It’s no secret that street art has exploded in popularity recently, gaining momentum and long deserved recognition. We’re living in a world in which people are constantly looking for sources of inspiration and stimulation, which street art often provides in the most surprising places. Vermont artist Galen Cheney’s work melds together the painterliness of Abstract Expressionism with elements of street tags to create work that invites us into a conversation about how strivers and outsiders express their creative voice.
Just as the AE’s are often remembered for their intensity and rebelliousness ( think of AE poster boy Jackson Pollock ), so are street artists of yesterday and today. Though street art is being increasingly recognized and accepted, it’s beginnings as graffiti were often considered ugly vandalism, more likely to be white-washed or painted over rather than celebrated.
Cheney’s inclusion of graffiti-like elements against an expressionist background speaks to the evolution…
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