Short of the Week

Muto

Familiar morph-animation on a ridiculous scale—street-artist Blu takes his animation to the streets of Buenos Aires, onto the walls, and into its hidden places.

Often an old story makes a splash when it’s told in a new way, given new context, or played out on a larger scale. Muto does all of these. Here, the familiar morph animation takes on a new face where characters animate across the real-life streets and buildings of Buenos Aires.

Blu, a street artist based in Buenos Aires, isn’t new to animation. In past work he’s explored animating across the white walls of unfinished rooms—characters morphing as they move from surface to surface. Muto takes his pioneering style a step further by bringing his characters to life in the public streets. Painted in large scale across the public walls and buildings of Buenos Aires and Baden over this past summer (Argentinian winter), Muto is a mad mash-up of man and machine where the body’s mechanics are distorted and deformed across graffitied brick walls and sidewalks.

In true street art fashion, Blu allows the limitations and obstacles of the environment to shape the action. He looks at his canvas not as a large blank sheet, but as a complex 3-dimensional surface—a setting. The weather and lighting shift with the day, pedestrians make split-second cameos, cars blur by unknowing—all unchoreographed occurances of the natural environment. Muto takes the true spirit of street art and brings it to life.

Blu is no newcomer to large-scale public work. His art is finding a larger audience, and you can now find his mutilated bodies on such respected establishments as the Tate Modern Museum of Art in London.

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Andrew makes no attempt to hide his love for the magic art of animation. He appreciates compelling visuals but never forgets that in this modern age, a strong story always reigns supreme. You can see his work at andrewsallen.com or his latest film The Thomas Beale Cipher.
  • http://www.aaronwoo.com/woonderful Aaron

    Saw this a few weeks ago. Totally. Ridiculously. Awesome.

    Speaking of the Tate, they have an exhibit on street art going on right now. (If that’s what you were referring to.)

  • http://www.polymixmedia.com Andrew S Allen

    A-wooooo! Good to hear from you.

    Blu did a large mural on the exterior of the building. There’s an image on his blog, http://www.blublu.org/blog/

  • Sondhi

    Man, this be one of the most awesome things I’ve ever seen.

  • Sondhi

    I’d be lying though if I claimed to understand what it meant. Is that what makes it ART?

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