In her latest work "Urban Frontiers," Sherri Rogers explores street art in the Canadian urban landscape. Sherri's hyperreal paintings legitimize street art as landscape, showing beauty in hidden alleyways through a fine art lens. She she turns a collage of many artists temporary and often changing murals into a piece of one artist's work, capturing a moment in time.
Bicycles and street art are symbols of various oppositional cultural movements, where they articulate an idea of an alternative society. Bicycles mobilize a political lifestyle, pushing for ever more freedoms through individual mobility of real and imagined horizons. Street art allows color to creep into even the dark corners of urbanity, celebrating self expression and communicating political messages; it's social media in the streets. Both bicycles and street art are expressions of the Self, represented here in these bicycle portraits.
All pieces are acrylic on wood, 20 x 20 inches.
A culture is reflected by its artists. A street artist publicly displays this culture, reflecting the ethos of a city back to its people. Historical roots, musical themes, and ethnic heritage are demonstrated in street artwork, showing the diversity and priorities of a city.
In Vancouver, nature plays a big role in murals, decorating our buildings with animals and fish we cohabitate with in our oceanside living. Toronto shows its hip hop roots in a concrete haven, bringing color to back alleys between streets. Canada’s cities show the rich and broad terrain of artists in our country. The city makes the artist, and the art makes the city.
These pieces focus on graffiti culture in Canada’s largest city, Toronto. To many, street art in Toronto represents the beauty and character of Toronto’s diverse communities. Others see it as a form of vandalism, including Mayor Rob Ford, who famously vowed to remove the city of all its graffiti. The conflict between the City and street artists has resulted in many mural making projects, intended to beautify and capture the human experience, and also deter vandalism.
My landscape paintings capture urban graffiti in its environment, showing the beauty and color that artists have contributed to their surroundings. These landscapes bring up questions about ownership of public space and what is fair representation in the public sphere. Who decides what is graffiti and what is legitimate art? Can street art- ephemeral by nature- be legislated?
Using acrylic and simulating the spray of aerosol paint using hand held atomizers, I turn a collage of street artists temporary and often changing murals into a precious piece of one artist's work, capturing a moment in time.