Since its beginnings graffiti and modern street art have innovated.
The first graffiti writers started tagging on trains and walls, but new techniques and artists are showing up in a daily basis.
In today’s article we will discover the hottest trends in urban art:
- Artworks on traffic signals
New ways to use letters in modern street art.
Although graffiti has always been related with words and letters we can now observe as the use of letters has changed.
Artists are no longer obsessed with spreading their names all around the city but they are more focused in the social social aspect of modern street art.
The message is more important than the messenger.Patricia, Cooltourspain guide
Boa Mistura, the Spanish recipe for success.
This 11 people crew based in Madrid (Spain) works together in order to create a colorful mix. They always had lettering present in their artworks, even in their early works developed circa 2000.
Boa Mistura has obtained international fame because of their modern street art style. Colour-packed messages that create a connection with commuters.
They became popular for experimenting with more abstract communicating ways. For example:
- Playing with perspective, so you can only read the messages standing in a specific angle.
- Overlapping letters, you’ll have to work your way as to understand what the message says.
Ben Eine, Round style typography
London based artist Ben Eine has always been known for his circle fonts.
He started writing messages in London’s shutters. Mr. Eine used black and white colors most of the time, but that was back when he was more of a graffiti artist than a legal contemporary/ modern street art performer.
His style has constantly been exposed to changes and evolution, and just like the Spanish Boa Mistura crew did, Ben has experimented with perspective.
Pref, the art of camouflage.
Pref ID is a British artists with almost 70K followers on Instagram.
He has been placing the streets upside down with letters that are part of different words. Pref offers the audience the sense of confusion. After the observer is able to figure out the message, he/she then becomes part of a secret language.
This Londonian guy has always experimented with this type of composition, which are now recognized as his. It is very interesting to see how he’s evolved from graffiti aesthetics to a more delicate modern street art lettering.
Have you ever seen a traffic sign decorated with modern street art?
One of the most subtle trends we’ve witnessed is traffic sign art.
Artworks which have been carefully placed on traffic signs playing with whatever the sign is. Artists mostly use vinyl stickers with the shape of the sign and the illustration.
Clet Abraham is taking the lead.
There exists no better introduction for this French artist than “the master of this type of trend”.
He started sticking these plastic vynils because, as he stated in the past, he feels that we live in a society with too many rules and restrictions.
That’s clearly visible in traffic signs, so by subverting these restrictions and signs we gain back a little bit of freedom.
Clet’s artistic interventions can be seen in many European cities:
Yipi Yipi Yeah, Madrid based modern street art artists
The best representatives for the traffic sign art in Madrid are Yipi Yipi Yeah.
Two local artists created a non profit art organization, which got the name from a german song they love. It inspires them both to dance and fight for a better world and revolution.
It’s true they have taken Madrid’s traffic signs, but Yipi Yipi Yeah is a polifacetic art crew who works on a wide range of surfaces, metal boards, stencils on walls…
They always add a subtle irony touch and sometimes incorporate “Typical Spanish” elements with a critical sense.
How are sculptures used in modern street art?
Constant experimentation and artistic curiosity helps towards the development of modern street art. The following artists are probably the best way to observe how urban art is being reinterpreted.
Color explosions created by Okudart
Internationally acclaimed Spanish artist Okuda has created a unique style called pop surrealism. All his figures seems to be placed in dreamy scenarios and these characters are made of colourful geometrical shapes.
Okuda’s portfolio is full of different projects all over the world.
He is considered to be one of the most valued international contemporary art artists. So it’s no surprise he’s been breaking the rules of representing modern street art by creating sculptures.
Check the artworks he did in Boston (Massachusets) called “Air, Sea, Land”.
Art committed to activism. Dosjotas (Madrid)
Madrilenian artist Dosjotas has explored with a lot of different media, creating a very specific type of language.
His art always seems to be hidden in cities, for example in the signs hung the City Council that have been rewritten, or in the usual elements of the city we wouldn’t expect to see art in.
Dosjotas is a critical artist who focuses on the problems affecting the young Spanish population. He is also committed with a different social causes.
Some of his latest artworks include:
- faces of people stuck in high places representing the constant surveillance present in the cities.
Cassandra, a feminist voice within a mostly male dominated modern street art industry.
Cassandra hasn’t only experimented with sculptures in modern street art to create a new style, but she’s also used her women sculptures to talk about freedom.
Our opinion about the modern street art scene in Madrid.
We believe that the city council should promote more events, art fairs and street art festivals around the city center and the suburbs.
This might help towards fighting against illegal graffiti.
Do you think that politicians are doing enough as to promote the urban art industry in Madrid?