Let’s face it, fast pace living is not working for us well! Our lives pass right in front of our noses. We are losing connection with our true self, our inner child. And that is sad! Instead of focusing on working 16 hours a day on a shitty job, we should really consider saving our neglected spirit from wheel of boredom we now call life. That is why I am presenting here today one amazing man who took it upon himself to cure your mundane life from eternal sleep, and inspire the heck out of you with his street art! David Zinn!
His one of the kind chalk creations merged with everyday city landscape are something you can’t just pass by. “Occupy your imagination, or someone else will” is his motto, and I must say, he is doing it perfectly!
David’s art pieces seam so perfectly fitting for every situation, so I was interested in what inspires him to create.
The drawings are usually suggested by an arrangement of specks on the sidewalk and/or an interesting fixture nearby. It’s a lot like seeing shapes in clouds, except that I have the opportunity to add more definition to what I see.
Some of the best examples of this can be seen bellow. David is fully aware of his environment, and he uses shapes to create interesting and engaging scenes that are joy to explore.
Why did you choose this specific technique for your street art?
Because chalk art is impermanent and requires almost no setup or cleanup, it offers maximum freedom to create spontaneous acts of creativity.
And indeed, his spontaneity is not only seen in street art pieces, but everywhere he goes.
Why street art, over traditional approach?
Street art is incorporated into the surfaces and environment of the real world, which gives it more of an impact than art found in a frame or a gallery. You don’t read a brochure or a wall plaque before experiencing a piece of street art; you just turn a corner and it’s there. Like it or hate it, people react to street art without putting themselves into an “art appreciation” state of mind first, and I think that reaction is more honest and more therapeutic.
What is your creative process when creating new piece?
After the specks on the sidewalk suggest a drawing, I add my own marks using a piece of vine charcoal on a stick, which lets me stand close to the spot where other people will be standing when they see the finished artwork. Eventually, I have enough drawn that I can risk getting down on the ground to do the full color and shading, although it’s still important to step back periodically to check the progress with one eye closed (or through a camera). The 3D illusion works best that way.
What can your fans expect from you in the future?
I will always be drawing something somewhere, but not knowing what or where is part of the joy of doing it. I’m also trying to make sure that my art is available in forms that don’t require a computer screen; so far, I have a book and a calendar available at zinnart.com/store, and I’m hoping to add more options soon.
Street art, key to inspiration!
There is not much to say about these wonderful pieces of street art except that they are really necessary in this crazy world where we lack imagination and creativity on a daily basis. Thank you David for doing us all a favor and sharing your imaginary world with us.
I hope to see these drawings in my country one day soon.
Love you all,
Visual content courtesy of David Zinn