Parallel: The Bus Shelters of Dennis Adams
Here at PublicAdCampaign we go after outdoor advertising because it is one of the main obstacles standing in the way of a more democratic and open public media landscape. Potentially, an open media landscape leads to higher levels of public interaction and investment and therefore a more active and engaged population. While the argument for our actions here at PAC can become much more nuanced, this reduction is a simple way to look at why we make work in public. While we may focus heavily on street art and graffiti, there is a large amount of public work which we neglect. It seems that Gaia, over at Vandalog, is starting a series of posts on public works which might escape the critical eye of those immersed in the world of street art and graffiti. Vandalog is a wonderful resource for contemporary urban art issues and I highly suggest visiting the site often. I wanted to repost this first post in a series GAIA calls Parallel in hopes that our readers will catch the upcoming posts on the topic which are sure to be of interest.
Once and a while I am going to post art works, whether they be installations, video, or other ephemera, that exist in the public realm and have existed parallel to contemporary street art but have been categorized into other art movements. Since the dawn of modernity and urbanization, there has been a rich history of artists using the city as their medium and subject, from impressionism to fluxus. Yet interestingly, these street practices that have existed before contemporary Street Art do not have much of a presence on the internet and the dissemination of these works are still limited to access to institutions and exhibits. [More Here]