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posted on 06.11.09

Take it to the Streets!


Not all contemporary art is displayed in the confines of an art gallery. Today's artists have become rather inventive when it comes to disseminating and sharing their work. Nowadays you can stumble upon art in the supermarket (Shopdropping), on the street (Graffiti Art), or in your mailbox (Mail Art).
Here's a list of "guerilla art" blogs to delight and inspire you - and to make sure you keep an eye out for art in unexpected places.

FATCAP
http://www.fatcap.com
This blog demonstrates that graffiti art is more than a tag sprayed on a concrete wall. Besides the "regular" graffiti and street art, Fatcap also features ephemeral practices such as Sand Art, Contextual Street Art, Light Graffiti, Graffiti on Cars, and any other innovative idea artist have dreamed up to bring art to the public space.

THE WOOSTER COLLECTIVE
http://www.woostercollective.com
"This site is dedicated to showcasing and celebrating ephemeral art placed on streets in cities around the world".
Check out art forms such as braille graffiti, photographic installations, mud stencils, sticker art, and much, much more.

GRAFFITI RESEARCH LAB
http://graffitiresearchlab.com
"Dedicated to outfitting graffiti artists with open source technologies for urban communication"
GRL will get you motivated to try your hand at new types of public art with examples and instructions. Learn how to make LED Throwies, write into the night sky with lasers, and use digital projections to create 'interactive architecture' (called "projection bombing").

PAPER MONSTER
http://papermonster.wordpress.com
Besides promoting the artist's own work, Paper Monster's blog focuses on stencil graffiti worldwide, including calls for submissions, featured artists, and reviews of art shows featuring stencil art.

GROUNDSWELL
http://blog.groundswellcollective.com
"Dedicated to critical cultural production at the intersection of art and activism"
This blog covers alternative public art projects which are aimed at promoting social change. Put your talents to good use!

WEBURBANIST
http://weburbanist.com
"Urban Design, Culture, Travel, Architecture, and Alternative Art"
You'll have to look past the garish layout and annoying banner ads to fully appreciate this comprehensive compendium of all things alternative: articles on shopdropping, guerilla art, reverse graffiti, subvertising, culture jamming,... it's all there.

GUERILLA INNOVATION
http://www.guerrilla-innovation.com
"Creative + Unconventional + Interventionistic"
A showcase of unusual guerilla art, including grassfiti, knitted street signs, bathroom tile art, advert removal campaigns, and a whole range public art actions. Gets your creative juices going.

URBAN PRANKSTER
http://urbanprankster.com
"Urban Prankster covers pranks, hacks, participatory art, flash mobs, and other creative endeavors that take place in public places in cities around the world."
Performance art with a subversive twist.

MAIL ART POSTCARD EXHIBITION
http://digitalmailart.blogspot.com
Sometimes the medium is the message. In the case of Mail Art the medium is the postal service. Stick a stamp on it and get your local post office to send it and - voilà - you've got yourself some mail art. This blog showcases great mail art from around the world.

MAIL ART PROJECTS
http://mailartprojects.blogspot.com
Discussions about Mail Art, Calls for Entires, and announcements of mail Art exhibitions from around the world. Go buy stamps now!

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