Artist Marko 93 will teach you a technique that’s pushing the boundaries of art
hink street art. Think graffiti. Well, mostly. But there’s another artform that has now caught the imagination of digital-savvy artists around the world. It’s called ‘light painting’. It is done by controlling the amount of light that enters a camera’s lens, and using this concentrated light to draw something on a photograph. Understandably, the source of light is hand-held so that you can draw freely; and the painting is complete in a minute or less. And, the results are surreal, often confused with photoshopped pieces.
This Saturday, you can learn the art of light painting from renowned French street artist Stéphane Marco Clément aka Marko 93. The Alliance Francaise is bringing him to Bengaluru for a series of workshops and collaborations with local talent. He is on a month-long tour of India; and has already done a spectacular light painting of a river along Kolkata’s Prinsep Ghat along with 20 film students.
The Bengaluru project
Besides doing graffiti and mural paintings at Rangoli Metro Art Centre, and a few more works of street art around the town, Marko plans to compile a light painting video that will highlight historical spots in Bengaluru. This is part of his widely popular ‘Monulighting’ project, where he draws light photos on monuments.
The 42-year-old hasn’t yet figured out the venues which will form his canvas, but he sure is looking forward to being here. “It will be an occasion for artistic exchanges and dialogues via painting. I will also do some night photos,” he shares.
Local street art-enthusiasts Ullas Hydoor (an architect) and Poornima Sukumar (freelance artist) will work along with Marko on these assignments.
It was while growing up in the suburbs of Saint-Denis in Paris, at the age of 15, when Marko made his first graffiti. The hip hop culture soon entered the scene and he was spray-painting walls and even railways tracks, combining scenes from the streets and caricatures of common man. He took up a paintbrush much later.
In 1999, he got transfixed by a movie poster “of a car that was leaving streams of red lights with its headlamps”. That’s how it started. After understanding the technique from a photographer, he painted his signature with lights.
He tells us about the philosophy behind his art, “The practice of light painting is mobile and autonomous in nature. My goal is to work with numerous people on a single work of light art, reveal the invisible, and express sentiments through light on the streets in the night.”
In love with India
This is his second tour of the country for light painting workshops. Last time, he worked along with a Bharatanatyam dancer to make live light painting videos. “The first time I had come to India, I came alone with my own means to discover this country and to practice my art,” says Marko, adding that he would “love to do light paintings in the ancient temples across India”.
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— Barkha Kumari