Brick Lane Street Art and Chris Ofili

March 31, 2010

My visit to London this easter in a word was ‘colourful’  (although the weather was still typically english!). From the graffiti and street art at Brick Lane to the dazzling exuberant colours of Chris Ofili’s exhibition at Tate Britain, I saw a lot of colour. The amazing thing about street art is the beauty and interest it adds to previously dirty and dilapidated areas.

The street art I saw was a mixture of spray paint, drawing and collage, the artists had been working in a very mixed media contemporary way and I liked that. We are told everyday in classes at the art school not to be precious about our work, because if you fuss about creating a masterpiece it’s just not going to happen. Some of the street art I saw was just fun, while other pieces were really amazing, the street artists would knowhowever that thier work would certainly not be there forever, it would be washed away by the weather, the council, or covered by the work of another artist. They would know however that thier work for a short amount of time would reach a much larger audience. People who perhaps do not visit art galleries or appreciate art generally would be able to relate to the work, or at least enjoy its aesthetics. I am in general drawn to bright and vivid colours…like a moth to a bright light, i found the intricate patterns and colours inspirational, and this is the same reason that I thouroughly enjoyed the Chris Ofili exhibition at Tate Britain.

I knew I would enjoy the exhibition but i didn’t quite know how much. The colours were bright and startling, but often toned down by other colour glazes. The use of elephant shit and small jewel like beads was beautiful and at the same time discusting, a fabulous contradiction. His use of collage was subtle, the scale of the pieces was also an important part of the effect. From one glance you can see the african influences, some of the pieces were based on the african flag, but there were more personal reflections going on in the work as well I felt. My favourite room in the exhibition happened to be empty of attendents so i managed to get some pictures of the illuminated pieces. There was no question  that the works in this room enhanced eachother when put alongside eachother. Iwas sure I had never seen such bright colours. In the same way as Edward Hopper, Chris Ofili had placed dark and bright colours togther, and played around to get ultimate contrasts.

http://www.tate.org.uk/britain/exhibitions/chrisofili/default.shtm

An interesting view from a Tate Modern window.

Green tree at Brick Lane…

A typically english photo, grey rainy depressing, the bright lights of cars, traffic lights that almost make you hear the sound of beeping horns. The distortion created by the rain on the bus window almost lets you hear the rain drops falling.

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2 Responses to “Brick Lane Street Art and Chris Ofili”

  1. Tony Says:

    Hi. May I ask permission to use the last phot on this page (https://jwri.wordpress.com/2010/03/31/brick-lane-street-art-and-chris-ofilli/). Thanks, Tony


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