In the streets of Europe are all sorts of road signs. Whether for automobiles, motorcycles, buses or pedestrians, these signs direct you where or where not to go. They set the standard of what is acceptable or not in the activity of transport. In a way, these signs, though utilized for the safety of all, can also indirectly imply a form of control. At least that is what artist Clet Abraham feels.
Florence born Abraham has “challenged” the street signs in a funny yet thought provoking way. He creates stickers to coincide with the particular street sign to make a funny image while still maintaining the general functionality of the sign. One of his motives for the sign altering was to comment on society’s establishment and the confining affects that rules have on us, limiting personal expression and thought. Over the years, his work has been recognizable in the cities he has worked in and as a result, he has hosted successful exhibitions displaying his work in different forms. Abraham’s work is not strictly categorized as “street art,” but rather “urban art,” and it is safe to say his work has significantly contributed to the general urban art movement. Asked by VisitTuscany about the difference between his work and graffiti, Clet responded:
I’m not sure exactly what the fundamental difference is between a graffiti artist and my work. I can say for sure that my stickers are easily removable. It’s essential to me to create works that are in thematically in keeping with the support upon which I am working, to adapt myself thus to any situation with complete respect for the work of others; I try to offer a service with my talent and knowledge. It’s possible that some graffiti artists have a similar work ethic. We do have in common a taste for the mysteries of the night and of surprise; a healthy attitude [or preference] for liberty of expression and breaking of rules – but these are the bases of being an artist!
via amusing planet