On my first visit to M50: Shanghai’s contemporary Art district, I spotted an intriguing developing collaboration. Moganshan Road, the main approach to M50 is home to a constantly evolving graffiti wall. The wall consists of layers upon layers of graffiti work that have built up over the years, sometimes with the work of completely obliterating the work on underlying layers, and sometimes consisting of integrated layers – resulting in intriguing collaborations.
On my first visit to M50 an area of the wall that immediately caught my eye was an evolving collaboration incorporating many different layers of the wall. The resulting image consisted of a Warhol-esque Campbell’s Soup Can stencil, juxtaposed with Joan Miro-esque red and blue expressive marks. The piece sits on a cyan semi transparent background much like Miro’s 1961 ‘Bleu II’.
On returning to Shanghai and M50 earlier this month I saw part of the famous Moganshan Road graffiti wall that caught my eye on my previous visit last year. The work has developed in the same vein that originally intrigued me months earlier. The work still clearly demonstrates Warhol’s Campbell’s soup can stencilling juxtaposed against Miro’s Surrealist, Abstract marks sat upon Miro’s ‘Bleu II’ backdrop. The work has clearly developed through the addition of further stencilling, sprayed graffiti marks and tagging. A series of black circular stencils on the bottom right of the piece are enlarged and echoed on the left of the piece. The marks begin to dissipate as they pass through the transparent red form of a rabbit type creature using the black circular stencilled shapes as a space hopper. An unlikely collaboration but one that I look forward to seeing develop further.