r1 is one of South Africa's leading street artists and is based in Johannesburg He is a multi-layered artist that over the years has used various materials and combined them through inventive ways to create sitespecific works in an attempt to find a: visual conversation. His visual language is the re-combination of his environment, documenting it and then giving the viewer a different perspective on how we see our day-to-day surroundings. His work has developed not just as mere conceptual street art pieces, but hos transformed into permanent public artworks and exhibited works. Although his work has developed into multi-facets, he is renowned for his signature geometric style which reverts to the chevron design. This design is commonly found in rood-safety signs and equipment (ie: chevron street signs and barrier tape). r1 takes these simple and recognisable geometric symbols and re-appropriates them into a new narrative. He's particularly inspired by the chevron designs and finds ways to manipulate and develop its design to reveal a unique visual aesthetic His use of these materials and designs ore directly linked to his exploration and relationship of how a city like Johannesburg is structured with its seen and unseen boundaries. Effortlessly blending these designs, his current practice seeks to combine elements with contemporary visual referents into new forms that reveal on impressive complexity attention to detail. Creating balance and harmony from symmetrical repetitions, a build-up of layers and techniques of visual illusion, his multi-layered patterned compositions produce a poetic rhythm (vibration) that plays with the viewer's perception and the (multiple) possibilities of interpretation. Besides the numerous public art interventions he hos accomplished in South Africa, he has also been creating in various countries and also been showcasing his work internationally as port of the street art community including Le Voyage à Nantes Festival, Fronce (20 16), Urban Art l'>iennole, Germany (20 17), Nosimi Art Festival, Azerbaijan, 2018.
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