Fossil and Inner Strength: Pejac's New Street Interventions in NYC

Continuing the efforts described in our feature in the Spring 2018 issue of Juxtapoz Magazine, Pejac recently created two fresh new public interventions that are talking about the unfair relationship between humans and nature. Visiting NYC for the first time, the Spanish artist created Fossil and Inner Strength on locations in Bushwick and Chinatown, depicting the other side of life in one of the largest metropolitan areas in the world.

The first piece the artist created and shared through his social media was Fossil, an effective illusion created on a ordinary brick wall somewhere in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Commenting on the extensive gentrification that is taking place in the area, Pejac created a ghostly silhouette of a tree taking shape within the wall pattern. Similar to his previous works on pressed wood panels or other man made materials, this clever illusion is, “proposing a hypothetical fatal future in which the only memory of nature is the fossilized appearance of a tree on a brick wall,” through subtle artistic touchups of the existing setting.

The second piece created on shutter doors in Chinatown is sending an opposite, positive message about nature’s strength over man-made structures. Painting a cherry blossom branch bursting between the iron gate and flock of birds swarming the scene from underneath the other, Inner Strength is directly opposing the brutal world of Wall Street around the corner. Applying the recurring imagery familiar from his previous works and using the existing urban elements as the key part of the work, Pejac is celebrating the indestructible character of nature with this oriental-feel piece. —Sasha Bogojev

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