I'm In Miami Bitch - The Disappearing Street Art of Wynwood

I'M IN MIAMI BITCH! The Project, An Explanation.

By Andrew Kaufman aka AK FOTO

     Photography is the most permanent longest lasting proof of street art. There is no way to preserve street art except to photograph it before it fades, is toyed with, buffed or written over. Street art, by its very nature is a fluid art form, constantly evolving because of the landscape, materials, politics, weather etc.  

      It is through photography that street art can be conveyed to the world. Images of the artists and their works are reproduced and disseminated through books, magazines and the internet. 

BASELGEDDON: GG Q&A

GG a Miami native is young, ambitious and on the go here in the Q&A....

GG in front of WYN 317. Wynwood, FL. 

TEN QUESTIONS:

 

What do you write? Are you in a crew?

     I don’t write. I am not part of any crew. I go by Gabriel "GG" Gimenez.

 

In what city did you start painting in the streets? Do you feel your work has influenced the community in return? If so, how? Is there a relationship between the artist and the community in which they work?

     I started painting elaborate murals in Miami, FL. I think that the work that I have been creating has become a a source of inspiration for other artist and young people. I also believe that the type of art that I've been creating till this moment has served as a bridge for people to transition and understand the fast changes and evolution that Miami has had in regards to the general understanding of art.

 

Did you go to school or are you self taught? 

     Self taught.

 

How did you get started in the arts and why?

     I have always been a creative person but late in high school I started learning about artists like Takashi Murakami and Picasso. Then started forming ideas.

 

How long have you been working in the streets?

     I did my first significant mural in 2010.

 

Who or what inspires you the most?

     There are many artists and things that inspire me. I wouldn't be able to generalize that. But I do think my main source of inspiration at the moment are the ideas of evolution and competition.

 

What should the general public know about street art? What stereotype about street art/graffiti do you hate the most?

     People should know that street art is fucking great. It allows people to express, connect and establish a dialogue in a community or on a world wide scale.

 

Are you a full time artist? Do you have a day job? Is it best to be full time artist or not worry about it and make your $$$ elsewhere, that way you can paint what and how you want, which one offers a more creative outlook?

     Yes, I am a full time artist. You can be a full time artist and still create what you want. You just have to bust your ass and be putting your shit out there once it’s finished. 

 

What are you working on now? 

     I’m currently working on two exhibitions. One with a gallery in Miami and the other one in Dubai.

 

What do you hope to achieve or accomplish by putting your work in the street?

     The ultimate achievement for me when putting my work on the street is reaction. As long as the public keeps reacting, I'll keep painting.

Thanks,

GG

check out more of GG's work.

http://www.ggartwork.com/