Zebrating Art [itw]
Have you heard about Zebrating Art before? If « yes » let us know how and where!
StreetLove THE ARTIST
Zebrating Art is a team of two artists who create outdoor illusions painted on the barred-fence located somewhere on the streets. They are from Mannheim, an urban city in the southwest of Germany.
The artist name they have chosen: « Zebrating » means literally « making the zebra » and describes the technique they use to split the artwork in stripes, like the stripes of a zebra.
They have been involved in street art for about 5 years, originally starting with stencils.
When they’re not « zebrating » they create collages, paintings on canvas, photographs, make stickers… and do some sporty activities outside!
« Our main Gallery is the Streets! For us it seems difficult to do Zebrating Art in a Gallery in the form of an enclosed room. But we never know »
To promote their artwork, they use, until now, only a Facebook page.
They know about the other communication platforms but the time needed do feed all these websites costs so much time – rather they prefer to spend their time outside of the virtual world… making art or sport!
StreetLove THE ART
Most of their inspiration are forgotten treasures from old Books and Papers.
They love C215(as a street artist), Escher (as a graphic designer), Egon Schiele and Klimt (as painters).
With Zebrating art, they create size XL. Remember it’s a railing… So most of the time the pieces’ dimensions are about 1×2 meters.
Normally, you should find Zebrating pieces in Germany in the following cities:
- Mannheim – 7 pieces
- Heidelberg – 1 piece
- Stuttgart – 1 piece
- Berlin – 5 pieces
« We just started… But we want to move further, to visit more german cities, to travel to other countries to place our art, our Zebrating Art! »
Their pieces normally work alone, but they tried to work on a series in Berlin. Maybe they’ll do more like that. « Art is a never ending process… »
« Basically zebrating have a bit of everything… Our big sticker is created by drawings, stencilling and collages »
Until now, they always work with people, especially faces but as art is a neverending process, they don’t want to go with a predetermined theme.
StreetLove THE TECHNIQUE
They do zebrating only on railings, lattices or fences, the ideal support!
To work, they use tools like: paintbrushes, a meter band, glue, painting colours… And every piece is photographed!
How much time do you need to put a work in the street?
« Our very first piece took 45 minutes to put it in the street and a lot of sweat. Ever since we can do it in 20 minutes! »
Any artistic tips you can tell us?
« To be the most unobtrusive – do it by day!!! Do your work self-evident like a craftman! »
StreetLove THE FUN
The two artists cannot unify us on the colors choice, so: Zebrating 1 says green whereas Zebrating 2 says orange.
Zebrating Art have been shared on a global scale and it’s easy to find info on many different websites and blogs. It’s amazing to see how Zebrating Art traveled quickly around the world. « Just google us and you will find more than 100.000 entries! »
In terms of music, they love to listen to lounge, reggae and drum’n bass.
3 things that Zebrating crew love in general: Spicy food / Art / Summer thunderstorms.
3 things they hate: Bland food / Intolerance / Pessimism!
StreetLove WHAT’S NEXT?
Any new event coming up to tell us about?
« We will move on with zebrating in more german cities. And travel to other countries to place our art. It’s just the beginning… Keep your eyes open! »
A message for the StreetLove team?
« Websites like yours are great! Finally, street artists are like any other artists. Through you, they can come out from their anonymity today and can be supported. Thank You!
One Love – Streetart »
Photo courtesy by Zebrating Art & Polypix