Street Art Inspiration

Those of us who have visual minds find that although we dream in color, there is one fact that is inherently black and white. We are cursed to picture things in our mind that we would rather not – but on the flip-side we are blessed to have the ability to envision a draft-worthy product before we even have the materials ready to sketch. Some visual-minded individuals, like Nikita Nomerz of Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, are blessed to see things that do not exist, and have the ability to bring them to life. Nomerz has brilliantly personified a collection of towers, dilapidated buildings, and deteriorating urban spaces by forcing us all to see what he sees.

I imagine that when Nomerz sees an opportunity, he immediately feels an itch or craving that can only be scratched or satiated by dropping everything to share his discovery with the world (much like it has been for me about writing this post). A very elementary example of my own is found in the FRCH lobby. Months after Jon Lewis tagged the column, I discovered a bear lurking in a blob. The only option was to postpone lunch to force everyone else to see it too. Hence the reason for calling it a curse.

Below is a more thorough collection of Nomerz’s work. The way that he uses architectural elements to create facial features is amazing. I love how he maintains the integrity of his surfaces to bring life to the canvas rather than creating a completely separate work of art.

“Open Your Eyes” – Irkutsk, Russia – 2011.. The eyebrows are obvious, but the roof pitch looks to me like a beret. And the shutters could be ears, or possibly even sideburns.

“Watcher Man” – Kransoyarsk Krai, Russia – 2011… Another vision impaired building.

“The Fire in the Eyes” – Nizhny Novgorod, Russia – 2011… Watch the video of Nomerz creating this spirited piece in time lapse. Skip to 0:45 to avoid the interlude of leaves.

“The Big Brother” – Nizhny Novgorod, Russia – 2011

“River Man” – Novosibirsk, Russia – 2011

“The Faces” – Perm, Russia – 2011… Real life Thomas the Tank Engine.. sans the engine…

“Tower Man” – Perm, Russia – 2011

“Underground Dweller” – Nizhny Novgorod, Russia – 2011

Nomerz’s ability (and successful effort) to bring life to the otherwise ignored is such an inspiration. This might seem random, but while seeing and studying these works of art, I am continuously reminded of John Keating’s quote in Dead Poets Society: “I stand upon my desk to remind myself that we must constantly look at things in a different way.”

– visit Nikita Normerz’s personal blog to explore his other works.

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3 Responses to Street Art Inspiration

  1. Love this post and Bens work, thanks for sharing it with us.

  2. Reblogged this on International Visual and commented:
    Love this post from Creative Fuel, Nikitas work is amazing and gives new life to old buildings. This is how buildings in run down areas should be brought back to life.

  3. Sully says:

    sweet post! spooky yet magical work:)

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