Beijing based Street Artist ROBBBB continues to bring people to the streets in his city by way of self portraits and art models. The immediacy of the selfie and photo apps has rather eclipsed the traditional methods of figurative presentation and the inclusion of cartoon characters tells you that ROBBBB is fully immersed in youth pop culture where it digital and virtual are easily intertwined with real life.
Robbbb Narrow Selfie 1 Beijing, China. March 2017. (photo © Robbbb)
“I try to show the pain, conflict, struggle, loneliness and anxiety of Chinese young people in a absurd way,” he tells us, but many of these new images look like they depict a Millennial generation that is confident, bold, humorous, adventurous, unreserved. But that’s just on this side of the screen.
Here are three recent wheat-paste campaigns he made for abandoned Beijing buildings called “Narrow Selfie,” “Three Sisters”, and “Mr. Lee”. He gets extra points for placement, often in direct relationship to the man-made elements that are adjacent to his figures and by doing so, incorporating them into the overall composition.
Robbbb Narrow Selfie 2 Beijing, China. March 2017. (photo © Robbbb)
Robbbb Narrow Selfie 3 Beijing, China. March 2017. (photo © Robbbb)
Robbbb Three Sisters 1. Detail. Beijing, China. March 2017. (photo © Robbbb)
Robbbb Three Sisters 1 Beijing, China. March 2017. (photo © Robbbb)
Robbbb Three Sisters 2 Beijing, China. March 2017. (photo © Robbbb)
Robbbb Three Sisters 3 Beijing, China. March 2017. (photo © Robbbb)
Robbbb Mr. Lee 1 Beijing, China. March 2017. (photo © Robbbb)
Robbbb Mr. Lee 2 Beijing, China. March 2017. (photo © Robbbb)
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