FEAT. Urban’ artists work under the gaze of the public, painting and drawing in public spaces. Their art is often monumental, filling walls, even buildings. They are strongly influenced by popular culture and their artwork is usually very colourful and graphic in nature. The genre has become ‘legitimised’ by artists such as Banksy. FEAT. is about absorption. It is a series of portraits of ‘urban’ artists immersed in the process of creating their art. They appear present yet absent at the same time. The portraits are presented as a video to be projected large onto a gallery wall. This mode of presentation references the subject matter itself, which is about filling walls with artwork. FEAT. is part is part of my broader inquiry into strategies for ‘disarming the pose’ of portrait subjects. Keith Greenough, November 2012
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