Art — June 16, 2010
BIG BANG BIG BOOM says Blu Blu
Seen any street art lately? In this exhilarating video (turn up your speakers and go full screen), Blu Blu presents his point of view regarding the state of the world. “Big Bang Big Boom: an unscientific point of view on the beginning and evolution of life – and how it could probably end”.
Street art is the new paradigm that cuts through today’s myopic digital addiction, an addiction that creates a kind of visual defect or lack of discernment or long-range perspective. And it has the power to cut through the gallery preoccupation with ‘consumer’ art and its attendant woes, and superficiality.
Blu and his friends travel the world looking for monumental ‘canvasses’ to paint their inspired rhetoric in the form of giant images and most recently, stop action videos. . . Now this might seem like a stretch, but Blu takes you back to the D.W. Griffith movies at the turn of the last century, when prior to “Birth of a Nation” movies were very much filmed stage plays, with a single camera’s recording the comings and goings with as little dynamism as possible. And that’s kind of the history of street art to date. It’s a static statement. Possibly more than anyone else of his day, Griffith understood how film could manipulate an audience’s emotions. Blu likewise is using panning shots to communicate both real and imagined scale, and rapid camera action to enhance the appreciation of his point of view.
Much like D. W. Griffith a century ago, Blu expertly understands the fundamentals of projecting moving imagery, manipulating images and the jump cut linking of disparate images into a combined idea. Blu’s stop action, ‘action’, occurs on multiple plains, creating visual tension and a certain irony as you witness the humans erasing the images with white out. In this ever changing landscape, there is an acute sense of audience participation as the dinosaurs morph and the final bullet comes full circle. Blu’s art is a positively visceral experience, something characterized by intuition or instinct rather than intellect, and you want to get up and find him somewhere out on the street, just to join in the fun (and the hard work) and perhaps you should do just that. -The Blue OK
- to learn more about Blu Blu: http://blublu.org/
Ever since hip-hop and punk music rose from the ashes of urban blight to become two of the most potent youth culture movements of the twentieth century, the world’s streets have taken center stage as vibrant sites of creativity.
And in less than a generation, thanks to ease of travel and the Internet, a new global street culture has emerged, bringing all of the world’s diverse subcultures and modes of artistic urban expression together.