Street Art on Social Media
08 May 2016 19:25 #9723
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A Vancouver based street artist has merged the talent of urban wall art with the contemporary culture of the modern Western world. Focusing on topics of social media, the artist known as “iHeart” explores the growing online social culture and its influence on our society’s younger generations. Scattered throughout the city’s urban regions, pedestrians can expect to walk past works of iHeart’s, such as a stenciled toddler struggling with autocorrect on her smartphone, made clear to passersby with corresponding message bubbles above her head.
iHeart is certainly not shy to build off the work of previous artists either. What once was the tag, or “signature”, of another artist has now become the subject of one of iHeart’s pieces. Positioned directly under the blue, bubbly tag, sits a grey “button”, depicted by a horizontal rectangle reading “Download Font”, accompanied by the iconographic, upside down arrow symbolizing “download” sitting near.
Other works of iHeart’s feature young, unhappy children posing for selfies, puns and conversation starters printed at eye-level on otherwise blank walls, and clever social statements addressing the hypocrisy of the media and its shaping of the functioning of our future society. Although the work of iHeart is very comparable to other well-known street artists, his uniquely strict focus on the representation of digital media and how it is translated into the physical world was enough to catch my interest. You can read more about iHeart and see examples of the artist’s work at the link below.