Art is all about expression. Whatever the medium, however it is delivered, the message is everything. Some use a canvas, others create films and then there are those that choose Post-it notes.
As odd as it may sound, these colourful paper squares are popping up in creative projects all around the world. While for most they may simply be a useful bit of office stationery, others are using them to create stunning works of art. So how can you join the Post-it revolution?
Stop Motion Videos
One of the most popular and widely employed techniques is to use Post-it notes as part of a stop motion film. It’s a simple enough concept, but it also takes a lot of time, effort and dedication to get right.
Like the Godzilla movies of old, stop motion works by taking thousands of images in sequence, making subtle changes in each one. This generates the illusion of movement and animates the inanimate.
Post-it notes are perfect for this; mostly because of their adhesive backing and symmetrical shape. Of course, the growing range of colours also helps; as this allows any aspiring artists to create the tones and shades needed to create the final piece.
There have been some great examples of this kind of art circulating the Internet, particularly on video sharing sites like YouTube. One particularly famous example was created by Bang-Yao Liu, a student from Taiwan. His video, DEADLINE, was created as a college project and has been viewed over 5.8 million times since being launched almost four years ago.
While you may not be able to replicate the complexity of this particular piece, it does offer plenty of inspiration to potential artists and filmmakers. All you need are a few thousand Post-its, a decent camera, an excellent concept and plenty of time.
Art on a Scale
One of the limitations of Post-its as a method of creating, or even recreating images is that each one is typically three inches square. This makes creating finer detail, without cutting or otherwise altering the paper in some way, incredibly difficult.
However, any such issues can be overcome, simply by adjusting the scale. So rather than attempting to condense your Post-its, just go big. Some creative folk in Paris had a small battle over their large scale images a short while ago, culminating in a giant Asterix and Obelix mural that stretched over six-storeys of their office building.
While only a bit of fun, it shows just how much you can do with a humble Post-it if you’re creative enough. Of course, when you’re going to cover your windows in artwork, using a material that can be removed quick and easily is also a major bonus. The ability to remove, replace and move are also important component parts that make them so useful for art installations.
So find a large, flat surface and get designing.
As well as creating flat images, Post-its can be moulded into physical shapes to add texture to a work of art. From precise origami, to a more relaxed crumpling, don’t forget the value of creating layers and using the physicality of the small paper sheets.
There really is so much that you can make. The only real limitation is your own imagination and available time. As more and more people look to diversify from conventional artistic materials, alternatives are increasingly being sought. Post-it notes may not be the first thing that comes to mind, but why not try your own stop-motion film or mural? They’re as versatile as they are functional, plus Post-its aren’t difficult to come by – no matter what your preferred colour may be.
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Article publié pour la première fois le 20/02/2013