Working primarily with large scale wheat pastes of black and white portraits, street artist JR has gained recognition—although his actual identity is still considered unknown—among his peers and art-conscious citizens all over the world to win both public support and a TED Prize in 2011. While his work can be seen on building facades across the globe, his outstanding goal of delivering art to the masses and encouraging them to question societal norms has taken a leap through technology this week with the release of an eponymous art app and his first digital art book, “The Wrinkles of The City, Los Angeles.”
Available for free, the comprehensive app delivers a wide range of content tracing JR’s global street installations on a project map, in videos and on Instagram. The video section stands out for its impressive range of content from the artist’s inspiring TED Talks in 2011 and 2012 to behind-the-scenes footage on the making of his open-eye murals pasted throughout Rio de Janeiro’s Morro da Providência favela and the 28 Millimeter Project of full-frame portraits of youths living in Paris’ most disenfranchised ghettos.
Documenting JR’s most recent body of work, the digital book, “Wrinkles of The City, Los Angeles,” offers high definition making-of footage and video interviews with project participants. The portrait-style project aims to highlight the aging faces of a variety of individuals in a city where tight skin and youth are often considered the pinnacle of perfection. From a 93-year-old old East Coast transplant to a veteran carpenter, each insightful story is on display in detail through the downloadable art book.
Find JR’s art app in the iTunes store for free. “The Wrinkles of The City, Los Angeles” can be purchased from iBookstore on iPad or online through iTunes for $6. For more information on JR and his expansive art installations visit his website.
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