Street Art Utopia is a homepage with street art collections, videos around street art and the most beloved street art photos.
I'm a massive advocate of Street Art, so when I came across this site, I was extremely excited and I have to say, it certainly didn't disappoint me. It's easy to get lost marveling over the array of amazing work by different artists available on the site including collections by 'Space Invader, 'Banksy', 'Slinkachu' and 'Eyesaw', to name but a few. Literally while I have been sitting here writing this review, I've been glued to various videos from the site including an amazing clip about 'How to do a Street Art Rainbow with a bicycle'.
Generally, Street Art Utopia functions in a relatively simple fashion with it's main pages consisting of a Homepage containing a list of singular images from newly added collections which allows the user to either click through and view the full collection or simply click through to view the comments and feedback about that specific piece. The other notable page is the 'Street Artists' page. This neatly lists the artists and collectives who have at least one collection dedicated to themselves. It functions in much the same way as the links on the Homepage. Also, there is an option that allows the user to click and 'like', 'follow' and/or leave comments about specific artists pieces and collections via links with 'Facebook', 'Twitter' and 'Google+'.
The blog style nature of the site is very simple and straightforward when it comes to aesthetics. It's white background accommodates black sans seriffed text, making it the perfect accompaniment to the amazing work on display. It makes total sense that a site of this nature isn't overwhelmed by lots off unnecessary fluff. It would only conflict with the beautiful work that's showcased here and ultimately that's what counts.
The main distraction here is the adverts. I totally appreciate that they're there for a reason and as Vidar states himself " I have some ads on this homepage. They help me buy myself some beers, pay rent to the web host, and some more fun!" He's quite right but isn't there perhaps a slightly better place to put them where they conflict slightly less with the amazing work?
In some ways it would be nice to learn a bit more about the various artists and their work displayed on Street Art Utopia itself but at the same time it makes a lot of sense to keep everything anonymous because ultimately street art is a very mysterious phenomena that is there to be stumbled across and ogled at by unsuspecting passers by. Saying that, there are links available to other websites that give more of an insight into the artist in question, so if you are desperate to find out more, that is your answer.
I'm genuinely happy that I've come across this site. Like I previously mentioned, it's very easy to get lost in the wealth of brilliance on offer here. I would challenge anybody to deny that the work showcased here is anything less than great contemporary art. Whilst perusing the site, I came across the following comment left by one of the sites many users which I feel perfectly sums up the whole debate on the credibility of street art:
"first day of Advanced Art, my teacher said "i bet none of you know an artist who is currently alive" I Raised my hand and said "Banksy" he shook his head and said he wasn't an artist, that when I knew He wasn't a real art teacher."