What is Urban Expressionism?
A simplistic yet profound artistic style, and movement, in Art which speaks with the deliberate position of using art as a communicative tool. It is an art-form in which art and communication could reasonably merge and become one flesh; through the use of flowing brushstrokes, markings, words, text, signs, and symbols
Did you see that painting in the other gallery? It had that way cool and urban flow style with the words and symbols in it? It looks simple but it makes you think Is it Jean-Micheli Basquiat? Not, it is URBAN EXPRESSIONISM
Founded and developed by Houston-based artist, Dune-Micheli Patten, in 2001, URBAN EXPRESSIONISM is a simplistic yet profound artistic style, and movement, in Art which speaks in a a social-political-spiritual context with the deliberate position of using art as a communicative tool. It is an art-form in which art and communication could reasonably merge and become one flesh; through the use of flowing brushstrokes, markings, words, text, signs, and symbols.
"This new style, URBAN EXPRESSIONISM, allows me to be spontaneous and playful, and also serious, with my work; it’s like being in recess but knowing exactly what you want to do while in recess. All that is required is to accept it and take hold of it. These ideas and words would come to me- as many words do- in thought particles that were floating in my space. In the feverish play of words where I exist, my mind opened up to receive these particles of thought. As they came to me I play with them, change them, wondering if they are actual words, signs, and symbols. Some are real, but most are not; which I possess and store into my own language library. Then, I let my connection with the Spirit flow through the work; as I am not interested in preaching with my work, or even to intellectualize my work. The result is both rhythmically and spiritually flowing in nature. The approach to the work and the results are rhythmically disjointed like jazz notes; to make the flow resonate into your soul. Spiritually speaking, the work is not only Modern and Contemporary in aesthetics- which is only scratching the surface deep; but also the context of the work is from Christian concepts, symbolism, and sensibility. Although, my affinities are rooted in the Classical and Traditional aspects of art, the appeal of the Modern and Contemporary has been fused into it to make the rythmical and the spiritual more pronounced; like an adverb- Proverb. Things are etched or scratched out to invoke feeling of intuitive knowing and investigation. There is purity and truth that solely lay within the traditions and classics; but it can also be expressed within the Modern; the Contemporary. So, I endeavor to show this purity and truth in this era- my time"- Dune-Micheli Patten
That URBAN EXPRESSIONISM art makes you think on deep level. It looks simple but at the same time it looks hard to do