Catch Me If You Can
On view 11/5/2015 through 12/19/2015
1AM Gallery is pleased to present, “Catch Me if You Can” with French brother duo street artists, Arthur Maslard A.K.A. Ratur and Oscar Maslard A.K.A. Sckaro featuring a collection of incredible surrealist oil paintings. Pieces are listed in the order that they appear.
RATUR and SCKARO have painted side by side their entire lives on the steets and in the studio constantly pushing the envelope with their developed fraternal pursuit. Inspired by not only graffiti art culture but also by traditional European and Flemish paintings, the brothers respond to each other’s work producing ever more extensive polished pieces; consequently creating a kind of back and forth battle. They so eloquently named this battle, “Catch Me if You Can.”
++From the artists
“Hands are the fastest way to achieve something, which is why it is always present in our works. Hands are often the first link between the object and the human, between the painter and his work. They transmit on canvas what the painter imagines.
The character is important in our compositions but the identity is not , that is why the faces are rarely represented and hands are often more expressive than faces, they are enough to give the expression of the character. We prefer to suggest a situation rather than represent it directly. This situation is often represented by characters in motion (running, levitating…)”
Each painting of “Catch Me if You Can” is based off a computer-edited photo, usually of the artists themselves. They use the photo as a guide to manipulate depth of field, carefully rendering the foreground while allowing the mid and background to slip away into less contrasted illustrations. As a result, each painting contains in itself a sense of unreality; a dreaminess that seems to push forward out of the painting. The hands of their figures in particular seem to reach out of the canvas. Allying digital work and technical virtuosity, the series questions the painter’s place in our overwhelmingly digital society and challenges the relationship between street art and a more classical, academic current.
RATUR and SCKARO took after their father who was a graphic designer and photographer. After high school and studying visual communication they quickly gravitated toward graffiti after a chance meeting with a graffiti artist from the nearby town Rouen, Madkow. Their work has been mostly figurative in the studio and on the streets. They later formed the MV3 crew touring France and beyond painting at various festivals alongside other prominent graffiti crews.