Shifted Meaning: The Collage Work of Graphikstreet
MICKEY MAO, detail
I was born in Villeneuve-d’Ascq in the north of France in 1973.
I did communication studies. I worked 12 years in advertising agency and I settled in my freelance account in 2009.
I have been doing street photography for 15 years and collage only for 1 year.
It was by photographing posters torn off the street that the idea came to me to retrieve them and make collages.
Mixing old papers and current posters, colors and black and white seemed interesting to me.
Create visual pop, staggered, taking again the codes of advertising.
To propose an urban testimony with a forgotten past, current influences such as street art and pop art, to mix the forms, the colors, the typos to compose a harmonious, original and an esthetic visual.
I started with movie icons like Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, Steve McQueen…
My process is simple, I often share a central subject, a portrait, a car, a scene of life and I compose around in successive layers.
The aerosol paint stains give a more contemporary side, it gives rhythm
to the composition.
I love the colors, the damaged paper, torn off, I find it aesthetic.