- Artist: Levalet
- Title: Kit Choisir sa ligne
- Year: 2014
- Edition of: 100
- Sheet Size: 80 x 120 cm
- Technique: Offset screen print on paper
- Price range : Price upon request
Charles Leval, aka Levalet, is a French artist who takes advantage of Paris’ architecture, combining his knowledge of theatre and painting especially, with a keen eye for topography, to produce site-specific scenes painted with Indian ink.
He was born in Epinal, and spent his youth in Guadeloupe, where he experienced urban graffiti culture. He trained initially in Strausbourg, studying painting and then animation. Interested in video installations located on the streets, Levalet developed a style which focuses on an interaction between the subject of the artworks and the dimensions and features of the space they’re in. For Levalet, urban art is part of the identity of the city, and the technicality of defining private property gives the idea of public space a new dimension. Inspired by the likes of Blek le Rat, Krzysztof Wodiczko, and Zevs, Levalet aims to explore the architectural diversity of Paris, favoring alleys and passages which create an immediate intimacy with the viewer.
A lot of thought goes into location too as each piece usually interacts with its environment in one way or another.
“Topography is very important for me, this is why I always check a place out before I work on it, I try to mix the world of representation with the real world by playing on the physical cohesion of the situations I put up. Architecture supports my work. Then I work on staging the artwork with photographs.”