Blog Post #6

For my virtual exhibit I chose to focus and exemplify the anamorphic style of the Post Modern era. This style was used primarily by artists using pavement as their canvas and created a whole new type of art with a different look and purpose. Pavement art was only able to exist for short periods of time before they were destroyed or washed away. These pieces of art were of great enjoyment, though, because these artists mastered deforming their subjects on a flat surface in order to make them appear as if they still held their true shape. I saw pavement art in Italy when I visited many years ago and still to this day the talent this style requires amazes me.

The first artist that I chose to portray is Kurt Wenner. Wenner began his pavement art in Rome in the late 1980’s. He was inspired by the anamorphic style used in frescoed ceilings to create the illusion of height. He devised a unique geometric style that enabled his pieces of work to be brought to the horizontal field of the streets. Wenner was known as the creator of this anamorphic, illusionist, 3-D pavement art. Wenner’s work utilized both conventional and optical illusion and much planning and contemplating of each artistic move. Wenner introduced the style for one and secondly people often viewed Wenner in action which provided a new type of entertainment and a new sort of appreciation for art as a whole.


Giant
No date or location provided
I like the depth and texture in this piece of work by Wenner. I think that his concentration on geometric figures and angles is present in this piece of work which gives it this anamorphic style that’s so special.

Fishing in Old Shanghai
No date or location provided
I think that this piece of work is important in illustrating the master geometric shapes that Wenner created and utilized on his own. The different objects in this picture each have their own specific shape and perspective that adds up to make a great anamorphic image.

 


Smoothie Ad
No date or location provided
I think it’s important and special that each of these artists I chose to research had experience creating ads for different companies. This ad for Dunkin Donuts has an amazing border that creates another level of depth. The distinct shapes of the fruit, cup, and the picnic cloth all grab attention and appear to be crawling out of the border.

The second artist I chose to include is Julian Beever. Beever is an English chalk artist that has been creating these pieces of work since the 1990’s. Beever often first draws his work on paper and then begins the work on the pavement. He uses a camera with a wide angle lens, placed at a distance, to reference to while drawing. This aids in keeping the right perspective. Beever also does freelance work and creates murals for companies. Here are a few of my favorites, they look so realistic, even when people are placed in the field of view.

About to Meet Mr. Newt
No date or location
This piece of work is a deformed image that is created by many different colors to reproduce this subject in its true dimension. For me, Beever truly displays his talent in this piece of work, because even though this three dimensional young girl is sitting on the drawing, it still looks just as real. You can see the geometric figures, but also an emphasis on color to achieve the correct perspective.

Girl On a Beach Mat
No date or location
This piece of work also uses great geometric lines and shapes to achieve the anamorphic style. I love the colors and the distinct lines of the towel, ball, and umbrella. There is also great shapes and shading of the woman to make it appear that she is laying on her side.

Make Poverty History
Edinburgh City Centre

The organizers of Live8, the biggest anti-poverty demonstration of all time, called Beever to create this piece of work. This piece of work is great for me because of the man standing at the top of the drawing. It adds to the perspective of the photo and even though it is an illusion, it looks as if the man is standing on top of the world.

http://www.kurtwenner.com/images/PDFs/Artist_Statement.pdf
http://www.julianbeever.net/pave.htm
http://www.kurtwenner.com/artist.htm
http://www.boredpanda.com/3d-pavement-illusions-by-kurt-wenner/

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3 thoughts on “Blog Post #6

  1. You did a good job stating factual information and from the information given I understand that the theme you chose is pavement art
    from all the pictures shown. The works meet the criteria because they were created after 1975. You did a good job explaining the relationship to the theme for each of the work you chose. I really like Kurt Wenner’s work and how he uses geometric shapes also a really admire his 3D work Giant. I think you did goad remarks. The only criticism I have is that you should have put the theme in the title of the blog. Overall, you did a good job.

  2. Great theme! I enjoy seeing these pop up in various social networking websites. They are great works of visual perspective, anamorphic depictions are wonderful. I stated in my post how I had a increased appreciation for artists that create temporary works like this. These works make excellent marketing pieces also, very dignified though and useful in proximity. I think that helps heighten awareness in a respectful way, regardless if it’s commercial or social. It’s especially nice that the display is often in a public outdoor setting for all to see and appreciate.
    Thanks for the creative post theme.

  3. Man you did an awesome job! I really had fun looking at your exhibit. Those images are AMAZING, unbelievable but real. CRAZY. It was hard for me to find the date and location of some of the creations as well but you met every other standard. Go you!

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