“In the last several years streetArt has become less an act of vandalism and more an expression of social justice elevated to artform.” In the world of hiphop street art (sometimes also “graffiti”) is among the five formal elements and considered an art in its own right. The work of Paris-based artist Christian Guémy (c215), and New York artists Sense Hernandez andWazupkin in Moscow, Bruno Araújo in Lisbon, barrioHearts in NYC|SantaFe and Boston and Sean Southey Internationally; And its chroniclers among the many more, theBronx’s Denn_Ice, Columbia’s Juan Camillo Berlin, the design and images of JoeGoodThings (NYC), (images in Israel/Palestine) Gogi Golzman, and from Casablanca and the North Africa from Mohamed Ahnin, or Madina from ‘Moaz’ Moath Alofi.
But beyond streetArt’s status as equal to or greater than fine art and graffiti’s artistic merits and monikers, as a vehicle for messaging “the Hood News” StreetArt began and remains a grassroots, prophetic voice. It began as an act of beautification and often anger at the system; it’s become a vehicle and voice of sophisticated social-justice which is now sometimes “collected” at the expense of being heard authentically for its messages. GUILDWORKSiAbraham and GUILDWORKSdeXgnHYVE elucidate the authentic voice of street art capturing it at the ground-level, literally, where your eyes see it and (y)our hearts hear it and interact with it, respond to it and are perhaps changed.
Focusing on our core urban communities in NYC, Boston and Detroit, and internationally urban environs, deXgnHYVE’s streetArt collections explore cultural and ethnographic intentionality, and the wide-ranging social statements happening through this venue as a language of social justice, and vehicle for communicating new civil and human rights for our time.
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