Take a look. No, take a 2nd look. Is it real or not?
A master of visual pranks, Dan Witz, the Brooklyn-based realist and street artist has created three shocking graphic art pieces – all part of his “WHAT THE %$#@? (WTF) series. Meet WHAT THE %$#@ TAZ, WHAT THE %$#@ GOAT and WHAT THE %$#@ MICHAEL.
How did he think of that?? The idea for WTF was born while Dan was stuck in the notorious LA traffic and is named for the universal reaction the installations inspire within the viewer. Dan is known for using his mastery of the visual deception of trompe-l’oeil* and photorealistic painting techniques to create conceptual visual pranks.
*Visual illusion in art as used to trick the eye into perceiving a painted detail as a three-dimensional object.
Taking Blik down a new path. Witz’s pieces are a new form of wall art for Blik. The printed “grate” graphic is backed by a 1/8″ thick plastic board that the art piece giving it a 3-D quality. Installation is easy with the four removable, self-adhesive 3M mounting squares.
Describing his philosophy behind his body of work, Witz explains, “I’m trying to exploit our collective tendency towards sleepwalking by inserting outrageous things right out there in plain view that are also practically invisible.”
Just ask Scott Flora, Blik co-founder about working with Dan. “Dan Witz is clever. He defines and challenges what it means to be a street artist with his mix of humor and shocking material.”
Psst…done something a little illegal? To celebrate the new wall decals, we are giving away five copies of Dan Witz’s new book, In Plain View: 30 Years of Artworks Illegal and Otherwise. The book is a 30-year retrospective of Dan’s street work and live art filled with full-color, full-page illustrations that document his expansive work.
In keeping with the theme of his book, tell us if you’ve ever done something a tiny bit illegal. We’re just looking for minor infractions here. Don’t worry, we’re not narks or your mom. We’ll pick the five winners (illegal and otherwise) at random. Some of our own personal infractions for inspiration include: using fake ID’s in college, using the carpool lane when we’re the only one in the car, taking change from a charity coin jar and sneaking into movies without paying.
GIVEAWAY DETAILS: Leave your comment below by 11:59pm on Friday, August 5, 2011. Winners will be notified by Tuesday, August 9, 2011.
UPDATE: Thanks to everyone who submitted their illegal stories. We had a laugh reviewing your comments. Congrats to Cristina, Emily, Pen, Carol and Jessica – you’ll be receiving In Plain View shortly!