Who’s to say that street art is only meant to be on the streets? With the growing popularity of the internet and computers, a lot has changed over the years. Even for the art on urban concrete. Nowadays walls and buildings are merely a snapshot of a final art piece. They are left as a frozen frame or an abonded animation cell. They are used for a bigger purpose.
Even though he’s a street artist, BLU probably became famous on the web because of his animations. He’s the perfect example on how street art can crossover to another medium. He transforms a big space within buildings into a large animated canvas. His themes are usually a play on evolution and transformations. He mainly uses black and white, with accents in basic colors. And what others might consider trash, he reuses to be a part of his final animation.
If you have ever seen anything from INSA, it might probably be his “Girls On Bikes” project. In contrast to BLU’s work, it features flashy colors, sexy tatooed girls and urban fashion. He combines art, products and desire. It’s also here that I learned the term GIF-ITI. He describes it as “online meets offline”. If you see it on the streets, you might think it’s just another cool mural. But the online result shows something completely different. He spends days painting every frame, making photos, and combining them into one looping GIF animation.
Another artist mixing urban art with new media is ABVH. An artist from Serbia, transforming anything into an animated GIF. Even a Banksy piece. Everything he transforms becomes a perfect looped animation. I’m guessing Banksy will find it interesting to see people interacting with his work. But the most interesting part is that ABVH manages to add a bit of his own humor to the already ironic murals. Without even removing any details. A perfect homage to the original artist.