- Juxtapoz Magazine
Currently on view at Beyond the Streets in Los Angeles, Felipe Pantone has created an installation that combines technology and street art, pushing the boundaries of what urban art can be and what it can look like on the street.
Felipe Pantone (1986) is an Argentinian-Spanish artist. He started doing graffiti at the age of 12. He graduated with a Fine Art degree in Valencia (Spain) where his studio is based. Felipe travels the world ceaselessly with his art. His work has been exhibited all over Europe, America, Australia, and Asia.
“Felipe Pantone has earned an international reputation in the graffiti world under the name of Pant1, multiplying actions and collaborations. A prolific artist, his creations are visible on the walls of the whole world: from the Mesa Contemporary Arts Center to the Long Beach Museum of Art (USA) and the Palais de Tokyo (Paris), passing by Mexico City, Osaka, Lisbon, Palestine, Italy or Australia. Invited to the 2016 edition of the Maus Festival in Malaga, the artist has completely repainted a bridge overlooking the river Guadalmedina. Felipe Pantone is the spearhead of a renewed street art scene, which is not confined to outdoor spaces and enchains projects: majestic frescoes, paintings, sculptures or monumental installations.
Felipe Pantone’s approach is to question the current era and its propensity to place new technologies at the center of our daily lives, making us dependent on a superabundance of images and symbols. He himself is passionate about the advent of the internet that allows instant access to the entire history of humanity. The problems he addresses are contemporary and universal: movement, the notion of time, saturation, alienation and destruction.
Considered today as one of the rising stars of international street art, Felipe Pantone, 31, “child of the internet era” as he says himself, exceeds the notion of outdoor spaces and connects projects: monumental frescoes, paintings, sculptures and unusual facilities. Influenced by the era of the Internet of the 80s and 90s, fed with new technologies, he imagines his geometric subjects on modeling software, taking up the aesthetics of 3D creation, which he then reproduces in XXL format or on canvases. It brings them to life by superimposing their installations into disturbing illusions of optics that result in an explosion or an electric shock.
In a powerful dynamic, Pantone extends on the walls with its futuristic style with psychedelic accents that evokes Italian Futurism. There are also abstract and stroboscopic touches that articulate black and white geometric shapes that he combines with bright metallic colors, not unlike the Mire, a visual that appears on the television when there is no show. Visual explosion of a certain brutality, his work is stored in the kinetic art, in the footsteps of a Victor Vasarely or Carlos Cruz-Diez.” —Magda Danysz. Danysz Gallery
Beyond the Streets is on view in Los Angeles through July 6, 2018.