Today’s unexpected find is Manchester-based artist Al Shep. His work is type based and often involves words and phrases stensilled onto the back of cardboard packaging. His messages can be found around the town on stickers, posters, spray paint and stensils cut into wood, dirt and even ice.
Mental health seems to be a big focus of his art. Phrases from diagnostic criteria and patient-information leaflets are presented out of context, seeming to ridicule their reductionism and detachment. Other pieces use bold, simple phrases that seem to capture the experience of the sufferer so acutely that you want to hold up his signs and say ‘that’s it, exactly’.
As with many street artists, he’s rather illusive and I haven’t been able to find much in terms of information on him. Find him on flickr here.