Contemporary Street Art Journal

April 27, 2022

I chose to add this song because it reflects the patience that it takes in order to scope out a spot and create one of these pieces of art. Usually done at night, this song also mentions, ‘vacant dreams’ which I thought was an interesting inclusion as our very own Syracuse Street Artist(Vandal?) goes by the moniker Vacant.

Earlier I spotted one of the Vacant eyes of one of the tributaries on the Syracuse highway. Sadly I was going too quick to catch a picture. This shows the extra care that the artist had to take in order to find a perfect place to commit vandalism in order to create public art.

I drove through Downtown Syracuse looking at the different depictions of street art that can be seen everywhere. Walk down the street and look at the walls anywhere in Syracuse, NY and you will see rushed tags or small throw-ups. This is what gives Syracuse its character and becomes a part of people’s daily lives in the form of memories(especially if you have ADHD).

Ever since the rise of the internet and the introduction of new communication technology, we have learned to categorize different aesthetics over the internet. We do this through our comments and our posts and we are constantly growing our intended vision.

When I started writing for my blog it was hard to find topics to write about. Growing up in an academic setting most of my teachers and professors have told me to be mindful of my work. Most of the time when people try and be completely mindful, they are able to share their work. For my work, much of the cultural aspect being explained is hidden from the public eye. The only way for me to understand this work is by experiencing it myself and explaining how I relate to the subject of discussion. I think that the experience of art is singular to the viewer and the meaning can vary from one person to another.

The reason that I post at all on the internet is in order to group my interests into a singular place where I can access them during my day. The posts come in the form of music blogs where music has a place on my blogging platform. Since music has always been very important in my life, it would only make sense that I could share these new tracks that I have recently become aware of.

Photo by Caio on

Building a repertoire of photos was definitely a key part of learning how to post online. By using Adobe Lightroom, I was able to renue photos I had taken prior and make them feel new. The photo in question is the bench photo which was taken on an outdated iPhone. The rest of the photos are taken on my Nikon Camera. Each photo was planned and then the shot was targeted for ample lighting and directional lighting.

Rick the Bit – A QR Coded Story by Cinzia Bongino is licensed under CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0

 When I first saw the QR Code mural, I was tempted not to include this almost corporate. However, I like to see the usefulness of the QR code in generating an online presence. I saw a QR code in the bathroom one time and I thought that was the smartest thing as all you have to do is scan the code via your phone.

In putting together the website component of the project, I had trouble with the backend and making sure that each link had a photo. In going through the images and linking them together under the umbrella of contemporary street art, I found connections that I would not necessarily have established through my exploration of this niche genre of art.

Having just come back from my sister’s graduation at the prestigious Michigan University, I was happy to see that the streets were flourishing with culture. One looks a small alley and we found tons of street art fighting for their place on the facade of their choosing.

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Michael Melvin is a Writer, Musician, and Advocate. While attending Syracuse University he has been an active member on campus even holding positions in Greek Life and Clubs/Activities on campus. He has recently gained notoriety for his performance at the Wescott Theater, where he played music in a simulacrum which commented on the lack of discourse during the pandemic. Through a global pandemic, Melvin has come out as a resilient persona who questions modern conventions and looks for oppurtunites to adapt to newfound successes.

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