I chose this piece because the strong message behind it as well as its unique location stood out to me. This piece is called No Future created by a Greek street artist named Ino. A lot of his work is of human bodies and faces that are representational with an abstract or cartoon like twist. I really enjoyed his work also since he puts his artwork all over the streets of the world, but mainly in his home country of Greece. I was drawn to his work since it is street art I think it’s something outside the box of traditional artwork and something anyone can go and see without spending the money to go to a museum or a gallery. I also really liked the specific piece even more after reading about the messages he was trying to portray in his piece. Also Ino uses the buildings or walls he’s creating his work on to his advantage because they give his artwork more meaning or character. He does this very well with the work No Future in which he painted the piece on a elementary school building in Athens, Greece. The piece features a monochromatic color scheme of black and white with two abstract children’s heads mashed together inside a balloon. The meaning behind this piece is to raise awareness about the impact of the depressed economic system of Greece. Ino brings light to the fact of these children working so hard in school only to be released into a jobless economy once they finish school. He emphasizes the sadness of the piece using a black and white color scheme as well as putting a very somber, hopeless look onto the children’s faces. Also the looks on the children’s faces seem to be very innocent as well, seeming to represent that they can’t make the economic changes and its up to the adults to step and up and fix the economic crisis for the future generation. He plays up the meaning behind this piece even more by placing it on a school building. This seems to create more impact and calls for a swift change of the economic crisis or else these children will suffer in the future by not being able to get jobs for themselves after working hard for their education. This piece reminds me of Picasso’s Guernica due to the black and white color scheme as well as the abstract style. These two pieces are also similar since they are both very large pieces as well as both being pieces that respond to serious issues of their time.
Would you like seeing street art like this in the streets of the United States?
Do you think street art is as important or beautiful as traditional artwork done on a canvas or something of the sort?
Do you think Ino seems to convey his message well through the piece No Future?