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FORT ST. JOHN, BC – Residents in the North Peace will soon be able to view the work of local photographer Orion Carlisle at Peace Gallery North.

In his exhibit, Carlisle shares his discoveries of what he calls “the urban landscape” in the streets of Europe and explores the question “what is street art?”

He says he finds the diversity and detail in street art to be inspiring.

“You look at a piece, and you think it’s simple, like someone’s spray painting on a wall, but you look at closely, and there’s a lot of texture, and it’s more than just a stencil or something else. They took effort and time to do it,” says Carlisle.

Carlisle has been making art from a young age and says his art background is a mixture of formal and informal training.

“I was encouraged by my mom, and she actually sent me to a photo classroom at nine years old. I still have a black and white of a flower from that that I keep as a reminder, and then since then, I’ve taken classes here and there, whenever I had a chance to., ” says Carlisle.

“It was good for relaxation, and that’s where I learned to have more tools in my box, so I was able to branch out and not just be focused on one thing.”

Throughout his travels, Carlisle says the largest hotspot for street art that he’s experienced is Paris.

“In Paris, it’s like around every corner you’ll find something. It’s not always in your face; sometimes, you have to look up at a second story because they’ve stuck something up there.

“One artist named Invader,  he’s used that urban landscape for his pieces. He makes these mosaics of like Space Invaders video games, and he started with that, and he would put them up high. Partly, so people couldn’t steal them, and also you have to look. You can’t just be focused walking down the street; you have to look up,” Carlisle explains.

Carlisle’s exhibit, Urban Landscapes, launches at Peace Gallery North on October 2nd and will be on display until October 23rd.

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