Artist Marko 93 will teach you a technique thata��s pushing the boundaries of art
hink street art. Think graffiti. Well, mostly. But therea��s another artform that has now caught the imagination of digital-savvy artists around the world. Ita��s called a�?light paintinga��. It is done by controlling the amount of light that enters a cameraa��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 StA�phane Marco ClA�ment 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 Kolkataa��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 a�?Monulightinga�� project, where he draws light photos on monuments.
The 42-year-old hasna��t yet figured out the venues which will form his canvas, but he sure is looking forward to being here. a�?It will be an occasion for artistic exchanges and dialogues via painting. I will also do some night photos,a�? 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 a�?of a car that was leaving streams of red lights with its headlampsa�?. Thata��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, a�?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.a�?
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. a�?The first time I had come to India, I came alone with my own means to discover this country and to practice my art,a�? says Marko, adding that he would a�?love to do light paintings in the ancient temples across Indiaa�?.
November 7, 10 am. Details:
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