21st Century Urban Folk Art By N! SATTERFIELD

Spray paint and stencils, commonly associated with graffiti and street art, are the tools N! utilizes to transform a range of utilitarian and decorative media, including cloth, scrap wood, cardboard, metal and more. By scouring the modern industrial landscape, he eschews traditional artist’s materials by substituting the castoffs he finds into their respective places, literally recycling (or “upcycling”) materials destined for the landfill into works of art.

Although not a graffiti writer as such, N!’s work originated in the streets, and in turn his studio bears the trademarks of stencil graffiti as well as the vernacular of a global urbanized environment. His visual language is as much “punk” in it’s situational pranksterism as it is “hip-hop” in it’s stylistic immediacy and is both critique and comment on a modern world he is a product of yet feels alienated from.

N!’s manipulated images culled from popular culture are détournement, yet as creator he strives to transcend the status quo, rather than simply criticize it.
Urban art refers to a style of art that relates to cities and city life, it combines street art and graffiti and is often used to summarize all visual art forms arising in urban areas. Folk art refers to an expression of cultural identity that reflects traditional art forms of diverse community groups who identify with each other and society at large.

By combining the two disciplines with a healthy dose of satire N! rightfully refers to his work as “21st Century Urban Folk Art”.

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