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“ONCE” Deconstructs and Reconstructs His Tag for 12 + 1 Project In Barcelona

Posted on June 15, 2017

Abstraction is something we spoke recently with French graffiti writer Jeroen Erosie about in Berlin, and here in Barcelona we find that ONCE is interested in deconstruction of the revered letter form as well. Even hardcore lovers of letters like to blow them up, explode them, inflate them, deflate them, stream line and distill them to an essence.

ONCE. Contorno Urbano “12 x 1” 2017. Barcelona. (photo © Alex Miró)

Influenced by Bauhaus and Russian propaganda posters during the revolution, Catalonia born ONCE says he doesn’t really think that he is using abstract methods of manipulating his text into something unrecognizable. “Although for the general public,” he says, “these are only geometric shapes and they are more likely to think that I am painting with abstraction.” His control of aspects of fine art lettercraft reflects some of that heralded industrial society that was lauded a hundred years ago and it is somehow quite modern as well.

For his wall with the 12 + 1 project in Sant Feliu de Llobregat, we can see his fearless dedication to form, to classical graffiti and his dexterity for incorporating them into the evolving contemporary mural.

ONCE. Contorno Urbano “12 x 1” 2017. Barcelona. (photo © Alex Miró)

ONCE. Contorno Urbano “12 x 1” 2017. Barcelona. (photo © Alex Miró)

ONCE. Contorno Urbano “12 x 1” 2017. Barcelona. (photo © Alex Miró)

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