Street illusions: Trompe-l’œil et jeux d’optique dans le street art (Street Illusions Trompe-l’œ and optical games in street art)
by Chrixcel and Codex Urbanus by Editions Alternatives (in French).
Drasko has been selected as one of the 23 artists showcased in this new book on street art illusions authored by the pair Chrixcel and Codex Urbanus. just published in Paris by Editions Alternatives (in French).
In the chapter titled Anamorphoses or the Art of Secret Perspective, Chrixcel describes Drasko’s street visual poetry with a literary trace and sensitivity towards the the compositions, which she describes as “mini-mirages”.
Drasko Boljevic Croatia / Australia
“At times, the antithetical subjects found in the array of sketches, playing between life and death, have an anxiety-provoking side to them. When placed at the same level, these jarring juxtapositions remind the spectator that anything can happen from all corners of the world at any given time. The worst as well as the best. Carelessness and seriousness, quirky humour and inversion of perceptions are the very heart of this stencil art, to say the least. Particularly, when considering of the enormousness of most urban trompe-l’œil works”.
“In a febrile urbanity that is always going faster and faster, where everything needs to be extremely visible and enlarged, the stencil artist incites the passer-by to stop for a moment, to lean in to observe the works closely, to take some time to breathe. The submerged, stretched, and suspenseful postures of these characters generate an appeal to the conscience and the refocusing on one’s self.”
“Although we are bombarded by words every day, it’s somehow more appealing when they are placed on the street by artists rather than advertisers.”
Lou Chamberlin does it again. The prolific stencil art writer and photographer brings our attention to the written word in street art around the world in this beautiful new volume published by Hardie Grant Travel.
This sculptural work talks about move and growth of cities. The materials, Perspex and concrete, are found to be urban characteristics of our bitumen surroundings.
I often travel to coastal towns on freeways, where the Australian speed limit allows us to observe the environment, including concrete, steel, wood, and the translucent qualities of Perspex used, for example, for sound barriers. This work was inspired both by childhood memories of 1970s architecture and the Australian travelling landscape.
Winner of the Toorak Village Sculpture Exhibition’s Encouragement Award, 2017