The Impressive Underground World Of Urban Art
When something is good it should be shared with the World, and that is the case with the underground world of the street arts. Sten and Lex’s work is a must to check out if you’re into this raw and often frowned upon form of art.Street artists are usually not on this business for fortune and fame, because sadly in many cities their work is still considered to be of low standards and far from being categorized as art. You may live in cities such as NYC, Berlin, London, or São Paulo, and for you having the city walls decorated by often “mysterious” artists is quite normal, if not even considered to be a part of the artistic culture of the city itself. Ironically in Rome where Sten and Lex come from, there is still a huge barrier between the “formal” arts found in galleries and the ones found on the streets. I said ironic because Rome was once the cradle of the arts, and the fact that they would be so retrogressive about the subject one decade into the 21st century is sort of disappointing.
Ten years later after Sten and Lex got together creating stencil art on the streets, their works have become a little more than just their mark left on random walls; they’re something people definitely can look forward to see. Their works are a product of a technique they call “hole schools” which are stencils with holes of different sizes that together provide a photographic image. According to this Italian pair, what characterizes their work however, is a light-weight paper poster that is able to adhere very closely to the walls that they glue around the city. They often use black and white colors and the chiaroscuro techniques as well which creates the illusion of shades that gives the portraits a more realistic feel.
I think these badasses artists deserve some praise and respect, because it’s not easy to risk your freedom and good reputation to create something that you have no idea whether or not it would impact the world of the arts. They do it because they love it, and anything done for love deserves some loving back. They have expanded beyond Rome, and their works can be found on various Italian cities. In September 2008 they featured at a show called “Power and Currency” at the Factory FreshNuart Show in Stavanger, Norway. Sten and Lex’s works are finally emerging from the darkness, and they’ll be exhibiting their work at the Gallery CO2 in Rome (opened this past March 12), which is sort of a huge contradiction since they must remain anonymous in order to continue leaving their marks around the globe without compromising their freedom.