Swiz is young street art artist with prime interest in graffiti and street art. Most of his work can be seen in capital of France, Paris. His preferred “canvases” are walls of abandoned places and streets in Paris suburbia. Whether he uses spray-paint, acrylics or a sewing machine, in-between aerial photography and electronic circuits, graphic experimentation has led Swiz to develop a style described as “futuristic”.
Born in Paris in 1983, Swiz began painting graffiti in 2000 without any art education. He spent a few years painting abandoned places what led him to do the following – Walking in the streets of the French capital or exploring no-man’s-lands, everything became an opportunity to transform those places into playgrounds. When Swiz leaves his print on a wall, it serves as a password to access the next level.
Talking about his graffiti early graffiti memories Swiz says: “As every graffiti writer, I had good and bad experiences. I now think that painting outside is something natural and a sane reaction to the city. What is more important for me is to keep on painting in an evolutive way with open-minded people.” His studio work strengthens his passion for writing: when he chooses to get rid of outlines, Swiz decides to strip the letters from their stylistic effects to return to their initial simplicity.
He resets his approach and plays both with words and typographic rules. Letters turn into shapes that divide and overlap. Is it the disorder of abandoned places that finally gave him that urge for organization, or rather the desire to confer a meaning to his work, following the logics of a mathematics of shapes, or even of words, are all questions to be answered. Swiz expresses his style in his own words:”
I really use spray cans since a few years, even when I paint traditional graffiti in the streets, I use paint and rollers, because it’s cheaper and non toxic (and people think it’s legal!) . That led me to learn how to use different tools and create my own colours, and not be dependent of a brand’s color-chart. Even if my studio work is based on a precise geometric way to encrypt letters, I never paint with a sketch. I sketch my paintings directly on the medium, one line leads to another one and I never know where this line will end. It is the same process for colors, one suggest another one.”
Echoing the Bauhaus, his letters are playfully juxtaposed. Swiz deconstructs the words, ties and unties them enough to create alphabetical matter. And like in a clever game made of facets, all you have to do is focus on one of his works to find the combination and decipher the message it conveys.