In police stations, council chambers and the media, the street art versus graffiti debate continues without resolution. Those of you who on the 'graffiti is art' side of the fence might be interested in this art show.
Space Invaders is an exhibit dedicated to street art and is the only of its kind in Australia. The University of Queensland Art Museum borrows the collection from the National Art Gallery, which possesses more than 150 works by over forty artists. The medium the message takes is varied – not for nothing is the full name of this exhibit Space invaders: Australian. street. stencils. posters. paste-ups. zines. stickers.
The show presents ten years of Australian street art and examines its origins and influences. See how street art evolved from graffiti culture of the 1980s, explore neo-pop and political street art and learn how artists are, ironically, returning to primitive handmade approaches as the technology improves.
The works in Space Invaders are authentic pieces of street art and graffiti that have appeared in city streets around Australia. The exhibit presents a mishmash of styles and genres, but the pieces are linked by their playful, often thought provoking, messages.