Pref ID, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017

1030. Upfest 2017 (58)

It takes a little while to get to grips with this piece by Pref ID, but it is a really clever piece of writing. A quick look at his website indicates how he likes to disguise slogans by conflating all the words into one, creating something of a letter puzzle.

Pref ID, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017
Pref ID, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017

In this piece just off North Street Pref ID has written the words ‘Mind Bending’ – the blue letters say MIND and the white ones BENDING. It is a sophisticated work and has been really skilfully executed. Quite a different kind of piece.

Pref ID, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017
Pref ID, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017

My attempt to chat with the artist was not overly successful. I approached him and asked him who he was (a not unreasonable question at a street art festival), to which he replied “who the f*ck are you!” – so I told him who I was. He didn’t speak again. Maybe he was just having a bad hair day, or maybe he just took an instant dislike to me, who knows? It is a first though. I have met cagey artists and exuberant ones, modest ones, happy and sad ones, but this is the first time I have encountered such grumpiness. None of this however detracts from just how good this piece is.

Pref ID, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017
Pref ID, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017

I shall be more careful in future if I see Pref ID in town.

 

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I am Stephen. I live in Bristol, UK. I decided to shorten my profile...to this: Wildlife, haiku, travel, streetart, psychogeography and my family. Not necessarily in that order.

7 thoughts on “1030. Upfest 2017 (58)”

  1. Interesting work. Looks kind of like the snowflakes we cut out as kids. Like the idea. Too bad about the grumpiness–maybe he is just antisocial/introverted/having a really bad festival/discovered all the money had been drained form his bank account/etc.

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