Sunday, January 07, 2007

Janez Jevnikar - Sprayman

"Aerosolgraphia" (spray painting) is a fascinating technique for producing art and it not limited to surreptitious grafitti excursions. This artist uses spray paint to create complicated compositions. You can click on the the title above and visit his website. There you will see videos demonstrating his method of painting. Because of the nature of the acrylic spray paints, he has to work extremely quickly to get the effects he wants before the paint dries. In the video, he creates a scene in ten minutes AND his studio is on the street, so he is being watched the whole time by an audience. Notice how he works from back to the front in his compositions. He obviously has a great deal of experience with his materials and techniques to be able to work so quickly!


Jenn S. said...

I remember you showing us a video about this during art!

its so awesome how you can manipulate the painting techniques to get it how you want it to be!

i loooovvveee this picture
ah! xD

Joy Hill said...

What caught my attention with this picture, quite honestly, was its similarity to the beginning of the fifth element. (: I'm sorry. I just had to say that.

If this is, as you say it was, done with spray paints, then the work that went into this magnificent piece is almost palpable. There is, from what I can tell, five layers (counting the mix of purple and blue as two different layers.)
The two planets (I think they're planets) stand out most of all because of their yellow-orange color, especialy against the dark sky. The pyramids are given an additional boost from the stark lines that outline their edges, and the rays coming from it. The planets are downplayed by the foggy edges and the comparison with the pyramids' grandeur.
The tapering grid's main purpose seems to project distance, but it also adds to the surreal nature (I'm using the word 'surreal' in a very non-art-related way) of the piece, and amplified by the almost hazy coloring of the blue and purple mix (which, in a way, can be seen as the desert at night.)
This piece is wonderful, but not necessarily satisfying, and leaves the audience (or at least me) wondering what is behind (or inside the pyramids to make them shine so.