The Relational Aesthetics of Street Art: Thirsty interviews Wooster Collective
One could compare how Marc and Sara Schiller are using the internet to propel street art to the masses with how Charlie Ahearn helped popularize hip hop in the ’80s. Both were outsiders who documented youth subcultures around them. In doing so, they brought the street to a global audience: Ahearn with Wildstyle, the movie, and the Schiller’s with the Wooster Collective.
Thirsty online magazine has a new interview with the couple where they talk about the reasons why they think street art is much more dynamic and intriguing than gallery art. Mainly, the illegal, ephemeral, and accessible nature of street art creates a social context for people to interact with and react to. Many of these points remind us of Relational Aesthetics, the idea of art in relation to its human surroundings and relations, as opposed to within a private space.