British artist INSA is known for blurring the lines between tangible art and digital online art. His new project is an impressive space GIF, painted in Brazil and photographed from space. As a lover of graffiti he has said: “graffiti was everything I wanted art to be.” He fuses this passion with an innovative approach to creating graffiti GIF’s, giving graffiti a new ability to be created specifically for the online space.
The GIF-ITI murals, are made by creating an entire mural of graffiti art, photographing it, and then entirely repainting it on the same location, in a new frame, and so on, until a stop-motion sequence has been captured. The effect is fantastic, but INSA wanted to kick-up this graffiti GIF technique to a new level: space.
“I’m fascinated with the idea of creating art from space.”
Using the same principle, of creating a mural, this time on tarmac (and on a huge scale) INSA was taking his stills images from a satellite in space this time. He repainted four different murals over the course of four days, and compiled the four images from the satellite to create his space based GIF.
British street artist, INSA, has recently published an animated GIF captured by a satellite 431 miles away in space. Well known for his combination work of animating his streetart through GIFs, INSA himself states that his work is “cutting edge art for the tumblr generation.”
Now having created the largest animated painting in existence, INSA has now become a point of reference as the king of Graffiti +GIF-ing aka “Gifiti”. The four-frame animation that was painted over 576hours in Brazil could only be photographed by satellite, since it measured 57,515 square meters.
Jasper Wong and the people behind POW! WOW! had their eyes set on Taiwan this year and successfully took over Taipei, with a talented crew of Taiwanese artists and talent from abroad. With walls situated in popular locales including the Taipei Zoo, Treasure Hill, Zhongshan Metropolitan Mall, Songshan Cultural Park, the spread of this year’s festival walls definitely marked a successful first year. The crew of artists touring included Aaron De La Cruz, INSA, James Jean, and Brendan Monroe, who will paint alongside local Taiwanese talent like HANIBOI, Reach, and Colasa. Check out the POW! WOW! Taiwan video and the festival website for more info. Photographs were sent to us by american photographer Sean Marc Lee, currently based in Taiwan:
Working with volunteer models, bikes (INSA’s current preferred icon of commodified culture), and large scale painted walls INSA creates momentary installations in public spaces.
In this set of photographic works INSA orchestrates a conflicting dialogue between all the elements and explicitly subordinates the value of his own street art to both the possessed object of the bike and the overtly sexualized female presence. Thus questioning our individual perceptions of ownership of public space, of sexuality and of belonging(s).
INSA, who showed at our FIFTY24SF Gallery this past February, just completed his largest Gif-iti piece yet in Newcastle, England for the White Walls Project there. As WWP writes, “The beauty of INSA’s GIF-ITI is that it only truly lives when viewed online, where these days most street art ends up being viewed, and exaggerates the ephemeral nature of graffiti as each layer is painted instantly over the last. Mixing retro internet technology and labour intensive painting, INSA creates slices of infinite un-reality, cutting edge art for the tumblr generation.