Well over half of the world’s population already lives in cities and this number is only continuing to expand, and that is rapidly. Mass production, opportunity and the pursuit of individuals’ dreams, all continue to instill the desire to compete in the urban landscape. In this post, we explore the works of Evol, a Berlin based street artist who shapes micro cities using public objects and spaces to generate a dialogue regarding our urban condition. Evol uses stencils to shape electric boxes into multi-level housing units with satellite dishes, closed curtains, balconies and window sills where their diverse use only provokes viewers to take a second look.
Evol uses anything that resembles the scale and proportions of architectural elements to begin defining the next micro-city. His technique is composed of carefully studying the object, the current state of the material and then working with it to create his multi- level composition. The texture of the objects allows him to create buildings that seem to have been there for decades, showing their wear and tear sometimes created by weather, salt, oxidation and time. His diverse set of stencils add variety and movement to his vertical surfaces whether it is opening a window, or adding a satellite or flower pots to a window sill, they all help shape the organic and personal touch of different housing units. His scenes are both ironic and nostalgic, isolating the scenes once they are captured through photography. In some regards, his work more resembles the work of a photojournalist than a grafitti artist, and it is this tension which makes his work so very captivating, interesting and desirable to follow.