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“No Limit” in Borås, Update 2: Joe Iurato Climbing the Streets

“No Limit” in Borås, Update 2: Joe Iurato Climbing the Streets

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The city of Borås, Sweden is picturesque already when you are wandering through its cobbled side streets and along the Viskan River that whispers and weaves through it past churches, old textile factories, and small rolling green parks and sweeping willow trees. Suddenly finding a small impromptu but perfectly placed installation from New Jersey’s Joe Iurato is just another surprise you weren’t expecting.

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Joe Iurato. No Limit Festival 2015. Boras, Sweden. September 2015. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

A skateboarder, hiker, rock climber, and young father, Joe brings a sense of discovery to a spot with his stenciled cut-out 2-d sculptures. Over the last couple of years he has really mastered the art of placement and it was not uncommon this past week to see the clean-cut cargo-shorted dude scoping the streets and facades of this 400 year old city looking for the perfect spot to pitch one of his figurative elements.

A couple of years ago in a feature we did on Joe he said he isn’t looking for longevity with the pieces, just a moment of recognition of the humanity of the scene. “I’m not under any false impressions that these could be landmark pieces or anything,” he told us.

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Joe Iurato. No Limit Festival 2015. Boras, Sweden. September 2015. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Each piece has a specific personality and usually is caught mid-movement, adding a story to the moment if you care to use your imagination and place the piece into your own tale.

“I try to see the possibilities for a larger picture within a smaller space: a puddle can become a lake, a small crack in a cement wall can become a magnificent climb, a curb or window ledge can fall away into a desperate void, a planter box can become a place for a child to play, and a shadow might be a tangible space for a few seconds a day. There’s no limit to the possibilities and I find myself more and more looking at the environment for ways to interact.”

Here are some examples of Joe’s pieces in Borås during the last few days. One in particular featuring Joe’s two sons proved to be a perfect posing spot for some Swedish youth who sat for our photographer to get the shot on this bridge over the Viskan.

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Joe Iurato. No Limit Festival 2015. Boras, Sweden. September 2015. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Joe Iurato. No Limit Festival 2015. Boras, Sweden. September 2015. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Joe Iurato. No Limit Festival 2015. Boras, Sweden. September 2015. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Joe Iurato. No Limit Festival 2015. Boras, Sweden. September 2015. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Joe Iurato. No Limit Festival 2015. Boras, Sweden. September 2015. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

 

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“No Limit” in Borås, Update 1 : Temporary, Anamorphic David Zinn

“No Limit” in Borås, Update 1 : Temporary, Anamorphic David Zinn

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No Limits is in it’s second year in Borås, Sweden and the mural festival has been a success aside from two days of rain that displaced the travel plans of a number of the artists. Primarily a beautification project and less about hard-core street art culture, No Limits has the support of city and business officials and much of the citizenry in this downtown district of a town built on the textile industry.

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David Zinn. No Limit Festival 2015. Boras, Sweden. September 2015. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

While many of last years and this years murals are of the 3 and 4 story high variety, we were interested to find the small interventions of commercial illustrator David Zinn popping up from concrete throughout the downtown district and thought you might enjoy his ability to mess with your optics and open another door to a world just beneath the bricks.

“I don’t care whether it lasts or not,” says Zinn as we look around this granite flooring of a main square in the Centrum of Borås . “It’s supposed to go away.” By the fading coloring you can tell that it will definitely be ethereal.

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David Zinn. No Limit Festival 2015. Boras, Sweden. September 2015. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

As you position your camera around this camera-ready art you discover that it works best when you find the correct angle that produces a three dimensional effect – something he refers to as anamorphic art. “It’s meant to be seen from a specific viewpoint,” Zinn explains while a couple of people walk over to see what we are looking at and pointing to.

“Ideally you’ll get the feeling that it is actually a hole in the ground.” He stops to assist a visitor who is trying to get a good cell phone shot – “Yeah you want this line to point up to here, so a little to the left,” he says as he crouches and mimics the position the shooter should take for best even.

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David Zinn. No Limit Festival 2015. Boras, Sweden. September 2015. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

The work is fantasy, perhaps something that will remind of illustrations from children’s books. He actually envisions the surprise element of a discovered creature from the perspective of a child when he plans his installations.

“I’d rather that a person who is on their cellphone walks right over it and misses it if it also means that a kid who is bored and is actually wishing something interesting would happen that day – that he would be like ‘Hey, what the heck is this?’ with a lot of excitement. They get to enjoy it because no one lead them by the hand to experience this piece of art.”

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David Zinn. No Limit Festival 2015. Boras, Sweden. September 2015. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

A no-nonsense and agreeable sort, Zinn is a self-taught artist living in Ann Arbor, Michigan who just happens to be in this small Swedish town 25 minutes from Gothenburg doing drawings on the street. He says he doesn’t make art for art’s sake, eschews the idea of a museum experience, and prefers to make temporary works that disappear. “This was the first form of art that I could find that escapes that proscribed way of telling people how to experience art.” He has made one exception here – his first permanent (or semi-permanent) piece at the base of a former textile mill now used as a library, science center, and museum, among other things.

Clearly Zine is making the work for people to capture and share through photography as well as to discover in hidden spots and in the short time we have been here the local residents are happily discovering the pieces thanks to a map prepared by the well organized festival. “The work itself cannot be framed and put on your wall,” he says as we walk upon an illustration of a pig who he says has already made it to Swedish television. We stop talking so that he can pose for a photo for someone who has been trolling behind us listening and watching while the artist explains his work.

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Boras, Sweden. September 2015. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

 

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