Local St.Pete artists have a lot to say about hipsters [photo review]

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The witty work of Virginia Boller- now in display at the Oleson Gallery.

My last art hunt in Downtown St.Pete turned out to be quite interesting. I did not intend, nor did  I expected, to find such critical, yet funny work (on the street and in the galleries) that fueled on the hipster dilemma. Yes, it is true that St.Pete is becoming quite the hip town, but is that  a bad thing? I specifically like the fact that the artists, here, are mindful of what local places and activities (i.e Fubar and shuffle-boarding) attract the typical  local hipsters (we have typical local hipsters?). Don’t get me wrong, to some these might be offensive, but to me they are completely harmless. They are,actually, telling of what kind of city St.Pete has become- an open-minded, interesting place that enables this kind of dialogue between the public and the artist that decides to show off their work . Anyways, here,  you will find a few images that feature the artists (most of them unknown) and their observations about hipsters- hop on aboard and share your thoughts!

Just FYI, I think most of us have encountered the ‘FAT HIPSTER’ stickers around town, I’ve seen a bunch of them on Central Ave near Haslam’s Bookstore and Art Pool Gallery.

Most of the stencil/sticker work  here was found in the alleyway behind Bluelucy Gallery.
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The two hilarious decorative boxes are available at Bluelucy- they are part of their latest exhibition, Infectious. (I want one!)

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ART AT BAY Presents: Steven Kenny

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St.Petersburg, FLSteven Kenny‘s amazing portraits are a devout homage to old-school portraiture and the bizarre.  The surreal landscapes and the 17th century attire, the placements of dangerous animals in the presence of royal-looking children, and the outlandish but beautiful headdresses are all things that Kenny purposely installs in his artwork in order to intrigue, provoke and install imagination upon spectators.

According to the artist, these bizarre juxtapositions are to be read in two ways:

The first alludes to the fact that we are an integral part of the natural world and subject to its laws. This seems like an obvious statement until we step back and objectively assess our symbiotic relationship with each other and the Earth. Depending on your perspective, these relationships fall somewhere on the scale between harmonious and dysfunctional.

The second turns the lens around to look inward upon the stewardship of our own emotional, intellectual and psychological landscapes. The same pictorial subject matter allows me to make references to our individual journeys of self-exploration and discovery. Again, depending on who is holding the compass, we are either lost or on the right path.


To check out more of his work, you can visit his website or purchase his 24-page art book through here.

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