Monday, 12 September 2011

Ceramics & Street Art

I have always been interested in street culture and street art; the material and aesthetic aspects of it, as well as the interactive dialogue which occurs on the street.

The series of tiles pictured were made of teracotta and porcelain slip. The making process and the sgraffito images were done quickly and placed in the street in selected areas where different types of street art were prevalent.

The monster-like characters portrayed on the tiles are a representation of something that has been a part of me for as long as I have been making art; like an alter-ego. They are responsive to the dialogue that can take place between people, objects and images. 

Over the years, I have used the imagery of the monsters in sculptures, paintings and drawings, but only recently started using them on ceramic tiles.  Ceramics is something that I have loved for many years, and not having the skill to use a spray can or the patience to make a stencil, it finally feels right to have a medium to use in the street.

1 comment:

  1. G’day Corey,
    Wonderful to see you on the blog – and thanks to the awesome tech support team Vicki and Shannon for getting you up and running with us.

    As someone with a great enthusiasm for work that extends beyond the gallery and into the world I love seeing images of your work out on the street. You write about the ‘interactive dialogue which occurs on the street’ – do you think your use of ceramics changes the way people interact with your imagery? Have you ever watched / documented people’s reactions?

    How, aside from the presence of other street art, how do you decide where to put your work? Do the places you choose have any particular significance for you?

    I find it interesting that you don’t have the patience for stencils and yet ceramics… I guess it’s a different kind of patience required.

    You talk about the dialogue between people, objects and images – and it really does look as though the monsters are engaged in some sort of discourse. Why a monster for your alter-ego?

    And finally, I’m wondering, who (from ceramics land) has inspired you over the years?

    Looking forward to hearing more.