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Walk The Walk, Chalk The Chalk - Crafty Street Art

Carmine at Bleeker, New York, New York. 2006.Carmine at Bleeker, New York, New York. 2006.

When you were little, did you ever play outside with chalk by drawing pictures on the ground? While many of us have before, this artist uses chalk combined with shadows to create his art.

West 9th Street, New York, New York. 2007.West 9th Street, New York, New York. 2007.

Artist Michael Neff has a series of art called Chalk, in which he outlines shadows of objects at nighttime. He has been to various cities such as New York, San Francisco and Seattle in order to display his artwork.
 

Desk and Tree, University Place, New York, New York. 2007.Desk and Tree, University Place, New York, New York. 2007.

When I came across his work, I noticed how simple a concept it was, yet probably took a very long time to create. We see shadows everyday, but who has thought to outline them? And when they are outlined, it brings out the original object even more and causes us to look at the overall effect.

West 11th Street, New York, New York. 2007.West 11th Street, New York, New York. 2007.

I wonder how fast he has to work to get the shadow timed just right with the outline, leaving enough time to take just the right picture. 

West 11th Between 6th and 7th, New York, NY. 2008.West 11th Between 6th and 7th, New York, NY. 2008.

205th St, Shoreline, Washington. 2007.205th St, Shoreline, Washington. 2007.

Boren at Republican, Seattle, Washington. 2007.Boren at Republican, Seattle, Washington. 2007.

In front of St. Luke's Church. Hudson between Barrow and Christopher, New York, New York. 2006.In front of St. Luke's Church. Hudson between Barrow and Christopher, New York, New York. 2006.

I was never any good outlining things as a child, so I’m sure my skills haven’t grown much in that area.  If this were me, I’d probably get angry and frustrated as soon as I drew the first line. I have absolutely no patience, yet I can sit still for hours just watching the walls. It’s a gift…and a curse.

What do you think of this art? Pretty cool, right? Chalk this art up to another winning artist!

 

 

Copyrighted images used with permission. Many thanks to Michael Neff!

Diana Eid
Innovative Arts
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