From architecture through sculpture, monuments, site-specific art, urban design, installations, happenings, performances, light shows, to the graffiti located in public spaces, etc.; you will not see this kind of art which is just in the backyards and corners of the city, in a gallery. Many people thoughtlessly put the whole street art category to a bag called vandalism, passing indifferently by really unique works. It’s like saying that Picasso painted at the level of an autistic four year old, because the level of his most outstanding works does not differ from what you see on the walls of a pre-school. Well, somewhere along the way the education process conditioned our brains so that we know who was Pablo and even if we do not fully understand what the author had in mind, no problem, we are able to shout loudly that this a great art. Hence the hunting for a variety of reality and public spaces.
Mateusz Bamski, a Pole whose works we can find on the streets of Istanbul; talks about Street Art and fascination of Istanbul:
Where does idea of paintings on walls come from?
It’s an old story, similar to others, I started painting the garage after nightfall, the usual graffiti without finesse, and I learned how to operate tools on the street to hook against vandalism.
What are people’s reactions to what you are doing?
Generally very positive, I can even manage to paint without permission but only in Western Europe. In Poland there are a whole range of behaviors, including even aggression.
Yes, the “vigorous old lady” was very nervous when I painted something, she said that it is annoying, but that was an exception. About 95% of the comments are positive or neutral. Sometimes when I leave email on the wall that I made, I get a lot of thanks for what I do.
Did art become your way of life or is it just an insignificant hobby?
I became a bit lazy in terms of painting, but I think it is a passion for whole life, because now I do portraits in pencil or acrylic, I stopped painting walls lately. I try to improve myself all the time. My second passion is traveling and these are things that perfectly cross with each other because when I travel I always try to leave something behind.
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