"This film has been extremely rewarding due to how much we’ve learned by doing. We did preliminary research, but I’ve learned so much more by interacting with the artists, immersing myself in the scene, and experiencing new and exciting situations. I think that’s been the overarching theme: Do something; experience is the best instructor."
Houston Scholars Project:
Understanding Street Art, a Mini-series
Advisor: Dr. Christopher Brunt
Despite majoring in different disciplines, Luke Walther, a Sophomore Pre-Business major, and Brandon Montenegro, a Sophomore Philosophy major, both explore their shared interest in the arts through their minors in Creative Work. For their project, Luke and Brandon will create a documentary that explores the definition of street art through the lens of aesthetics, and how the artistic and cultural legitimacy of street art might be confirmed in the public eye though this philosophical, scholarly, and creative analysis. Through their project, they hope to contribute to the academic and artistic question, “What is street art?” Luke and Brandon interviewed University of Houston faculty in philosophy, aesthetics, and art, and local street artists. Many of these artist interviews took place during an event planned by Luke and Brandon in coordination with Houston-based musician and founder of Wonky Power Records, Mario Rodriguez. The event was an invitation to selected street artists to paint Wonky Power Records’ performing and venue space, and an opportunity for Luke and Brandon to collect exciting documentary footage.
Future Direction: Luke has been making films since 2013, and is drawn to the visual power of storytelling. He hopes that his studies in business and entrepreneurship will enable him to be a more self-sufficient filmmaker and continue to make films that inspire him and others. At the conclusion of this project, Luke and Brandon intend to promote the film and submit it to film festivals around the country.