Brushes, Hammers, Paste and Nails
The ‘Paste-Up’ is an ever-expanding and innovative form of street art, that involves an artist making their work onto varying sizes of paper and then applying it to walls and surfaces within their urban environment using wheat-paste or wallpaper glue. Whether as black and white multiplied photocopies, colourfully hand painted murals or thought provoking text pieces, the ‘Paste-Up’ is an immediate and bold contemporary art-form.
The medium explores not only aesthetic values, but is often politically and socially motivated – which allows experimentation both by accomplished artists as well as people with little or no artistic training. With all other street art genres, a heirachy is in place based usually on the skill and years of training and practice of each artist (aerosol-can control/complexity of a stencil etc). Most ‘Paste-Up’ artists also have years of experience, creating intricate and well-planned artworks – however anybody right now, could find a photograph or jpeg that resonates with them, take it to a digital printer and with relatively little expense, print it out in wallpaper width paper sheets and put it up on the streets.
Paste Modernism 3 is part of the Outpost Project street art festival that is being held on Sydney's Cockatoo Island until December 12th, 2011.
I have added some photos from the installation and exhibition to my website, which can be viewed here.
There are also plently more photos in the exhibitions Flickr group.