19 February 2010
Roadsworth - Canada
we present an excerpt from the National Film Board of Canada feature "Roadsworth: Crossing the Line" a documentary which follows the work of Canadian street artist Peter Gibson, aka Roadsworth.
Gibson integrates provocative art with government traffic signage, questioning the ownership of public space.
"The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) and the Diggs Gallery have worked with the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) and the City of Winston-Salem to present the work of street artist Roadsworth. He is the sixth artist in Inside Out: Artists in the Community II, and has drawn inspiration for his paintings from streets and crosswalks on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and the WSSU campus. This project is the latest in Roadsworth's international series of street paintings. In these projects the artist critiques car culture and reinvigorates the pedestrian experience by altering existing street markings to create a humorous array of signs, images and symbols."
more (lots of pics)
download a time-lapse video of Roadsworth's project at The Enrichment Center during his in-residence workshop.
Click here to download an essay by SECCA Curator Steven Matijcio.
Roadsworth was first featured on Blakkbyrd in August 2006