On New Year’s Eve the Fridge Gallery in Washington, DC brought its 2018 Street Sticker Expo to a close. Artist iwillnot created this event, and over the past five years the art show has grown in size and popularity. DC Street Sticker Expo 4.0 presented thousands of stickers by hundreds of artists from around the world. The major attractions at the 2018 event were the ginormous 8’ square collage by artist Nick Zimbro (@mr.zimbro) and the life-size skateboarder by Hugh Brisman (@hughbrisman).
In prior posts, I described how the ancient world used wheat paste to post legal decrees, public notices, advertisements, and ephemeral artwork. In our time, the term wheatpaste characterizes a particular form of street art: an illustration, painting or photo that an artist adheres to a public surface.