Memes on the Street With Lush
Melbourne street artist Lush has taken memes from the screen to the streets, cleverly bringing them to life.
Memes on the Street
Memes have become synonymous with the social media landscape, and even though they existed long before the World Wide Web, this platform has seen their proliferation like never before. Internet memes grow and evolve, with more context and meaning added as time goes by, as they spread across the globe through our phone screens.
Melbourne street artist Lush (@lushsux) has downloaded the idea of the internet meme and translated it to the streets, and has successfully captured the essence of memes to make them relevant to everyday life. Though that doesn’t mean he’s necessarily far away from social media – with frequent engagement on Instagram and Facebook, encouraging followers to provide feedback on new pieces and suggest where to paint his next meme.
Lush has famously painted political and pop culture memes, and then painted over these multiple times to keep their meaning relevant to current events in society. He has also found himself under fire for allegedly misogynistic commentary, insensitivities to deaths and breaching the community standards of Instagram for uncensored nudity. Although his die-hard fans seem to get him on a different level and realise that his perspective offers relevant insight, rather than being crude or vulgar for the sake of it.
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