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Graffiti is still often affiliated with blight on city streets. But a new exhibit in New York City called "Beyond the Streets" may help change some of those negative connotations, with work from more than 150 artists from across the globe showcasing their unique styles and interpretations of street art. Hari Sreenivasan has more.
Graffitti may be finding new homes — instead of on city buildings or train cars, works inspired by graffiti are being displayed in art galleries and shows.
You might say traditional street art is now going beyond the streets. And that's the name of an exhibit in Brooklyn, New York.
Graffiti is a very simple human emotion made visible.
That's how artist Stephen Powers describes his work. The New York based artist, also known as espo, moved from Philadelphia during the height of New York City's graffiti movement in the 1990s.
Large buildings are the typical canvases for his graphic designs and street art, but now his work is being showcased inside at the "Beyond the Streets" exhibit in Brooklyn, New York.
What's going on here, these are symbols, they're packets of information, that try to condense the human experience into the smallest package possible.
Work from more than 150 artists from across the globe fill the exhibit. Each showcasing a unique style and interpretation of street art.
Australian husband and wife artists who call themselves 'DABSMYLA'', use bright colors and floral prints. While artists such as Patrick Martinez transforms typical neon signs popular into tools of activism…
At its core, at its root, graffiti and street art will always be illegal. But it also evolves into other works.
Roger Gastman is curator of "Beyond the Streets."
And they've gone into the studios and they've made complete new bodies of work often inspired by the streets. But it is not work salvaged from the street.
Gastman's own experience with graffiti inspired both the New York exhibit and a similar 2011 exhibit in Los Angeles.
The show is honestly made to educate the public about graffiti, about street art and where the culture has gone and other artists that continue to draw inspiration from this culture.
The two-floor exhibit featuring an in house tattoo parlor every Friday and a fake record store 'Trash Records' is running until August 25th.
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Hari Sreenivasan joined the PBS NewsHour in 2009. He is the Anchor of PBS NewsHour Weekend and a Senior Correspondent for the nightly program.
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