JR

Basically everything cool I ever come across either comes from The New York Times or Instagram. Both of those glorious tools helped me learn about JR, who you probably know about if you’re more artsy and cultured than I am.

JR uses the streets as a canvas for his work, creating super-sized portraits and images, often on city buildings, run down houses, or sidewalks. My favorite series of his is called “The Wrinkles of the City”.

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Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, 09 August 2008 Women are heroes. Action in the Favela Morro da Providencia. Br?sil, Rio de Janeiro, 09 ao?t 2008 Women are heroes. Action dans la favela Favela Morro da Providencia. JR / Agence VU

He did a cover for The New York Times magazine, creating a huge image of an urban dweller on an NYC sidewalk, overnight:

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His work is certainly “public” based on our discussion in class next week. But, as with the case above, you can’t view it simply by being there. You also have to be at a certain perspective. I don’t know if I would call it an intervention, however, because it while it interrupts the viewer’s life, it also very smoothly incorporates itself into fixtures in the environment.

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