Thursday, April 6th 2017
This evening after work, Tigger wanted to take a tour around familiar street art hot spots in Shoreditch to see whether anything new had appeared since our last visit. We were somewhat disappointed. Shoreditch used to be a lively place for street art but seems recently to have ‘gone off the boil’. This may partly be because a lot of the building projects whose fencing produced acres of ‘canvas’ for artists have been completed and the fencing taken down. Besides this, though, I seem to detect a loss of enthusiasm and a slowing of the pace. Perhaps the artists have moved their focus elsewhere and Shoreditch is no longer a favoured location.
One problem concerns those destructive agents called ‘taggers’. These seem to take a delight in defacing street art works as soon as they appear. There were paintings that I would have photographed if they had not been spoiled in this manner.
We dutifully toured the streets and photographed anything that seemed worthy of the effort. The ‘catch’ was meagre and I retained only five works, of which one, the fourth below, is collaborative. These days, street artists are better at signing their works (though most still use pseudonyms, even when painting on legal walls) and all the artists are identified. You can click on a name to see links to that artist’s own Web site(s) and on an image to see a larger version of it.
Of course, I might have missed works worth ‘collecting’ – street art, after all, often turns up in the most unexpected (and sometimes apparently inaccessible) places, so you can easily fail to spot something. Also. a work I dismiss as not interesting may appeal to another viewer.