Genesis Modification / Glitch Essay, these words exactly describe Elian’s approach with his work to the wall.
When I caught up with the Argentinian artist Elian Chali during this year’s Mural Festival in Montreal, this was actually the artist’s first experiment at modifying the basic code of his digital sketches (Glitch). It was the perfect opportunity to understand Elian’s process using codes on a computer to produce his artwork.
‘‘Before arriving in Montreal and start my work on this mural I made a composition based on my aesthetic line taking into account the functionality of both space and environment”, the artist says.
After hearing about the history from the people who lived there, Elian could not keep his mind off having this story and all the inhabitants background information portrayed in his work.
The artwork is located on the side of a building that belongs to the Non-profit Foundation Sidalys (Secours AIDS Centre) which main purpose is to receive homeless patients with HIV. The Foundation does a tremendous work and is supported by donations and government support.
Christine, Eric, Sebastien Denis, Alain and Rejean are currently living in this building. Elian explains that he put all these names as codes for the digital image to then obtain a random result which was translated into the final sketch.
Final shot of Elian’s mural entitled Genesis Modification / Glitch Essay
‘‘I find it interesting to lose total control over my work and let external factors influence it without necessarily being a protagonist, it is a good way to portray the environment within abstraction. It also seems essential to the relationship between the work and the virtual digital space as they can work together to depict both worlds where we live in’’, Elian comments.