I had heard about HOPE Outdoor Gallery in Austin, but I had not seen it in person. One day this past summer, I decided to drop by. Click on my Instagram to see more photos from Carolyn’s Tumblr, my visual blogging platform.
“Any passerby in an urban cityscape has observed the colorful, provocative, illegal ‘eyesore’ that is graffiti. Although many consider the spray-painted pieces a nuisance, graffiti has been gaining recognition from the art world more and more as a legitimate form of art.
When most people think of graffiti, they imagine ‘tags,’ or a stylized writing of a person’s name. While tags are probably the most popular forms, graffiti art is much more than that. It can mean a colorful mural with a message of diversity or a black and white stencil piece protesting police brutality. In each case, graffiti art makes a statement.”
I wasn’t sure what I would think about HOPE, but when I got out of my car and got “up close,” I was astonished. Yes, there are some random paint spots and doodles, but also, many heartfelt, significant statements about life, and some impressive visual imagery. I can see why HOPE has become a popular Austin tourist destination.
I wanted to give HOPE Outdoor Gallery a little publicity on Carolyn’s Nonprofit Blog. The owner of this property is ready to develop the site after several years, and the “exhibition” must be moved or destroyed. I for one vote for moving it to a new location!
On a personal note, I hold a Master’s Degree in art history. The visual arts and visual expression are always of interest to me, including graffiti.
If you are looking for my most recent past “front page” discussion, it has been moved to a new blog article called, “Growing New Shoots: Back to Basics Brings Big Results.” Click to read more.