Yesterday I spent the whole day in Plovdiv, with the sole idea to photograph something more interesting and original than flowers, splashing water, kids being cute and such types of banal stuff. I didn’t end up with lots of photos, but I found some street art pieces.
The piece on the second picture impressed me. I don’t know if the creator had anything in mind; I wouldn’t find it bad at all if his motive was to create something original that probably nobody else would have thought of themselves (at least I wouldn’t have).
I did spot some graffiti around the city, but I cannot call them street art. I think that a graffiti is a street art piece when it blends with the surrounding objects in an intelligent/creative way.
I accidentally was able to remember why I began liking (and eventually making) street art.
It was the end of our visit to Strasbourg, and we were headed to Bulgaria. We were in Salzburg, where we had a guided tour and were going to visit the house of Mozart, and some other significant landmarks. However, the most interesting thing I saw were not the historical artifacts, but rather, one stencil graffiti and two stickers on a road sign.
Those three simple things were the most important things I saw during the whole Strasbourg weekend, because they opened me to the idea of street art. I like street art, because not it encourages creativity, but also because it raises awareness. I do thing that bit by bit, a person is able to change the world through it. I will try to be one such person.
This piece is the reason I decided to register this blog. It is supposed to be a pixel representation of a bull, but after some people thought it was a dog, a cow, a devil and a deer, I suppose it’s up to the beholder himself to decide what the picture really is.
It is a combination of two separate influences. The first is a random picture I once say, that showed a multitude of keyboard keys glued to a wall; it was a complete chaos, all kinds of keys, even some media keys as well. The second influence was minimal pixel art. I started liking it so much, because of the challenge – the challenge to create a meaningful image with as less details as possible. It’s really interesting an engaging for me, since I saw one such picture of a boy with a baseball hat and a backpack, made with less than two hundred pixels – insane!
One morning I thought about those two things, when I suddenly realized that I could easily combine them, for the keys are, pretty much, square shaped. I made some sketches, but I was afraid to place it outdoors, because in my little town, weird looking objects that don’t seem to serve some meaningful purpose do not survive for long. There was one solution – to make it somewhere high, so vandal freaks couldn’t reach it.
As I wondered where I should place the first piece of the (would-be) series of keyboard-minimal-pixel-street-art installations, I recalled of a crafts shop, where the shopkeepers seemed open to art in general. I talk with them about my ideas and they liked, so I asked them if I could place my art right next to their shop, and they were kind enough to say yes. The rest is details. What matters is that the idea I had didn’t remain as such, but actually was expressed.
This is my third weblog (if I don’t count my Tumblr). It is dedicated to street art, mainly the things I’ve done, but still I will try bringing other stuff as well. nomday is the nickname I chose as such artist, because I want to leave nixp just as my internet nickname.