WK Interact and the Dimensions of Fear

Photos: (left) Isabel Kirsch (right) Jonathan LeVine Gallery

My girl, Isa, recently interviewed WK Interact for his latest body of work showing at the Jonathan LeVine Gallery. Read it here!

WK Interact is an illustrious figure in street art and has been an important influencer of what street art represents in New York City today. His images started popping up in the late ’90s in downtown New York: graphic black and white three-dimensional human figures, all engaged in some kind of extreme motion. The motion depicted can be violent, sexual, sarcastic, or funny. The illusion is created with a subtle technique that involves photography, drawing by hand, and then stretching the images with a Xerox.

WK’s conceptual approach has always started with finding the right location first, and then using urban architecture as part of the artwork to bring the image to life and tell a story that aims to produce strong emotions in the viewer. He prefers using corners and uneven surfaces instead of flat clean walls, and the streets of New York are perfect for that. His current show, “Motion Portrait,” at Jonathan LeVine presents a few examples of this distinctive style, but the core of the show consists of a series of twelve large-scale canvases portraying “12 Angry Men.”