Title of Art Piece: Graffeighty
Student/Artist’s Name: Jordan Brooke
School: Palmer High School
Artist Statement: What influenced me to create this piece was the time of the 1980’s in New York City. I used references of the famous artists Keith Haring, Kenny Sharf, and Pablo Picasso. I created my art in the sense of a subway station since in the 1980’s it was popular for art to be displayed on walls and in the subway stations for the public to see. The movements and creativity within the following artists and during the time period itself hold deep meanings. I wanted to express my art as if I was in a subway station just sitting on a bench of ideas as I purposed in my piece. I wanted to put myself in that time period and act on what it would be like to experience it. To resemble my ideas, I added my own twist in the cartoon-like figures referencing from the artists Kenny Sharf and Pablo Picasso. I also did some research on what really sprung up in the 80’s. For example, strawberry Shortcake, Batman and Wonder Woman, the old telephone, smoking, boom box Etc: I also added my more modern appeal to the piece adding modern graffiti letters and my abstract human-like figure sitting on the bench.
The 1980’s really spoke to me because I was excited about the conflicts of: number one, homosexuality and two the debates on whether what type of art should be allowed to be called art and also where it’s appropriate to display art. I loved Keith Haring’s message on homosexuality. Bias or not, it’s not right for people to judge others just because of who they are. “Treat others the way you would want to be treated.” Keith Haring, Kenny Sharf, and Pablo Picasso’s art displayed on buildings, mildewing subway stations, old brick walls, subways themselves, are wonderful places to place stick moving art. Art should be expressed everywhere in any size, shape, or form. I dedicate my piece to those three artists.
Drawing measures 23 x 36 inches.