Urban Interventionists

Two artists breaking up the monotony of urban environments recently caught our eye. French artist OakOak capitalizes on the seemingly ugly elements of buildings and streets – the cracks in sidewalks, crumbling stones, and peeling paint – and builds from these elements to create larger, witty compositions. Spiderman swings from a long crack in a building, and a smokestack billows the “cloud” of a peeling wall. New Yorker Aakash Nihalani also challenges and shifts our perceptions of the seemingly mundane around us, using tape to create and highlight geometric patterns. Most recently, with his “Sum Times” series, Nihalani uses mathematical symbols to reveal equations otherwise unseen.