"The expansion in the first world of Hip-Hop graffiti or TTP graffiti (Tag, Throw-up, Piece) in the 80’s, coincided with the NYC “street art movement” of Haring and Basquiat, and the French “figuration livre”, with street artists such as Blek or Mesnager, both of which continued various artistic manifestations with the street as a medium (D.Buren, J.Holzer, Christo, etc.). The 90’s saw the evolution of post-graffiti or street art as an enriched development of TTP that used new media (poster, stencil, sticker, brush) and was influenced by other references (subvertising, graphic design, modern art). Even though the majority of the artists came from TTP and maintained the concept of bombing, the typographic obsession gave way to iconism (where a character or object was repeated in different situations and formats), stencilism (often of a political nature) and to various forms of subvertising and sign subversion."
This quote is taken from an article written for the architecture magazine Metalocus. This is one of a series, most of which were done in collaboration with Lolo, an Artist based in Barcelona, which have been published in several media. Even thought this city was a capital centre for this movement we have also documented street art in other cities such as Rome, New York, Madrid, Berlin, Palma de Mallorca, Athens, Valencia, Dublin or Lisbon, compiling a data base of more than 1000 photos.
Our research brings us to the study of the relation between street and art, studying the period between the nineteenth century and the beginning of the twenty first. This is when the movement became a discipline for graphic designers, and the artists look to it for innovation as much as for style: sculptures, narratives, actions, or conceptual works were usual in this period.
The images presented here are 9x12 cm. negatives, an architectural format that gives to these works their deserved permanence.