Seen on the street of Dublin (via Wooster Collective)
Came across this gem while reading Wooster Collective.
Great Street Art project by Mister12Gage in Portland:
I’ve always thought it was strange to see large images of celebrities, models and news anchors on walls, billboards, and buses. I’ve wondered why these people are adorning our walls and public spaces instead of the individuals that make up our community. This project serves as a physical representation of the city of Portland through drawings of it’s inhabitants.
Everyone pictured is completely unknowing and chosen at random. Whether your reaction is positive or negative, please let me know by emailing me at email@example.com. I’d like to hear your initial reaction, as well as what you think now that you know what this is all about.
I’m sorry or you’re welcome, depending on how you feel about this.
I’ve written multiple times about my love for Street Art and how much I dig Wooster Collective.
Not too long ago Phoenix artists Mac & Kofie was featured on Wooster for this piece, as documented by Light Rail Blogger.
So imagine my surprise, when, as I was writing last week piece “Something else we need in Phoenix“, I noticed that Wooster had featured the horrible PBR mural that was put up on Roosevelt, only a few feet from the Mac & Kofie piece.
My Objections are this:
- 25-cent beer should sell itself
- The owner the building this is painted on also ripped all the street art and posters off the front of the building, while allowing this billboard to go up
- Roosevelt Row is clearly the “Arts District”, so placing this faux-mural here has only one purpose, to mis-appropriate the slowly growing reputation that so many legitimate artists have toiled to build here over the last two decades.
- It took weeks to do and looks like crap.
I agree completely with the tagger.
Also, to point out a quote from LRB:
“..tagging work by respected artists is a no-no in the world of vandalism.”
Guess what, hack; that checklist means nobody respects your billboard.
The other day I was checking up on my favorite Street Art site, Wooster Collective, and found something unexpected. Instead of great, inspirational art, there was a page-long dissertation on the subject of “Passion”, and why we do what we do.
For a long time, Sara and I have been struggling with the fact that for us, the Wooster Collective website is still a very small and personal blog with no agenda other than to use it as a way to share with our friends the things that inspire us. Some of those friends we know very, very well. We meet each week face-to-face in New York to talk about art, family, New York, etc. Other “friends” we have never met, but we know from the emails that we receive that we share with them a common view of the world and the way we wish to live in it. The blog is a way for us to learn about new things, meet new types of people, and to take us out of our comfort zone so we can achieve new goals. It’s 100% a passion project and a passion project only.
…..To be honest, we’re not sure how long we can do the website. We have no intention of stopping it, but one of the joys of the site is that we can end it tomorrow if we wanted to. Since it’s not a business, the only ties we have to keep it going is our true passion.
While Marc Schiller wrote this message referring to his extremely popular site, I think it can apply to a lot of what each of us does everyday.
Don’t we often get involved in things we are passionate about, then end up making concessions and deviating from our original intent?
What are you passionate about?
What should you do today to make that passion more personal and more effective?