C215 and “Community Service”

New Show and Book Recognize the Impact of the Global Street Stencil Artist

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Photo © Jaime Rojo

In a very short time C215 has become an important phenomenon in street art around the world. BSA has been among the crowd who have been moved by the feelings that arise with a sudden encounter of his work on the street. What gives his stencil work resonance is the light that emanates from within the people he selects from whatever neighborhood he is in. Paolo M., a photographer who goes by the moniker Unusual Image and is featured in the new collection, remarks on C215’s people, “I think that there is a kind of sense of humanity that illuminates them.” It’s an uncanny ability to summon the spirit of a subject through his deft cutting of stencils, but it’s what he does with regularity.

Further distinguishing the work is the level of detail in these hand-cut pieces, incrementally setting a new standard for stencils and portraiture. Says VitoStreet, another featured photographer who has shot numerous of the pieces in the street, “The most amazing things such as feathers, fur, beard, hair are reproduced brilliantly.” Collectively the steady development of the body of work is blurring the line between fine art and street art.

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C215 by photographer RomanyWG

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C215 by photographer Jaime Rojo

This Friday in Paris C215 is debuting a new show of studio work on both floors of  Galerie Itinerrance.

C215, “Community Service”
Paper Back / 132 pages / 22 x 22 cm
Critères Editions
Cover by RomanyWG
Available in bookstores in January 2011
A favorite of Street Art photographers around the world, C215 pays tribute to a dozen of them in this collection, which features Vitostreet (FR), Chrixcel (FR), RomanyWG (GBR), Luna Park
(US), Jaime Rojo (US), Lois Stavsky (US), Jessica Stewart (IT), Vinny Cornelli (US),
Elodie Wilhem (CHE), Lionel Belluteau (FR), Unusualimage (GBR), Gregory J. Smith
(BR).
Community Service is introduced by Steven P. Harrington from Brooklyn Street Art, with a preface by
Marc & Sara Schiller from Wooster Collective and Thierry Froger, collector.
The book also features an interview with the artist by Harrington.
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