GimmieStreet.com - A New Breed Of Online Street Art Community
London, UK (WebWire) June 9 2008 – Away from the galleries and museums, a new generation of artists is emerging. Reputations are being forged not through the endorsement of undiscriminating collectors or banal prize committees but ambitious, provocative and fiercely witty street art.
However, with popular street art pieces now changing hands for many thousands of pounds, is the medium in danger of becoming part of the very establishment it sought to avoid?
Matt Jacobs, the man behind gimmestreet.com, might have the answer. “It’s great that urban art is getting so much coverage,” he says. “But it leaves the question of what makes good art in the hands of a very select few. Gallery curators; the media; these are the people who decide what the world should see. Gimmestreet’s submission and voting system puts that decision back to the people who made it all happen in the first place - the fans, the artists themselves, and the guys who don’t care for hype.”
With plans already in the pipeline to start providing materials – user-approved cans, caps, and so on – gimmestreet’s commitment to encouraging new blood is strong. By encouraging members to submit their own photos and vote on their favourite pieces Matt hopes for a community looking for creativity and ingenuity, rather than a familiar signature.
“People like Banksy and Obey Giant have really captured the imagination of the public, and not without reason.
But the good thing about street art is that anyone can do it – and with gimmestreet.com, everyone can see it. If you’ve been impressed by something you’ve found, you can give the community a chance to enjoy it too. And if you want to show off your own work, you can post it up for the community to vote on. You really are as good as your last piece, and if it’s great – well, who knows how popular it could be?”
For more information, or to sign up to the gimmestreet community, go to http://www.gimmestreet.com
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