Mobstr. Entertainment, but different
Mobstr talks about his work as a form of entertainment. Yet it is not the sort of distraction specific to the media or advertising, quite the opposite. In his street interventions, the artist constantly questions the stereotypes, the mirage and pointlessness promoted in the consumerist society. His entertainment is defined by subversion and minimalism, and it is this very simple, often humorous and ironic approach, but always sincere and direct, that highlights the complex issues of today, as well as the absurd human behavior, the contradictions and narrow ways of thinking that shape the contemporary world and how we make decisions when it comes to choosing our beliefs, our friends, our fights. From the serious aspects to the insignificant opportunities of taking a cool Instagram pic or trying to appear intelligent and cultured, Mobstr observes and captures the mechanisms that generate the gestures, the thoughts, the tension, the hypocrisy, and ultimately, the routine and ignorance.
Although he intervenes in the public space, Mobstr transcends the limiting category of graffiti and street art, which he sometimes has fun mimicking – for instance, he never tags his works, except for the pieces that stand as replicas of graffiti styles – or comments on the rising trend of street art and the internet sensation it has become in recent years – size and quantity seem to matter over content and quality, that is why art itself risks to become shallow and boring. Moreover, there is the legal and illegal side of art on the streets that makes the artist wonder how a billboard is right and acceptable, while a creative intervention is perceived as vandalism and misconduct. Instead of following rules, Mobstr paints what he wants, whenever and wherever he wants. He is the master of organised art crime, as he likes to present himself, and enjoys doing so, but his greatest merit is perhaps the fact that he shares his playground with others in a thought-provoking manner, encouraging people to see things differently, to analyze more and reach their own conclusions.
With each intervention, the artist challenges the viewer, starts a debate with the unknowing passerby and, in some cases, invites the audience to take part in the story. He never ceases to experiment, is patient – even when counting the days of a graffiti’s life on the wall – and as curios as the viewer to discover the outcome. In this regard, “The Curious Frontier of Red” is one of his most popular experiments which involved the graffiti removal squad, and there were similar experiments before.
In his work, Mobstr reveals the unrealistic standards and false values society is based and builds on, and the true nature and intentions behind words, images or actions we encounter every day. And he does this in a way that leaves a powerful impression, and hopefully a question for us to ask or answer.
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