Video: ‘Pahnl’, London

‘Pahnl‘, a street artist from the UK, has been stenciling since 2003 and actively putting work up on the street since 2006. ‘I take huge influence from comics and street signage but I add my own subversive twist. I aim to make my work interact with it’s environment. In the end though, all I want to do is make people smile’, writes ‘Pahnl’. The stop motion animation, ‘Nowhere Near Here’, uses a combination of light with stencils and long exposure photography to tell the story of a dog running around the city at night, doing whatever a dog does. The animation was first exhibited at the The Herbert, on the 7th October 2010 and features music by the Norwegian electronic music duo, Royksopp.  Of this film he writes,’With well over 300 hours in the making, more than 200 stencils involved and too many cold nights spent outside on my knees getting the shots, I am very happy (and relieved) to finally share this with you. Through the course of shooting ‘Nowhere Near Here’, I have dealt with curious drunks, a dog almost peeing on the camera (the irony is not lost on me, haha), the endlessly suspicious police and even someone nearly running off with a tripod’. Prints and stills from the film are available on Pahnl’s website.

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