Skount Levitates From Under an Overpass

Introverts of the World Unite!

Brother, its hard out here. Not just the economy and the evaporating social net and the haters.

But for the introverted types, and there are many in society, just having a public face and interacting with lots of people on the street and at your job or in the barber shop is work. You’d really rather be away from all of this socializing.

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Skount. “Levitation”. Amsterdam. April 2016. (photo © courtesy of the artist)

Today in Amsterdam the artist Skount shows us his concept of that sort of inner life, which he paints hidden under a bridge by himself away from the world. Many graffiti and Street Artists like these quiet places that the infrastructure of our roads and streets and train lines can afford.

“Inspired by the concept of levitation, this mural represents a state of mind, where our hidden feelings and desires from our inner universe provide an upward force that counteracts the weight of the social role established,” he says, depicting a face as a mask that is discarded and lying in a forest of some kind. Perhaps the wearer tired of it, or no longer needed it here alone in the woods with nature, away from social constructions.

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Skount. “Levitation”. Amsterdam. April 2016. (photo © courtesy of the artist)

Skount tells us that he was thinking of that middle psychological/social/spiritual realm where many people actually live in their day-to-day interactions with the world, a place where we are “keeping our thoughts in a state between what we are (identity) and the patterns of behavior that society imposes on an individual.”

Ah well, there is always another tunnel or abandoned factory to paint…

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Skount. “Levitation”. Amsterdam. April 2016. (photo © courtesy of the artist)

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Skount. “Levitation”. Amsterdam. April 2016. (photo © courtesy of the artist)

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Skount. “Levitation”. Amsterdam. April 2016. (photo © courtesy of the artist)

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