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Artists Use Graffiti to Erase Objects

Friday, July 28, 2017

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A team of Russian graffiti artists have visually deleted a car and a dumpster using paint and light.

The anamorphic illusion—which is an illusion based on intentional distortion—was created by a team of artists led by Dmitry Chabanov for Stenograffia 2017, a graffiti festival in Russia. According to Creators, the checkered background refers to the background of a deleted image in Photoshop. The installation was aptly named after the relevant keyboard shortcut “CTRL+X.”

Creating an Illusion

In order to create the deleted effect, the artists painted both a dumpster and a car in white. 

After the sun went down, a projector was used to shine a patterned light on both objects. This was angled from the direction the illusion was meant to be seen. From there, the artists used the projection as a guide to trace lines to help make the final illusion come to life.

After applying tape and spray-painting the appropriate regions grey, the end result is the impression that the car and the dumpster were erased in Photoshop.

According to Creators, a significant portion of graffiti’s history involves what has been covered up. The anamorphic illusion serves to cover up reality itself.


Tagged categories: Asia Pacific; Color + Design; Color + Design; EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa); Latin America; North America; Paint; Paint application

Comment from Michael Cooper, (7/28/2017, 9:30 AM)

it's more of an art installation piece. It's a totally different car that was used, not the one in the original photograph. And the final graphics don't match up to the projected image. Other than that, pretty cool.

Comment from M. Halliwell, (7/28/2017, 11:18 AM)

It's the same car....they just replaced a headlight, part of the grill and a couple wheels then re-aligned the 2nd driver's mirror. When you look at the project images, it looks like they revised their grid to something a bit "chunkier" before they actually started taping and painting (which matches the final version). Interesting spin on it and good for a laugh if you've ever used Photoshop.

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