Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Baltimore Street Art

St. John (2010). By Gaia.

My latest "Letter from Baltimore" post for the Metropolis Web site profiles street artist, Gaia.

Baltimore, like most urban environments, is lousy with graffiti. The culture of tagging is well established here. Street art, though, is just starting to take off. In the last few years, wheat-pasted posters and hand-painted imagery have been popping up on abandoned buildings, sidewalks, and light poles. These works of art—and these are art—evoke the likes of Banksy and Swoon, with subject matter that arrests us in our daily travels and reminds us to again see and question the city we occupy. READ MORE HERE.