ART CREEPING is the act of placing works of art in unexpected places. To be an art creeper. To be the recipient of art creeping.
"Art can't happen in a vacuum, but it can appear on one"
Art exists in many forms and can be found in many places, but it is especially poignant when it is found unexpectedly, like on a sugar packet in a greasy diner or in the pocket of a garment in a clothing store. Such 'found' art is the work of an art creeper. At the core art creeping’s roots are embedded in street art and performance art (and obviously a bit of art pranking), basically art borne of and for thought.
From rubber stamps carved from pencil erasers and hand drawn images to elaborate small paintings and slickly printed cards, the medium takes on many forms. Only one rules applies to art creeping; that the work, the message, be left for an unsuspecting finder. Art creeping pieces are usually left in banal, common-place forums (an elevator, a shoe store, a gas station). The more juxtaposed the location, the better. The final goal is to evoke some level of thought or emotion within the person who stumbles upon the piece - be it surprise, shock, confusion or simply amusement. To hopefully elicit some reaction on the part of the finder. Although the art creeper rarely sees the fruit of his or her labor, the thrill lies in the concept and execution of the piece.
There is growing global movement of artists who participate in art creeping and art pranks, yet it largely goes undocumented. We hope with this blog we can begin to create an archive of art creeping moments as well as inspire future creepers.
Who is the proverbial 'we'? We are two artists who were living a world away from each other, one in Sweden and one in America (California), yet we both were engaged in placing small creative works in the public arena. After exchanging Mail Art and art creeping exploits, we decided to start this blog with the hopes we could create a loose community of fellow art creepers. The plan is not to just document our own creeping but to spotlight others who are involved in this unusual (and largely underground) art form.
Viktoria Robinson & Kalynn Campbell.