Elimination as revealing – PEJAC & Vhils
Street Artist PEJAC recently revealed some new work from time spent in the northern Spanish village of El Astillero. The work is delicate, using sandpaper as a primary tool to bring the whiter tones to the forefront of the piece, then highlighting and refining the work using brush work. Entitled “New Order,” the piece stands as a gentle introduction to the spring season.
In the same fashion that Vhils creates huge portraits using drills to chip away at the wall in a specific fashion to reveal a work rather than the standard ‘add to’ process, there is definitely something intriguing about this method. Whilst PEJACs work is not directly to my taste, graffiti relies on taking space and there is certainly something we can take from the process of elimination inherent in the work – anybody want to step up and start chipping their moniker into walls?
The elimination of material this process relies on is ultimately more destructive to the wall than the adherence of paint to it – so why are we not utilising this technique more in the name of longevity of our names? Vhils work must certainly have a material longevity that is more guaranteed than that of tags.
Street Art is often thought of as the naive cousin of Graffiti, but there is knowledge to be taken from a difference of process within a shared ideal. What else could we learn?