sabato, febbraio 21, 2015

Playful in Paris: Life-Sized Interactive Street Art

Playful in Paris: Life-Sized Interactive Street Art: [ By Steph in Art & Street Art & Graffiti. ]

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Everyday objects and imperfections in the urban surfaces of Paris become part of strange and unexpected scenes as French artist Levalet incorporates them into life-sized street art. A bull head sculpture becomes a minotaur, map in hand; a figure with a jackhammer goes to work on a damaged section of wall; a display box for advertisements is transformed into an x-ray machine.

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Known by day as an art teacher named Charles Leval, the artist creates humorous scenes that interact with idiosyncrasies and often-unnoticed details in the fabric of the city.

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The life-sized wheat paste posters take advantage of everything from pipes and spigots to false windows and concrete recesses.

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Levalet walks around the city looking for the ideal spots for his work, takes measurements and creates the paste-ups at home before returning to his chosen locations and installing the work.

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He told Street Art News that he considers all of the individual scenes to be part of a larger frame, “where I try to define a cosmology of a parallel world.”

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giovedì, gennaio 08, 2015

Wil Freeborn’s Coffee Spots

Wil Freeborn’s Coffee Spots:

Wil Freeborn's Coffee Spots

Wil Freeborn is an illustrator and designer based in Gourock, Scotland. I mentioned his work on Lines and Colors back in 2010.

Freeborn likes to do location sketches in watercolor and/or ink. Late last year, he painted a series of watercolors of coffee shops in and around areas he visits. They were composed in a fascinatingly vertical format for a 2015 calendar.

The calendar is sold out, but I’m told more are on order. In the meanwhile, you can enjoy the watercolors on his blog and Flickr stream.

He has also recently done a commission of someone’s favorite coffee shop (above, bottom), and may sill be accepting others, I don’t know.

In addition, Freeborn is holding a competition in which he will paint the winner’s favorite cafe, and give them the original. He’s judging the winner on the basis of a great image from which to paint. Submissions can only be made by posting the photos on Instagram with the hashtag #coffeespots.

I particularly enjoy his approach to watercolor, combining firm draftsmanship with free, sketch-like composition and application of color.

giovedì, gennaio 01, 2015

Happy 2015.