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Call It Street Art, Call It Fine Art, Call It What You Know

May 25, 2013 - Houston, Texas


Call It Street Art, Call It Fine Art, Call It What You Know

An exhibition of twenty-one graffiti and mural artists recognized for their work in public spaces across the city of Houston. Their art reflects the politics of claiming access to the city environment.

Most of the artists are self-taught. They exhibit the moral dignity and the mastery of an art that lie outside the academic and commercial tradition of fine art. In other words, because they are free of the conventions of the commercial gallery system and the university, they are able to develop visual ideas and forms in new, powerfully energetic ways. Their work is a measure of the raw creativity of the community, and their subject matter deals with issues that are both personal and of general interest to an extremely diverse multi-cultural community.

While all of the work is connected in one way or another to traditional street art, it is different—it is street art that has become fine art. It is Houston’s own novel extension of that tradition. As such, it is an important new contribution to contemporary art in Houston and another sign of the cultural vitality of this important city.

On the street, every wall is unique, contributing texture or pre-existing imagery, or at least location. The Station Museum show brings street art indoors, handing the artists big, blank gallery walls to paint on. It’s an unfamiliar problem, which they handle with mixed results.

Images from the Station Museum Exhibition

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