Graffiti or wall murals are writing or artwork painted on walls, often with aerosol paint, and they are pretty much what you see. At least, that’s the norm, but this norm, does not apply to Colombian graffiti artist Sepc’s latest wall mural painting technique. Right off the bat, our naked eyes see these murals, called Revelado, as negatives, like the image on the negative of analog camera’s film. These wall murals are aptly described as “positive and negative,” and true to the description, they can only be fully appreciated when “developed” into a “positive” image.
As you can see, like an undeveloped negative on film, the art is not quite comprehensible because of the lack of colors, but with a little post-production help, you will be able to see the artwork in all its glorious colors. All you have to do is to take a photo and just photo editing software or app to invert the colors, and boom! The artwork comes to life. While it is fairly easy for consumers of art to reveal the real intended piece, it was a challenge for the artist to create. The artist has to have the capacity to imagine what the original intended colors look like when in inverse and pick the right hues to achieve the effect.
Technical challenge aside, Revelado presented Sepc’s desire for viewers’ involvement in “developing” the work and in this instance, it would be using their smartphone or computer to do the inversion to reveal the artwork in its intended colors. Intriguing, indeed.
Source: My Modern Met.