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Absurd and Unlucky Scenarios Unfold in Levalet’s Site-Specific Street Art

March 14, 2022

Grace Ebert

French artist Charles Leval, who works as Levalet (previously), is attuned with the nonsensical and hapless, which he translates into clever site-specific works in craft paper and India ink. Often built off of public architecture like windows and sidewalks, his streetside wheatpastes either typify a bad day or find humor in the odd and absurd: new works feature an angry pack of dogs, a construction worker planting an already blooming flower in concrete, and a golfer putting into a drainpipe. Levalet's characters tend to be life-sized and depicted with…

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New Humorous Urban Interventions by Levalet Combine Wheatpaste Artworks with Public Architecture

May 3, 2018

Kate Sierzputowski

Artist Levalet (previously) headlined this year's Roads Street Art Festival, which brought together street mosaics, basketball, DJs, and more in Orleans, France this past April. For the festival, Levalet (a.k.a. Charles Leval) created several new craft paper and India ink works which include a large-scale chamleon, hazmat suit-clad mailmen, and car crammed onto the side of a glass elevator shaft. Levalet continues his tradition of producing life-size or larger than life works, while also injecting humor into these urban additions. In another new work for Orleans, a man rests on top of an…

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Quirky Site-Specific Wheatpastes by ‘Levalet’ Bring Humor to the Streets of Paris

November 2, 2016

Christopher Jobson

Artist Levalet (aka Charles Leval) has been extremely busy this year, bringing his unique brand of nonsensical wheatpastes to locations all over Paris. His temporary interventions show a wide range of disheveled characters caught in a world of mischief and misfortune, as they appear to interact with the building facades onto which they are pasted. Levalet's artworks first began to appear outdoors in 2012, but he's since begun to produce entire shows of paintings, sculptures, and various assemblage pieces for display indoors that are no less enchanting. Levalet's latest solo show titled Little Boxes opens tomorrow at OPEN WALLS in…

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French Artist ‘Levalet’ Injects Humor into the Streets of Paris with New Site-Specific Street Art

February 9, 2015

Johnny Waldman

A bronze bull head fountain is suddenly transformed into a Minotaur. A decrepit corner of an alley becomes a holding pen for ostriches. If any of these odd happenings sound familiar to you, you’re probably living in Paris and have just witnessed the work of French artist Charles Leval (previously). Assuming the name Levalet, the artist injects humor into the streets of Paris by gluing animal and human-shaped paste-ups onto walls. A lot of thought goes into location too as each piece usually interacts with its environment in one way or another. Levalet has been updating his site and facebook…

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Shadowy Optical Illusion Mural by Strøk in Italy

July 31, 2014

Christopher Jobson

As part of the Memorie Urbane street art festival in Italy, Norwegian stencil artist Anders Gjennestad (aka Strøk) painted this shadowy mural on the side of an old school. This is just one of numerous pieces created for the festival including many Colossal favorites like Pixel Pancho, Seth Globepainter, Pablo Herrero, Natalia Rak, Levalet, Ernest Zacherevic, Etam Cru, David de la Mano, and Alice Pasquini.  

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Fun Site-Specific Wheatpastes on the Streets of France by Levalet

May 23, 2013

Christopher Jobson

I recently stumbled onto the Facebook page of a new wheatpaste artist named Levalet who has been making some pretty imaginative site-specific pasteups in various locations around France since late last year. Almost all of his pieces interact with their direct surroundings and frequently include props or other three-dimensional objects. You can see more over on his blog, and if you happen to be in the south of France he just opened an exhibition at NUNC ! Grenoble last week.

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