DANIEL VERA Interview about his project «Trasver» – 13-04-2021
Street Art piece that has modified the urban space:
Trasver: 1. tr. Seeing through something.
2. tr. Seeing wrong and mistakenly something.
Location : Binéfar (Huesca), Spain
Year : 2020
1- If you had to choose a Street Art piece that you created, as a transformation of the urban space, which one would you choose? How does this Street Art piece denote urban space metamorphosis?
I would choose Trasver, a work made in the middle of this last year in Binefar, a town in the province of Huesca, Spain. In this case, besides being a metamorphosis, it is also a mimesis with the environment. My aim was to make the building disappear by replacing it with a tree represented from three points of view corresponding to the three faces intervened in the support.
2- Why did you make this Street Art piece in this urban space? Was it the town hall or the property owner who authorized or asked you to create it? Can we consider this work as illegal/vandalism or legal, what is your criteria?
One of the activities that most helped me to form myself as an artist during my artistic studies was outdoor landscape painting. I am passionate about finding the colors that are part of reality and applying them in my works. When the call from Binéfar’s City Council appeared, I decided to take landscape painting to the next level. I knew that until I was physically there I would not be able to get an idea of the environment and the colors surrounding the wall. I have always been passionate about nature and in some of my works you can glimpse some environmental claims. During the period before the call I was in a small village in the region of Zaragoza that had a solitary tree in the town square, this image caught my attention and it stayed with me, so I decided to represent it in the mural.
I don’t think it is vandalism because it has been supervised by the city council at all times and the purpose of the work was to create a new thought from an aesthetic friendly to the viewer.
3- What is the message you want to communicate through this Street Art piece? Is it related to the urban space where you did it?
My intention was to replace a human construction with a natural element (a tree in this case) but many people in the audience have given me other very nice interpretations of this work. This work is intrinsically related to the space where it has been carried out, without everything that surrounds it it would have no sense of being.
4- How was this work integrated into the urban space? What was the interaction that the inhabitants of this city had with your project? Did they participate in its creation?
The work was integrated in a very natural way in its location. I remember that while I was painting it, the cars were buzzing and shouting «It’s beautiful!» and they continued their journey…to this day I still haven’t received any negative criticism and that leads me to think that I did something right. I carried out this production alone, but I also love doing participatory murals, especially with the children, because they feel that they are part of their environment and they realize what they can do themselves.
5- Do you think it is important that the local people participate during the production of your work and that they become artists modifying the urban space or do you prefer to carry out your projects alone without anyone seeing you?
I love to involve people in my creations, but it often depends on the project. There are many ways to involve the viewer, such as proposing them to look at your work from different points of view.
6- According to you, what is the criteria that determines your Street Art work modifies the urban space and why is your work considered aesthetically well done?
This particular painting can be considered a well done work because it responds to the plastic languages of academia and is a code that the spectator understands at first sight. However, I believe that urban art is art – urban and in art there are many more languages and trends that can still be adapted to this space. Any element or action related to urban space is already a modifying agent, a pedestrian or a car already gives dynamism to a street.
7-What is the “historical future” of your work? Should we take care of it, preserve it and repaint it as if it were a museum’s piece of art? Or should it be allowed to age with the city itself?
It is still too early to know what will come, urban art is at the mercy of the world and it is inevitable that it will be modified by anyone else sharing the space at a given time, many artists have works in disused places and it is inevitable that their work may disappear. I think the most important task is to document as much of this work as possible.
The difference between a museum piece and an urban artwork is only the setting in which it appears.
It is still a young movement and I think there is a lot to be learned both in preserving the works and in studying the passage of time on them. Personally, one of my goals is to work with this inevitable process in mind and use it to the benefit of my work.
8- How does your work add value to the urban space in which it is produced?
Everything that is modified already acquires value because it has been manipulated. Urban art is capable of giving new points of interest to everyday spaces and that already has an added value.
9- What were the difficulties that you encountered during the completion of your work modifying the urban space?
In this project, the biggest difficulty I faced was the time I had to do the mural (3 days), the uneven terrain that makes it difficult to move around the three sides in a comfortable way and the weather conditions like painting at 40º in the sun in the middle of August or the rain on the last day.
10- Why is urban art important to modify the urban space? What sort of projects are you planning to do in the future ?
For me it is important since it is a new way to enjoy the city, both by performing the works and by contemplating the works of the other artists with whom I share the stage. Art is a means of expression that can show us new realities or be capable of making concrete situations visible, what better place to share this vision than a public space.
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