Lou Chamberlin has written a fifth book on street art called ‘Urban Scrawl’. What a wonderful handbag sized book it turns out to be.
After a short introduction, there are eight main sections to the hardcover book. These are called: Big and Beautiful, Love and Hate, LOL, Words of Wisdom, Dissent and Defiance, Calligraffiti and glyphs, Underfoot and Street Sign Interventions.
At the back of the book is a handy list of all of the artists features and their social media address.
This is the kind of coffee table book that you keep out and flick through if you are wanting some inspiration. I enjoyed looking at the artworks that I have seen in person on my travels.
There are nearly 200 pages of full colour photographs illustrating the street art.
Some of the artwork includes phrases and quotes. You can see how artists copy and are inspired by both historical and modern artists. This depends on how much art history you might have studies, at school or informally.
The evolution of the creative piece needs be seen in the context of the environment, society views of the day and the country of origin.
Art can be a talking point.
- Do you like this piece of artwork?
- Can you see any symbolism in the shapes?
- How does this artwork make you feel?
- Do you consider street art a form of art?
We may never know the real reason or story behind a piece of street art. But Urban Scrawl covers the written word in street art and the book might encourage you to read these thought-provoking, political, humorous or shocking global examples and see them with a new perspective.
Publisher: Hardie Grant Travel
About Lou Chamberlin
Lou Chamberlin has been photographing street art around the world for ten years. When Lou’s not travelling, camera in hand, she lives in Melbourne.