D motion graphics, LED installations, intimate and interactive experiences and a 30 watt laser work.  

 

yarn bombing Street Art 

Yarn bombing, also known as yarn storming, gorilla knitting, urban knitting or graffiti knitting are about reclaiming and personalising sterile, cold and inhumane public places.


We know that artists who choose the street as their gallery believe that in doing so they can communicate directly with their fellow human beings. The one big advantage street art has is that allows artists to communicate free from the confines of art galleries and art dealers . The motivations and goals that drive them are manifold. Some want to question the existing environment with their own language of doing it. Others want to put forward views about socially relevant themes. Street art can be a potent form of political expression for oppressed people who have little resources to bring forth change.


On the other hand, some artists delight in the kick they get from creating elicit art work in public places: that’s one of the reasons why street art is considered a crime by some people. Street artists are at times charged with vandalism, intentional destruction of property or criminal trespassing. In some cities it’s illegal to allow street art on your property if it can be seen from any other public or private property. Street art can still be an anarchic art form that confuses, contradicts and defies simple categorisation; just as it should be.

Street artist  GIRAFA, San Francisco, 2009 / Punishment: $38,000 in restitution, three years probation.

When San Jose police caught GIRAFA in 2009, they called the artist behind the nursery-style art one of "the most prolific graffiti artists in the Bay Area." He was charged with ten felony cases estimated to be worth $40,000 in damages.
"I paint giraffes to bring awareness that wild animals don't belong in zoos," street artist GIRAFA stated. "Just like a painted giraffe doesn't belong on a rooftop, a city wall, or a delivery truck, right?”
GIRAFA pleaded guilty to two counts of felony vandalism and two counts of misdemeanour vandalism. He was ordered to pay $38,000 in damages to the city and property owners.  


Some street artists are internationally recognised for their work and have moved from the street to the mainstream art world. The fact that street art is now far more accepted by the general public is in large part due to the high profile status of Banksy and other well-known graffiti artists. Some cities bask in the glory of their street art; it has become one of the ‘sites to see’. In many major cities street artists provide guided tours of local street art; they share their knowledge and explain the ideas and messages behind their artwork.

People participating in a guided street art tour view a mural by Stik, a London street artist, who has been creating Stik people for over 10 years. Although androgynous and  constructed from simple forms, his Stik  people are nevertheless convey complex body language and emotions. Street artist Stik was himself homeless for a period, hence ideas surrounding human vulnerability are an integral part of his art.

Here at Art Logic, we believe that the beauty, humour and power of street art can inspire and transform society. Good street art enriches our cultural heritage. Street art is also a major driver for tourism and is a badge of a city’s cultural diversity.

Art Logic’s street artists accept both private and public commissions. Some people commission wall art for their homes or their backyard. We also get commissions from restaurants, offices and shops who want to create attractive environments for their co-workers and the general public.


Governmental departments spend horrendous amounts of money each year removing graffiti;

now they are slowly realising that unwritten rules in the world of street art can create immense savings. One  unwritten rule is: "go over, go better". In other words don’t tag or add to a street artwork unless you’re going to improve it.

Good street art gains the respect of other street artists and tends to remained untouched. So art on the street is effective in stopping graffiti. One of Art Logic's street artists was commissioned to paint a mural on someone’s garage doors. The client called us up in despair; the tagging on his garage was out of control. Our street artist created a mural which covered both garage doors; he painted it all with a brush. Since then this client’s property hasn’t been tagged once.


When I look around Adelaide, I see that local councils are unable to remove all the graffiti.

Why? Because the graffiti is going up faster than they can remove it.

We suggest: "Give Art Logic a call on 0432 924 305 - you’ve got the walls and we've got the talent."