So Hungary is now only four days away! I can’t believe it and I know those four days will just fly by! I haven’t even started packing; I am notorious for over packing so I am really going to have to try my hardest not to do that.
I just returned last night from presenting at a conference in NYC and will be doing a similar presentation while at the America Week Conference in Hungary (Street Art and Community/Public Art). Presenting this weekend got me more pumped up for presenting again next week. I still have some work to do to get my presentation together but I am finding some really wonderful street artists! I thought at first the limitation of it having to be American artists would make it hard, but I have gotten to learn about some wonderful artists.
One of the ones I will be focusing on is of course Shepard Fairey, the artist that did the Obama “HOPE” posters. I think he will be an interesting one to show the students in Hungary not only focusing on how influential he became in the election of Obama during the 2008 election, but also how much he had done prior to this specific piece.
I have also found another wonderful street artist named Candy Chang. She does a lot of interactive street art which really involves the community.
I personally love any guerrilla art, but especially if it becomes a truly interactive piece.
I still would like to have one more artist to focus on — it is less about FINDING one, and more about which ONE to pick.
I am excited to present with Ashley; I think we have a nice theme going on how street and community art depicts the social, political, and cultural times in the United States. And I hope that the students enjoy the presentation we make as they will learn not only about a very popular art movement right now, but also about the culture of the United States through the artists’ work.
I am also interested to see the type of artwork that is in Hungary. The older pieces, but even more so I would love to learn about what their contemporary art scene looks like and how it differs from that in the United States. I would love to bring some new Hungarian artists names back with me to possibly use in the future when I have my own art classroom. I would also like to see how their artwork reflects their culture in Hungary.
Having just gotten back from a busy 5 days in New York City I am a little tired to say the least, but I am hoping that the plane ride to Budapest will allow me to catch up on some much needed sleep (as well as the plane ride back from a busy week in Hungary).
Well, Until Hungary,