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Miniature Silhouetted People Playfully Interact With the Urban Landscape

Three years ago, the artist Pejac lived in a house with a lot of windows located in Valencia, Spain. He didn't have any curtains hung, but used the crystal-clear view of apartment buildings and a security camera to experiment with paper and acrylic works on glass. Pejac's lack of privacy coupled with ample sunlight resulted in simple silhouetted pieces that play with scale and his surrounding urban landscape.

Although the artist is recognized for his outdoor street art, we can't help but be captivated by these smaller, more intimate works. They cleverly integrate figures in situations that we'd never imagine anyone to be: standing on the top of a very tall and thin pole, swinging off a building's roof, and fishing for birds flying in mid air. At first glance, these optical illusions seem to fool the eye into thinking that they're real.

The playful works from the past have influenced one of Pejac's more recent pieces, which features a window drawing of a tightrope walker. It's a tribute to the legendary French high-wire walker Philippe Petit and commemorates the 40th anniversary of his journey between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City.

Pejac website and Facebook page
Tightrope walker photos by Silvia Guinovart Pujol; all other photos by Paco Esteve
via [Hi Fructose]

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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