I hate most graffiti. It upsets me that people can desecrate buildings without thought or remorse. Still, I love street art.
So, where is the contradiction? I think there is a distinct difference between graffiti and “street art”.
French artist OakOak is a pure master at settling that debate. The rationale behind OakOak’s work is beautifying his surroundings.
The pictures below illustrate his artistic interactions with the city of Saint-Etienne “I wanted it to look nicer. It was an industrial city with many coal mines; now it’s in regeneration and still quite poor. But it’s easily travelled by foot with awkward aspects ideal for art. I saw shapes everywhere, and wanted to realise them,” he explains.