Street Stickers by Gul&Arzu
Interested in presenting work outside the white box of the gallery, our stickers added a public art component to our project. The application of the street stickers gave us a heightened sense of urban territorialism, space identity, forced us to pay close attention to where our work fits/ where it doesn’t, where it has be altered for survival, where it is most likely to remain for a while/ where it’ll be destroyed as soon as it’s put up. Juxtaposing our stickers with piles of other street art, advertisements, plants, mold, architectural and urban elements forced us to explore the city at street level and discover information we would hardly ever come across otherwise. We especially appreciate the inclusive, direct, confrontational, interactive nature of street art, which becomes public property the moment it is released into the world and takes on a life of its own. Necessarily as such, street art’s appearance and meaning is in constant flux as it is weathered by the elements and manipulated by passerby and other street artists.
The public art that we installed on the streets of Istanbul aimed to extend our project to a broader audience and contribute a layer to the ever growing and evolving urban collage.