Argentinian artist and muralist Elian Chali is back in his hometown Cordoba where he recently finished a new mural at the Faculty of Architecture of Universidad Católica de Córdoba (UCC).
Titled “Public Essay of Opacity”, the project was coordinated by the Architects Pablo Bisio and Esteban Bondone and painted on one of the rectorate building’s façade.
The initiative was born last year from a workshop organized by the Faculty of Architecture where it was proposed to share with students experiences about other ways to contribute to the architecture, art was one of them. Elian was one of the artists invited to participate in the talks, but due his busy schedule he couldn’t commit to take part in them, instead he suggested to participate through an intervention. The result is a beautiful abstract mural, a diptych that plays with the shape and qualities og the structure and surface. In Elian’s words:
‘This is my first experience doing a diptych work on the public space.
As always, let the environment be part of the main characteristics of the artwork, on this case, all the chromatic developing, is modified by the different backgrounds. We can see the piece on the left with super brightness colours and white on the back. On the right the saturation is less than her sister piece, because all the colours loose sharpness with the concrete, and this dirty gray start it become part of the artwork.
I found this interesting, the behavior of many things related of architecture and urbanism depend of all the context, sometimes something simple, make a big difference on a final result of something bigger.
All the composition are made thinking on this concept of diptych. Without the repetition of the elements in both pieces, is impossible to generate a comparison. Is necessary put the same shapes on different situations to understand the functionality of this. All our entire life, have the same mechanism, we need to compare, see and analyse before believe.’
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