SABLE work in Leake Street

Leake St has been my main research concern for over two months now, as I have been photographing some walls there on a daily basis in preparation for a time lapse project. The chaos of that space is what I love most about it, but the work I found today reminded me of the pleasures of an imaginatively conceived and neatly executed piece.

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This is the world of SABLE, with roads, buildings, people and cars, a flat and intricate urban environment which dwells in the tunnel at Waterloo.

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This was drawn with a spray-paint, mind you, and is not some ready made poster simply pasted on the wall. The minimalist lines and camouflaged characters are a clear reference to Keith Haring’s work, whose little flat people used to animate billboards in the New York subway in the 80s. Sable created a whole city for the little fellows, complete with Escherian geometries and an impressive display of drawing skills.

After a few steps further in the tunnel, I got to like this guy’s work even better. I’m not one for a drastic separation between street art and graffiti, so I can only be glad when I see these two different pieces coming from the same imagination and steady hand.

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I’ll post an updated wall tomorrow to see how this work evolved. Until then, Mr. Sable is one to look out for.

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