Street Art by Marko Mihaljević and Bram Birza


Introduction

  • Street art is visual art created in public locations, artwork executed outside of the context of traditional art venues
  • The term gained popularity during the graffiti art boom of the early 1980s
  • Stencil graffiti, wheatpasted poster art or sticker art, and street installation or sculpture are common forms of modern street art
  • Video projection, yarn bombing and Lock On sculpture became popularized at the turn of the 21st century

Stencil Graffiti

Stencil Graffiti

Wheatpasted poster art

  • Street art is often motivated by a preference on the part of the artist to communicate directly with the public at large, free from perceived confines of the formal art world
  • Street artists sometimes present socially relevant content infused with esthetic value, to attract attention to a cause or as a form of "art provocation"
  • Street artists often travel between countries to spread their designs
  • Some artists have gained cult-followings, media and art world attention, and have gone on to work commercially in the styles which made their work known on the streets
  • Street art artists are usually anonymous and the paintings or art they make belongs to everyone

Art Provocation


Little people in the city


Croatian Street Artists

Boris Bare

  • One of the most famous street artists in Croatia
  • He is famous for his Pimp my pump project, he painted numerous old Zagreb city water pumps (so-called Francek) and they have become one of the symbols of Zagreb
  • Eventually he expanded operations to a number of city walls

Lonac

  • Artistic name (eng. pot)
  • We don’t know much about this artist because he wants to stay anonymous
  • He is mostly painting walls with abstract, but realistic, animals, people and nature

Museum of Street Art (Zagreb)

  • Zagreb’s Museum of Street Art (Muzej ulične umjetnosti or MUU) is a scattered collection of murals in various locations around the city
  • The ‘museum’ was inaugurated in 2010, when the wall running along the south side of Branimirova street was freshly painted with works by the city’s best street and graffiti artists; the wall has since become one of the key attractions in the city
  • MUU’s followed up their success on Branimirova by commissioning murals for the Novi Zagreb suburbs of Dugave in 2011 and Siget in 2012; it’s in these Novi Zagreb sites that the large grey surfaces of 60s- and 70s-era apartment blocks provide the ideal canvas for MUU’s increasingly ambitious designs
  • Summer 2013 saw MUU decorate the interior of an old military hospital on Vlaška street, a site which is sadly no longer open to visitors