Whether crossing the street or driving from place to place, we rely on painted lines and symbols on the road’s surface to delineate lanes, turns, or stopping places. Amsterdam-based artist Ivo Schouten is interested in the way these markings show us the way, provide instruction, and let us know we’re on the right track. Disrupting them and effectively making them useless, he translates them from a language of functionality to a geometric one, highlighting the ubiquitously bright yellow hue and the textured surface of the concrete itself. “ The results of this are twofold,” he says, as removing the original purpose of the lines opens one up to new directions. “It inspires to explore new directions and create new compositions, and it stimulates to keep an open mind in general.”

Find more on the artist’s website and Instagram.



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