I can’t say more good things about seeing an increase of art in urban spaces. I don’t mean white-washed into a downtown space in between clinical looking skyscrapers or in the lobby of some do-gooder office building. I want to pass something incredible on my way into the bodega; snap a picture of a mural through the thick glass of the El train window on my way to work.
This year my inbox saw a parade of press releases for festivals cropping up in India, Brazil, Canada and now I’m crushing on these pics from the ArteSano Project in the Dominican Republic. They drove me straight to Instagram see what was popping up on the streets of DR in real-time. It’s all amazing – use the hashtag #artesanoproject. I was pleasantly surprised to see works from artists like, Pixel Pancho, Axel Void, and Evoca1.
The work I’ve seen so far seems to be blending well with the culture and motifs of the neighborhoods. Feeling the culture and incorporating that into the art can create a visual conversation, a vital component when you’re coming into a new place and trying to interactive within a community. The work should find a home with them and not the other way around.
“The community was transformed during those days and over two weeks they began to see these great artists’ work and create specific pieces in different places around the town,” says Mario E. Ramirez, a Puerto Rican artist who has been documenting and capturing the festival in DR with his partners at Tost Films. He says that an event like this connects with a community yields a greater dialogue than some of the more commercial Street Art and graffiti enterprises because the artists get to interact with neighbors closely. 1
ArteSano Project brought some real flair into the Rio San Juan section of DR with 25 local and international artists – I hope you’ll check them out and support.
1 Quote taken from Brooklyn Street Art Article, New Year, New Mural Festival