French artist Charles Leval aka Levalet stages his characters drawing with Indian ink in public spaces playing with the visual and the semantic dialogue with the environment. Producing site-specific artworks his characters interact directly with the architecture creating optical illusions and mise en abîme. His poetic and ephemeral works play on visual ambiguity surprising the passerby who become both actors and spectators of street scenes they are stumbling upon.
Levalet was one of the participating artists to this year’s edition of The Crystal Ship Festival where the artist staged his work and created his stories on the streets of Ostend in Belgium.
We were very pleased to be able to cover the Festival. A massive thanks to The Crystal Ship Festival and its amazing team!
For a few years now his work is diversifying more than it really changed, and Levalet tries to experiment to the full different ways to integrate his artwork with the urban space. He ensures that the narrative flowing from his staging echoes with the place he takes over.
Working with ink allows him to have both a black and white drawing and contrast, relatively quick and precise to produce while remaining graphic. The choice of collage is mostly due to the technical constraints imposed by working on the streets. He usually puts up his artwork very quickly only because ‘I always worked illegally, which means that I do not have much time to paint and stay on site all day’ he says.