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A pedestrian passes by a piece from French street artist JR's "The Wrinkles of the City" in downtown Los Angeles, a project for L.A.'s Museum of Contemporary Art, Feb. 24, 2011.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Christina House / For the Los Angeles Times

Traffic passes by pieces from JR's "The Wrinkles of the City" on the side of a building in downtown Los Angeles.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Christina House / For the Los Angeles Times

The side of Angel City Brewing serves as a canvas.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Christina House / For the Los Angeles Times

Art looms behind Pauline Williams as she waits to cross 4th Street in downtown Los Angeles.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Christina House / For the Los Angeles Times

French street artist JR, center, with the help of Alexandre Guarneri, left, and Gregory Hervieux, puts up one of his massive portraits, Feb. 21, 2011.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Christina House / For the Los Angeles Times

JR and crew take a look at one portrait from a cherry picker, Feb. 21, 2011.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Christina House / For the Los Angeles Times

Bob Evans, one of JR's subjects, turns the tables on the artist, taking video of him with his camcorder, Feb. 21, 2011.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Christina House / For the Los Angeles Times

Other work by JR on Spring Street includes a piece, shown at left, he collaborated on with street artist Vhils (Alexandre Farto), Feb. 24, 2011.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Christina House / For the Los Angeles Times

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Who is JR?

International man of mystery and photographer/artist JR was granted $100,000 by the nonprofit organization TED and its support in a desire to “change the world,” according to the TED website. So, what did JR actually end up doing?

Photographer Christina House got a rare glimpse of the French street artist, who keeps his real identity a secret, as she was scouring Los Angeles, looking for JR’s larger-than-life photographic portraits on the sides of buildings. House saw an image from the current JR project, “The Wrinkles of the City,” going up , and the man himself was doing the pasting.

That day, she also met Bob. Bob Evans, 78, of Mar Vista, is the gentleman in a massive profile photograph by JR [see gallery above], he is also the man pointing the Flip cam at JR. Evans became one of JR’s subjects when he responded to a solicitation looking for old people. When asked how he felt seeing his face in this form and scale, Evans responded, “It’s kind of surreal; you can’t quite get your mind around it — what am I doing up there, what’s so special about me? It’s flattering in the sense that he found my face interesting enough to use as an art project.”

Cruise around Los Angeles and hunt for the JR public art project — 14 finished pieces of local faces staring at you for as long as they last against nature’s elements, possibly a few months to several years.

The TED [Technology, Entertainment, Design] conference is currently taking place in Long Beach through March 4.

1 Comment

  1. March 3, 2011, 11:08 pm

    [...] Art View With the recent sighting of JR’s “Wrinkles in the City” in Los Angeles in the front of my mind, street art has been a creative motivator for me lately. [...]

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