FIELD NOTE: The faces are a retort to the colors of cover up. “Someone was buffing graf with this really great purple,” said olsenink, or Spencer Olsen, the artist behind the white portraits I've been seeing in the graffiti alley of the 18b Arts District. “I went hunting around to use as many as I could for stenciling,” he said.
Stencils were not a form the artist liked until he met another artist who was using different methods to shape image on surfaces for a cleaner look. It gave Olsen ideas how to adapt shading techniques he uses for his illustrations. It led to elegant play of negative space between light and dark areas. “This is tricky because you have to be creative with the way you create your bridges,” he said. “The imagery I select just depends on what is going on in my life or through my head at the time.”
ABOVE: James Turrell at Crystals monorail station.