1165. Chalk Farm (2)

This was the first piece I saw from the Global Street Art organised set of walls at the Chalk Farm housing estate. Looking like a giant billboard, it caught my eye from the end of the road, and even from a distance I thought it might be a piece by Pref ID. I must be getting quite good at this, because I was right.

Pref ID, Chalk Farm, London, November 2017
Pref ID, Chalk Farm, London, November 2017

Pref ID creates brilliant pieces incorporating clever word puzzles. The one in Bristol for Upfest 2017 was very tricky. This one is a little more straight forward…’Upwards and Onwards’.

Pref ID, Chalk Farm, London, November 2017
Pref ID, Chalk Farm, London, November 2017

It is a cleverly constructed and beautifully painted piece – if only the light hadn’t been fading and that blooming car wasn’t in the way. But as with so much street/graffiti art, it is located in a car park, and cars are an occupational hazard. I do like his work, and hope to find some more.

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