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From Mexican Renaissance to French Automorphose

by mana on September 24th, 2010
Windshield Surfer

Windshield Surfer

Murals tell stories of culture, religion, and history to all social classes. In that sense, they are more of a political or street art.   Murals reflect the needs, struggles, and hopes of their communities.  One of the best known mural artists is the Mexican Diego Rivera. Rivera’s work appears in many of the best art museums throughout the world, including the Hermitage in St. Petersburg and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

For Pierrick Gaumé, the French artist, murals can look quite different when reflected on cars, creating a universe not seen before.  “The Windshield Surfer” is an unmanipulated digital photograph shot in San Francisco at the corners of Valencia and 18th Street in the Mission district.  It is so amusing that even the little boy, himself a reflection, is surfing all over to examine the colorful movements of the building’s reflection.

Pierrick has come from France, the land of formal gardens, royal castles and cobblestone streets, to San Francisco to find a different interpretation of the universe around him while walking on its streets.  We leave it up to you to find yours when looking at his Automorphose series.  This very friendly artist is busy with an exhibit in Tours, France, and another in California, but in his sleepless hours of work, he certainly does not want to lose his dreams of moving to California one day to capture more extraordinary things in everyday streets.

You can take a closer look at the boy examining the reflection, at the Lush Finesse event held on October 2nd at the Fremont Hills Country club.  See for further information.

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