Michael Pederson, an Australian street artist, has been installing his playful, hilarious works in unexpected locations for the past four years. Miguel Marquez Outside, a project by Pederson that plays with the public area we frequently overlook, offers a brilliant diversion into the urban environment.
Hasan Jasim quotes Pederson as saying, “I can’t recall precisely what originally prompted me to make these outside pieces, but it had been in the back of my mind for quite a while before I started.” “A few years ago, I held a little drawing exhibition that included both text and images. Additionally, one of the pieces was set in a more open setting, which seemed to enhance its effectiveness. Something unexpected being left out in the open might have a strong element of surprise. I was extremely intrigued, and ever since then I’ve been curious to learn more about street interventions.
Pederson’s installations are a fantastic illustration of how the finest street art is related to its setting, whether it was motivated by a specific site or object or the location searching for a certain concept. His art shocks onlookers out of their comfortable surroundings and compels them to look closer in order to laugh.
Pederson’s satirical artwork focuses on universal issues and problems, from pondering why people appear to toss their shoes on electrical lines to embracing themes of solitude. A greater understanding of public space and how to re-engage with our environment is what the artist hopes his work will elicit in viewers. “Even if there is a little sadness behind some of the works, humor is a terrific approach to engage people. Hopefully, there will be something there for folks to consider as well.
For more than four years, Michael Pederson, also known as Miguel Marquez, has produced creative street art works all throughout Sydney.