Monday 21 May 2012

Cardboard cityscapes by Berlin-based artist EVOL

Berlin-based artist EVOL takes tattered cardboard canvasses off garbage-ridden streets, then draws and spray-paint stencils them to portray unpopulated cityscapes.

In the artist’s words: “clean surfaces don’t speak to me,

so recording these marks is a process of visually remembering the charm of a place that will soon be painted over.”

 Evol’s multi-layered stencil paintings on used cardboard and scrap metal transforms urban surfaces into miniature apartment buildings with tiny balconies. The artist carefully selects materials with a weathered appearance to use as his canvases, representing the neglected quality of low-income housing in Berlin. Evol achieves extremely convincing architectural illusions through clever incorporation of torn edges, dents, tape fragments, box markings and exposed corrugated textures. Believing the character and history of any space is worn on its façade, like scars on skin, Evol’s works convey elements of urban decay and remnants of a turbulent history in a post-wall, pre-gentrified East Berlin.

{Images & Source: kaltblut}

 

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