When times are suddenly hard, you have to be creative.
Many artists have gone without work in the last month across the US and Europe and elsewhere – their freelance jobs have dried up, their side hustle stopped hustling.
Artist Matthew Burrows from Sussex in England has come up with a way for a growing number of artists to band together and help one another, to alleviate a little of the financial insecurity, to gain greater exposure to potential buyers, and strengthen their personal networks with one another. What was initially a local effort appears to be successfully spreading internationally.
The ARTIST SUPPORT PLEDGE is not complicated and depends on the honor system. Post one of your works on Instagram for sale at 200 dollars (or Euros) and use the hashtag #artistsupportpledge. Every time your sales reach $1000, you pledge to spend $200 on another artists work.
This sounds like an excellent way to leverage support and circulate at least some wealth in the greater artist community. Also, there is nothing like have the great satisfaction of supporting one another, and feeling supported.
If you have $200 to buy art, we heartily encourage you to check out #artistsupportpledge today!
Our weekly focus on the moving image and art in the streets. And other oddities.
Now screening :
1. Dripped on The Road/ Episode One 2. Dripped on The Road/ Episode Two 3. RURALES 4. D*Face at “Unexpected” in Northwest Arkansas
BSA Special Feature: Dripped on The Road/ Episode One: Jamaica Moon.
Following closely on the heels of our story yesterday of graffiti in rural Morocco by city-based originators of aerosol sprayed tags and pieces in the US and Europe (some of whose first mark-making began in the 1970s), here we have a new video series about a traveling artist residency of formally educated twenty-something creators whose temporary home base is an RV taking their street practice across country. The routes, eras, and participants are different, but there are many overlapping themes.
While you are crafting definitions for urban art and Street Art, here are newer practitioners endeavoring to observe and define according to their background and experiences – all in a sort of self-observing therapeutic environment. While remarkably different from the originators of the graffiti/Street Art scene in many ways, each is looking to explore and embrace the possibility and freedoms afforded.
It’s good to see artists pushing beyond their personal comfort zones and studying their process for accessing the creative spirit to share. For some it’s a long way from “getting up” in traditional street parlance but it is still fundamentally about “getting up”.
Dripped on The Road/ Episode Two: The Stand Back. From Elixir Motion Picture
Now to the Polish pig farms! Another Street Art/Mural road trip movie, this time across Poland with JAYPOP, Seikon, Krik KONG and filmmaker Cuba Goździewicz. See the discoveries, the relationships, the reactions to the work from a warm and considered human perspective.
The beauty of randomness and the randomness of beauty. These guys are fully engaged with their surroundings, the opportunity, the myriad people they befriend or portend to make allies. It’s an uncharted trip where permissions are sought and often refused, but they never stop painting somehow.
Seeing the work here on barns and sheds and even a small car, these are paintings they still call graffiti. With cats and cows and chickens and horses nearby, the new murals and illustrations still feel integral, like a continuation of a conversation.
D*Face at Unexpected in Northwest Arkansas
“I guess this year it’s like a two part mural/installation”, says London Street Artist D*Face of his second annual project with the JustKids organization.
“It feels like you can make a change here. Like you could really make an impact,” says D*Face of his enormous immersed arrows the size of telephone poles in Fort Smith, Arkansas.
A well known international artist, curator, gallery owner, D*Face nonetheless is drawn by something stronger than fame in the city “They are much more appreciative of people coming here and trying to do something positive.”