Post #4 : Guerilla Art

By: Sarah Maggie

Guerilla art is anonymous street art that makes a statement. Relating to the piece that  I chose came from a place of aggression and in order to expand on the idea I had I decided to use chalk to show the statement I made. Chalk is a fine medium as it relates to the ground which is another medium that is used for skateboarders as well. This idea could promote creativity into children who want to say something but are still non verbal or cannot write much yet as they can use chalk to create pictures and messages that define what issue or emotion they are feeling. This can introduce balance in a way that shapes like the wheels of the board are asymmetrical (Fox & Schirrmacher, 2015) but the shape of the overall piece can be done using the proportion of the size of the canvas such as the sidewalk or walls.


Examples of Guerilla Art

Malak

Malak trains at a martial arts gym a couple times a week, therefore she decided to create a guerilla art that motivates others positively in the gym. The process required no one to see malak taping the paper on the wall. Malak used critical thinking to see how this would benefit others in a good vibe. Each mini piece a person takes, has a motivational saying that will hopefully make them smile.

Abira

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For guerilla art, I had written kind messages on a sticky and had posted it on the classroom walls. Through this form of art, my peers and adults would remember and proceed on our good behaviours in our daily lives.

Victoria

This origami butterfly installation was taped throughout a bridge in Kerr Hall – along the windows, on the door, on the banister, on the wall, and even near the fire alarm. The butterflies varied in size (small, medium, and large), colour (golden, pink, red, green, and peach), and shape (two variations). This is guerilla art because it was placed in an area where many people pass through. It was made to share Victoria’s excitement for the coming of spring with strangers. This installation is interactive in that passersby can move the butterflies and even take them home! For example, originally there was only one green butterfly near the fire alarm. When Victoria returned a few hours later, she noticed there were now three butterflies.

Sarah Maggie

The “skaters not haters” statement was inspired by Sarah’s best friend who is an avid activist for Skater’s in and around the GTA including making more safe places for skate boarding. This guerilla art was placed around Gould st. though the bigger art installment was placed  at “Pond” which is noted for skaters of Toronto to come skate at. This piece promoted positivity as many skaters were seen taking pictures of the work and even adding to the street art.

Shazmara

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The statement given was leaving a positive message at Tim Horton’s saying “Stay Positive” beside the window. Numerous people come and go at Tim Horton’s of different backgrounds.The message is to let people know that they are thought of due to individual circumstances. Once certain people are exposed to the message they may think about being or staying positive and think of tips to make their life better.

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