Legal Graffiti: Art goes high tech at the annual Alys Beach event

Published: Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 11:43 AM.

"It's not the typical arts festival," Sauer said. "There were some inspirational pieces that made us want to do it."

Stepping a bit out of his comfort zone, Sauer is excited to be a part of the festival.

"It's more experimental than I typically do," Sauer said, careful not to give away too many details.

Blending the work of Lyon's paintbrush with Sauer's camera, the two developed a piece that allows you to see another side of painting.

"It's the whole story, an effect you wouldn't see otherwise," Sauer said. "Justin's painting is the graffiti. We photographed it in stages and merged different exposures to give it depth. I actually shot footage of Justin himself."

What the two have in common is their ability to tell a story. Whether it's through his films, or through Lyon's thick, layered paintings — there's a story, Sauer said.

As Lyon's work has been featured on t-shirts, YOLO boards, not to mention local art festivals, it's only fitting that he represents the local art scene at the Digital Graffiti festival. The remaining 23 pieces will be awarded in several categories including: Best of Show, Most Innovative, Most Experimental Submission, Best in Florida — Homegrown, Best Animated Submission and Curator's Choice. But the grand prize is not what drives the artist.

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