Anamorphic Illusion Street Art

19 Apr

The theme that I have chosen for my exhibit is anamorphic illusion street art.  Anamorphosis is a distorted projection that requires whoever is viewing the object to be at an exact place in order to see the art as it is meant to be seen.  In other words, the piece can only be seen as its true self from one angle.  Sometimes the art can only be seen through a device.  I enjoy how the art seems to pop out and look like the drawn object is actually real.  I find it deeply interesting that these can only be seen from one direction and the artist must constantly step back away from their art to see what needs to be drawn next.

Kurt Wenner

Kurt Wenner makes works all over the world.  He is a master artist who interprets Renaissance classicism.  Wenner fuses the past with contemporary imagination unlike any other artist of our time.  His works do not copy or imitate the masters, but reinvent classicism for our age.  He creates premanent pieces and architecture along with his stunning and amzing illusions.

Artist: Kurt Wenner

Title: Tower of Babel

Date Created: 2007

Location Created: Unknown

I find this work to be breathtaking. To think about how much thought and calculating had to go into the piece is insane.  It looks as if the work go on for miles and miles into the ground.

Kurt Wenner's Tower of Babel

Arist: Kurt Wenner

Title: Mermaids

Date Created: 2007

Location Created: Unknown

I absolutely love this chalk painting.  The detail is gorgeous and stunning.  Everything looks unbelievable realistic.

Kurt Wenner's Mermaids

Artist: Kurt Wenner

Title: Echo and Narcissus

Date Created: 2007

Location Created: Unknown

This was drawn on pavement with chalk, just like Wenner’s other works.  The bright colors draw me into this work. The details in all of Wenner’s works make me want to keep looking at them.  They are amazing.

Kurt Wenner's Echo and Narcisssus

Julian Beever

Julian Beever is an English chalk artist who has been creating three dimentional chalk drawings on pavement surfaces since the mid-1990’s.   He is famous for his pieces in created all over the world: Germany, The Netherlands, USA, France, Belgium, England, and Australia.  Some of his pieces are 30 feet long but only were meant to appear to be 3 feet long.  Beever is an Internet phenomenon with his pieces being seen by literally tens of millions of people via email and You Tube.  He is often hired to create pieces murals for companies.

Artist: Julian Beever

Title: Times Square in Times Square

Date Created: May 15, 2008

Location Created: New York, New York

This piece of art was created for the opening of a Levi’s store in New York.  I think this drawing is interesting because it is looking down on Times Square.  I love that there are tiny people and cars included that make it look more real.

Julian Beever's Times Square in Times Square

Artist: Julian Beever

Title: Two Worlds

Date Created: Unknown

Location Created: Unknown

This piece drawing on the pavement looks as if you are looking miles and miles under the sea to see all the creatures that live beneath the surface.  I very much like this work because I am fond of the ocean and this shows beautiful sea creatures and coral reef.  In my opinion, this is Beever’s best work.

Julian Beever's Two-Worlds

Manfred Stader

Manfred Stader began street painting and pavement art during his art studies at the Stadel Artschool in Frankfurt, Germany at the beginning of the 1980’s.  By 1985, he already became one of the most famous street painters.  His works are now being sold as stickers.

Artist: Manfred Stader

Title: Day of glory

Date Created: 2009

Location Created: Zhuhai, China

A large real estate company in Zhuhai invited investors to see their new city so Stader created this work for the ocassion inside of a building.  I think that it is somewhat amazing that the floor is not visible through the art itself.  I think that the shark looks very realistic and looks as if he is going to jump out of the “water”.  The floor really looks like it is about to cave in.

Manfred Stafors's Day of glory

Works Cited

 Beever, Julian. Times Square in Times Square. 2008. Photograph. New York, New York, New York. Cardiogirl: 19% Body Fat and 100% Fun. 18 June 2009. Web. 19 Apr. 2011. http://www.cardiogirl.net/does-anyone-want-to-grow-up-to-be-a-butcher-or-a-candlestick-maker-for-that-matter/times-square-julian-beever/.

Beever, Julian. Two Worlds. Photograph. Blow The Scene. 16 Dec. 2010. Web. 19 Apr. 2011. http://blowthescene.com/interviews/julian-beever-interview-a-moment-with-the-pavement-picasso.html.

Stader, Manfred. Day of Glory. 2009. Photograph. Zhuhai, China, Zhuhai. 3-d Street Art. Web. 20 Apr. 2011. http://3d-street-art.com/3%20d%20chalk%20art_zhuhai.htm.

Wenner, Kurt. Echo and Narcissus. Photograph. Phombo. Web. 20 Apr. 2011. http://www.phombo.com/art-photography/3d-street-paintings/7181/full/.

Wenner, Kurt. Mermaids. Photograph. Art-spire. 24 Jan. 2011. Web. 20 Apr. 2011. http://www.art-spire.com/en/illustration/trompe-loeil-drawings-by-kurt-wenner/.

Wenner, Kurt. Towel of Babel. 2007. Photograph. Pyramid Visuals. Web. 20 Apr. 2011. http://www.pyramidvisuals.co.uk/about/case-studies/greenpeace/kurt-wenner/images/14_Babel.jpg.html.

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3 Responses to “Anamorphic Illusion Street Art”

  1. sarahdewitt April 21, 2011 at 10:11 am #

    These street drawings are fantastic! The skill needed to pull off an illusion of depth like these artists is amazing. I love the little kid standing on what looks like a skyscraper above times square. And the floor with the shark, that is awesome. I agree that the floor would have been very difficult to color, but Stader did a wonderful job. It is hard to believe that these works are only temporary. Thanks for sharing such great, yet fleeting, pieces of artwork.

  2. kginley1 April 21, 2011 at 2:40 pm #

    I really loved the theme of your exhibit. The mermaids look awesome on street drawings. I loved the way you described each one. The artists use of color and depth just look so amazing. You explained your exhibit very well. Good Job!

  3. iampetjack April 26, 2011 at 8:25 am #

    Your descriptions of this artwork is exceptional. I enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed looking at the pictures. I love the illusion of depth and 3d that the artists can portray. I remember when I was younger and forwards were really popular with email I got a couple with artwork similar to this. I thought it was amazing then, and it still is today.

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