ATX: Hope Outdoor Gallery
The word ‘graffiti’ has always gotten a bad rap, because it usually invokes the memory of trashy, crude scribbles by heedless vandals. Yes, it is true a lot of works dubbed ‘street art’ are painted onto public surfaces without prior permission of said surface’s owner.
But, what happens when cities (or people) provide public spaces for these urban artists to share their work and even fine-tune their skills? At Austin’s Hope Outdoor Gallery, the result has proven to be a #spratx success.
Doesn’t matter how often you go, there’s always something new to be found. Cement walls have become amorphous and dreamlike. Even when murals look no different, they are never the same. Someone has added something, somewhere, and in every nook and cranny I find an idea.
The Hope Outdoor Gallery is an art project “developed to provide muralists, graffiti artists and community groups the opportunity to display large scale art pieces driven by inspirational, positive and educational messaging. […] The project was officially launched by the HOPE Campaign in March 2011 with the support of Shepard Fairey and Obey Giant Art.”
Nowadays, hundreds of people visit castle hill not just to check out yet another niche that makes Austin unique, and take pictures of it, but to also actually appreciate this form of art. There are also people who go just to watch/support artists who spend a few hours creating new works. I’m just excited to see how many people have embraced this new venue of visual arts, and I look forward to seeing how this trend will play out in the future.
I spent a bit of time on Instagram and the internet hunting down relevant people I could find on the Austin graffiti scene. A few of the regular artists have turned out to be rising stars in the urban art community. There have been collaborations between artists (check out #aerosolinwonderland on instagram), free art friday is a weekly event now (find it on instagram #atxfreeartfriday), and there are plenty more urban visual art events happening elsewhere.
You’ll find castle hill on Baylor and 11th, just off north Lamar. (A tip: early morning is best for viewing/pics) Check out the sprATX website for more information regarding the street scene in Austin. Something exciting is planned for the Hope Gallery as part of an SXSW interactive experience, starting tomorrow, March 8!
note: pics were taken on different days and are not in order. The usernames I mention here are instagram usernames; if I haven’t also linked their website already, those artists only have referrals to http://spratx.com/
the fish is by lucas aoki, @lucasaokiart
would LOVE to see severiano garza at work! @g52cube
do you see, now is the time? @erthink or check out his cool website