Get Caught in a Splinter Shower in These Graphite-on-Wood Works
Pressed wood panels mixed with graphite uncover a dialogue on man’s unassuming environmental destruction.
To the artistic mind, the dichotomy between the natural world, and the destruction of man is a never-ending source for creative pursuits. From a huge spacious sky overlooking a landfill of rubber tires, to the chipped walls of a refugee camp surrounded by rubble surrounded by rubble, street artist Pejac is drawn to societal devastation. His latest series of 2D works play off a medium of pressed wood panels, showcasing the material so that, in turn, it becomes part of the artist's message.
By using minute brushstrokes that contrast the bright white of the wood pulp with the opaqueness of the dark graphite pencil, the artist creates the illusion of an immersive wood chip shower in his pieces. The swirling landscape of wooden shards often surround a central character, whether he is a leaping buck or lost-in-the-rain wooden doll. A piece in Pejac's series, titled Redemption, is a particularly imbued with irony: Suicide Torch, which depicts a tiny man carrying a fiery torch amid a forest of scattered wood. The artist describes the spectacle, "This image works a bit like a fable, where a person, despite being surrounded by wood, prefers to risk his life and light a torch enabling him to see, instead of living immersed in the darkness."
In short, Redemption is meditation on man within the larger universe. "The beauty of the pressed wood seems to hide the arrogance of man in its relation with nature. These panels have [a] sort of aesthetic warmth, but at the same, a sense of devastation, making it contradictory, which directly refers to my way of understanding art."
See a few photos of Pejac's newest series, Redemption, below: