A Commissioned installation by Architecture Tkalcic Bengert, This wall is located in the firm’s office space downtown Edmonton, AB. Special thanks to assisting artist Evan Brunt, and Rui Nakao at ATB. Completed in June 2015.
Dealing with the contemporary language of graffiti art – My attempt is to create between traditional methods birthed in the early 80’s golden era, combined with new innovations and a modern approach.
Working with ATB we focused on creating a piece that had a spontaneous and dynamic energy. The process consisted of working in the moment – Similar to how graffiti is created outdoors or on trains, a strike of colour and bold composition created under nightfall. The process provided a contrast to the design oriented work at the ATB firm.
The main anchor in the piece is a graffiti letter piece that reads ‘Boom’ Symbolizing the explosive energy and round shape of the wall. The letter style draws influence from traditional elements and forms. The letters stretch around the wall with dynamic effects, arrows and bits with a modern sense of movement and design.
Drawing upon the building and its history, the piece reflects an industrial quality. Situated on old CN rail lands in a brick building with an open warehouse atmosphere, the piece attempts to parallel with its location. As a finishing method the piece was washed and aged with colours of sienna, umber, ultramarine blues and grays. The result creates a sense of unity with the building with the feeling of a pre-existing and worn graffiti alleyway, balanced with a modern approach and renewed spirit of colour and energy.