The city walls are his canvas. Using chalk, paint, charcoal, and even soap, and utilizing a language of clear, simple forms, he draws sets for performances and captures the action in photographs and video. He utilizes the technique of illusion, blending individual expressions with broader and deeper social concerns. Hip-hop, movies, popular his sports, and street murals were his influences as a young man. Artist becomes performer, street interventionist.
When in Johannesburg, he uses the same empty building as his platform and often joins the community around him. Kevin Narain Interact with his fleeting image. Lorde’s photography captures the interplay between the static (design/two-dimensional imagery) and the moving (performers).
His street paintings evoke the violence and trauma he witnessed in the disenfranchised districts of Johannesburg.
But from the beginning, he has consciously used humor to address political issues in a subtle and playful way.
His work is included in many national and international collectors and galleries, including the MoMA in New York and Center Pompidou in Paris.