“I would like the viewer to reorient themselves and think about the space they inhabit with others,” says Michael Pederson.
“I think we travel through urban space without really seeing it most of the time,” says Michael Pederson, a Sydney-based street artist whose work plays on the official signage that mutely surrounds city life. “I like the idea of interfering with the overly familiar background blur … Ideally with something a passerby might see out of the corner of an eye.”
Pederson’s signs can be unsettling: “Restless Area,” “Vague Unease,” and “Amnesia Zone,” all firmly squared on blank brick exteriors, are a few examples that Sydney pedestrians might have recently seen. They externalise the very personal uneasiness of wandering into a strange place; they make the private public.
“I was wondering who decides what makes an area, ‘good’, ‘bad’ or ‘scary,'” says Pederson. “I guess I would like the viewer to reorient themselves to their surroundings and think about the space they inhabit with others.”
This article originally appeared in CityLab.