Brazilian Artist Creates Brilliant Images Using Pot Smoke

It’s an interesting concept, but is it art or is all this puffing just hot air? Brazilian artist Fernando de la Rocque creates images “painted” out of cannabis smoke.

Rocque creates his works by creating an image, cutting it into stencil form, and then blowing pot smoke through the stencils and onto the paper underneath. But there are limits to how much he can smoke while creating his pieces.

“The darker the colour of the picture that I want to use, the more I have to smoke. But I can only do one layer at a time. Otherwise I end up getting an exaggerated effect (from the marijuana) beyond what it is pleasurable,” the artist said. He currently creates his pieces while working frmo his Rio de Janeiro apartment, which butts-up against a police station in the Botafogo neighborhood.

(Yes, that was a deliberate joke.)

Rocque has said of his work in The Rio Times that, “more important than freedom to smoke marijuana is the freedom to think about it and make art with it. Polemic issues divide opinions, forcing people to think and debate. Inertia is useless when we want to overcome something.”

In the video above from our news partner Reuters, they interview the artist and examine some of his latest works. Check it out, look at some of the images below, and then let us know what you think. Is it art worth collecting, or just a lot of people blowing smoke?

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