And check out Blu’s not-too-subtle dig and the life-draining oil industry.
Beyond magnificent (worth going to Lisbon for…)
Absolutely incredible. Truly there are Gods among us. Gods I say!
Actually… I can understand a bit but I just can’t hear loud enough on Papa Bear’s crappy laptop so there goes. Honestly!
Now normally tagging over peices would cause serious beefage but this is a different breed of agro. Not your ego-fuelled aggression like what goes down in NYC, but real political statement. Having spent some time in Sao Paulo personally, and discovering what a hideously unjust place Brazil really is, you can’t help but feel remorse. Not for the mural per se, but the ghastly conditions that spawn the need for such demonstrations.
Seriously, Pixação (the tagging style) is fascinating, romantic and heartbreaking. Please, please, PLEASE check the clips I’ve posted. Below is an incredible trailer (check that sounddddd!) for a documentary on Pixação - don’t worry if you don’t understand what’s being said - Y’all vibe with it, I know you will!
And this interview (in English (!)) is with journalist and creator of the above doc, Joao Wainer. He explains brilliantly who the Pixadores are and why they do what they do. In fact, many established street artists feel the plight of the Pixadores so I guess it’s unlikey there will be too much resentment over the defacing of their work. T’is a “Don’t hate the player, hate the game” type-scenario methinks.
“How many artists do you know that risk their life to make art?”
That question just gets to me soooo bad.
God, I miss that place…(: (
Check the ‘Os Gemeos’ on the right-hand-side…
Our favourite Brazilian duo are at it again…this time in New York with a new peice commisioned by Deitch Projects. I wish they would come to London sometime soon…infact come to Camberwell…we need a bit of colour on the streets!!
Thanks to theriotclub for the info
As promised here is the second installment of the Os Gemeos post relating to their Vertigem exhibition at the CCBB here in Rio which officially ends today! If there’s anyone out there still wondering whether to make the trip downtown, I ask you, look at the picture below - do we look like we’re not having the time of our lives? That’s what Os Gemeos induced happiness looks like, folks. Seriously, its all the fun of the fair and then some with incredible interactive installations, like the Os Gememos customised studio you see above, the hall of mirrors and the mind-bending Os Gemeos ‘head’ as well as their more traditional canvas work.
However, as this is an art review of sorts I now have to attempt to wax lyrical on the works of Os Gemeos. In case you didn’t know, Os Gemeos - meaning ‘twins’ in Portuguese - are twin brothers Otávio and Gustavo Pandolfo. They are two of the original and most respected innovators in the street art scene from Sao Paulo. Their work is largely illustration based although they do experiment with caligraphy. Their work is very accessible yet abstract which is really what sets them apart - just how they manage to relay human emotions they way they do with characters who don’t might not instantly resemble people, in utterly surreal contexts, using an exquisite comprehension of colours and textures is beyond description and something beyond beautiful. Their work within the Brazilian street art scene has pretty much set the bar, so if Brazilian graffiti is the best in the world (it is the best in the world ;- )), then they are the best in the world.
And that’s all you need to know!
Bizarrely enough, the brothers don’t have their own site to reference their work, but the fantatsic
lost.art.br (who will feature in a forthcoming interview here in CLF) have an outstanding Os Gemeos archive - the best on the www, so get over there and be educated -it might well change your life just like it did mine!
Vertigem by Os Gemeos ends today
Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil,
Rua Primeiro de Março,
66 - Centro Rio de Janeiro
Entry is free.
Alrighty, it seems everyone is weighing in with reviews for the Vertigem exhibition by Os Gemeos so it’s about time we hopped aboard plus the fact I’ve been would make sense to do so. & It’s also a great way to mark the occasion of sighting my second O.G. street piece here in Sao Paulo! Yah!! Suffice to say we’ll be updating this post with a more traditional review entry but for now just enjoy the images. Plus it’s Os Gemeos who I’m actually in love with was genuinely gutted when I discovered they were married and living in Berlin. (What’s Portuguese for loser ?) So I’m happy to make this like a five-part-post or even just use abritary links to my life experinces as a reason to stick their stuff up on here like;
“So, today I woke up and thought I was seeing double. You know, double in the same manner as twins are double? Twins like the world famous garff twins Os Gemeos, who create pictors like theeeeese…” etc.
“It is inside so it must come out” - Os Gemeos
For some reason, Inside Outside has managed to stay off my radar until now, but now I know the standard by which other documentaries of the same genre have to measure up to. I’ve never seen a documentary about street art that poses the question of why we need art on the streets, perhaps more so than anywhere else, yet uses the rhetoric to give answers pretty much like the one Zevs gives - or doesnt give - in that splendid opening minute you see here in the trailer. And beyond that, Inside Outside really does explore the outside art medium in all its forms, and even stops to allow those in the counter-art culture their opinion. Its a pretty democratic viewing and really gives a thorough look at the philosophies and ideologies which drive street artists to do what they do.
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To my darling friendling back in sunny ol’ Newcastle! Happy Birthday baby girl!
& to celebrate, here’s a little footage of her favourite graff artists (& pretty much everyone’s favourite graff artists), the enigmatic & phantasmagorical [sic] Os Gemeos (which means `twins` in Portuguese). & They’re from right here in Sao Paulo although this posts relates to an exhibition they did in NYC back in 2008. If you havent heard about them, believe me, as this site progreses you’ll be learning alot so stay posted!