Wednesday, June 8, 2011

"Theatre of operations"

Saber is a well renowned urban/street artist from L.A that specializes in graffiti and fine art.

Since his famous graffiti piece done on the banks of the L.A river in 1997 he has gained recognition as a street artist world wide.

Saber is part of MSK(Mad society kings/ main street killers) a famous street art group in Los Angeles, known for their blockbusters, billboard , large pieces and the mark they have made on the graffiti culture over the years.

Sabers goal is ' to prepare the art world for the insurgence of Graffiti art by creating great works with determination and integrity' And many of his works are used as an expression

his feelings about society and politics.

Particularly his American flag pieces ,which he used to express his feeling about Obama's health care reform, that he was supportive of.

However the work of his that I have looked at is a painting he did that expressed his anger about the way graffiti art wok is treated, he said about the painting 'This is a painting I did a while back.It represents the vicious cycle of the creative spirit battling the mundane.Its funny the world is falling in on itself yet this asshole is still going to go out and buff that tag' He clearly shows his anger about this through the colouring that he uses clearly showing creativity while the small man barely noticeable at the bottom of the picture is painting over it in boring, beige color. This painting expresses how a lot of urban artists feel, that their art is not seen as something creative but as vandalism.

He sees the battle street artists face from the authority as a war,clearly seen with the title 'Theatre of operations' expressing anger feels as though it is a battle to be taken seriously they are fighting this war through words through the use of art.His paintings he shows his skill as a painter as well as graffiti artists leaves thought provoking ideas.

He shows the importance of urban art as a respected artform, Asssocited with ganster life and poverty, that most other art is not, reflects a culture often not shown in artists.

As he says about street/urban artists ' we are the ones that ultimatley obsessed with the cityscape, and who have ultimate desire to control on cityscapes '
Heres a link to his website;

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