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Art Review | Os GêmeosA World Springs to Life on an Urban WallBy ROBERTA SMITHAugust 3, 2009 With their first public artwork in Manhattan, which went up at the northwest corner of Houston Street and the Bowery on July 17, the Brazilian brothers Otavio and Gustavo Pandolfo, who call themselves Os Gêmeos, bring graffiti art to its Rococo phase. Which is to say that their fantastic, epic mural, on a concrete wall about 17 feet high and about 51 feet long, is light and frothy, a dream of happiness with an underlying chord of melancholy.
And everything in it is exquisitely fine-tuned and detailed, a dazzlement of effortless technique that sustains long bouts of close looking. It will remain up until March. The delicate black lines that thread throughout the entire image like drizzled charcoal dust are feats of spray-can painting. The prismatic color of everything else has a saturation unusual in graffiti art. The sky alone is half a spectrum.
It begins with deep blue green at the top and descends through green and chartreuse to a golden, sunbathed yellow that serves as land, water, light, human skin and more. And the storybook imagery is out of this world, yet not. Sure, people and things often levitate or are impossibly stacked, and the setting is a tad unreal — simultaneously wet and dry, or hard and spongy. But both the subways of New York and the favelas of São Paulo are here, and the figures wear brightly patterned garments (thanks to ingenious small-bore stenciling) that seem truly Brazilian.
Plus, there are enough fish to placate the fish lovers of both cities. Sometimes these creatures have scales of many colors. Often they carry something in their mouths, like the bringers of good luck they are supposed to be: radiant little shacks, people or heads, whole figures. It’s magical realism with a touch of grit. While the onslaught of figures, episodes and colors is at first overwhelming, a casual left-to-right reading suggests some narrative possibilities.
Basically what we have here is a tale of escape and growth that begins in darkness and — after taking a few tips from the Bible, Hieronymus Bosch and M. C. Escher — ends in a stunning vortex of brilliant color. At far left, in the gray dimness of a narrow, cell-like space, a small figure strains toward the golden light seeping through a chink in the wall. Wearing pants, a jacket and a girlish scalloped bonnet and shouldering a bag, she’s leaving home, as the song says.
A small spotted dog watches from the safety of a tenderly, elaborately wood-grained floor. Through the chink the golden world awaits, arrayed around and above what seems to be a nearly circular waterfall; it’s a world populated by spirit guides, with or without gills. And it all adds up, or at least it is all visibly linked. You’re supposed to keep going, from one thing to the next, gaining wisdom along the way.
To sketch in some of the action, the connections begin with a boy on a four-poster bed (Dreamland’s point of origin) with a peacock on his back, using a second peacock as an ear trumpet. He listens to a whale whose skin, a mosaic of blues, is dotted with extra eyes. Atop the whale lies a girl (maybe our heroine, but older) so relaxed that the dots on her lavender-pink blouse are rising into the atmosphere like bubbles.
The whale’s tail hooks over the rail of a snaking subway track, while the beast itself balances on a stack of three figures teetering on a rope bridge with iffy wood slats (San Luis Rey, anyone?) extending from one side of the waterfall to the other. (Don’t ask.) Back on the tracks a subway car — the N train — is straddled by a large boy, who has human heads gathered around him like the day’s catch and a galleon on his head.
A fish that is also a dirigible on its side is anchored to his hand. (Behind all this stretches a yellow out-of-focus landscape where the hills are faces.) Next we are in the city where two boys who could be Os Gêmeos (Portuguese for the Twins, which the 35-year-old Pandolfo brothers are) are cramped inside a two-story, two-room house. The tracks continue into a station with an Escher-like mural of bright checkerboards receding to a vanishing point, and also the tag of Dash Snow, a New York graffiti artist who died last month and to whom the mural is dedicated.
The station is also part of a boat (touring the waterfalls?), with plush red seats tufted with yellow faces. At the front of the boat, next to a protective figurehead, sits a knowing young woman looking out at us amid bundles of patterned fabric. She has little houses in her green-and-black hair and wears a blouse whose planetlike dots are, this time, staying put.The final third of the mural explodes in the rainbow vortex that is fabulously explicit in color but physically indeterminate.
Sometimes it is a beach at low tide, sometimes a prison wall, sometimes quicksand, at least for a figure carrying a grandfather clock. Also here is a small Trojan horse (or maybe a mule), which brings back the lovely wood grain in warmer colors. Its neck is open and forms a double cameo for the faces of a boy and girl. This telling omits many wonderful details. One of the best is front and nearly center in the image: a boy who seems to sit on a waterspout, wearing a fish mask and a T-shirt that is one of the painting’s best moments.
It depicts a landscape: note the white stenciled stone wall, the changing greens of the tiny stenciled trees, the golden setting sun. It is an idyll of pastoral, escape-from-the-city living, cottage and all. We're interested in your feedback on this page. Tell us what you think.
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My friend Ugo can be considered 50% an inspired artist, 50% a playboy and 50% purely insane (yes, that adds up to more than 100%). He likes to make art in public, his performances being engaging and powerful. Have a look and enjoy (you can skip to minute 2 in the first video). [embedded content] [embedded content] Advertisements Where are you originally from? Istanbul, Turkey Where do you live now? Manhattan Where can we find you? www.
artandseek.com! How and when did you get involved in art? I have been taking photographs of my friends since I was about 9. I then took classes in middle school. My photography really started to develop when I did black and white photography in high school. Your art is? Explores connections between desires and consciousness. Since the photographs I take are staged and not of “the moment”, they are meant to be a dismemberment of the real.
Your tools are? Kodak six-20, Canon 400d, Diana+, disposable cameras, Photoshop. Your inspiration is? Lately I have been inspired by Ovid’s Metamorphoses. Also, www.awkwardfamilyphotos.com Your favorite artist? Edward Gorey. Oh and Storm Thorgerson. Your favorite piece by someone else? Bronzino’s Allegory with Venus and Cupid. Your first important sale? My first sale on www.artandseek.com Your other hobbies? Biking, dancing, hopping, pinching! Where are you originally from? Berkeley, CA Where do you live now? Larkspur, CA Where can we find you? You can find me at www.
anneherrero.com. i currently have work up at a local bay area gallery called the marin art and garden center and show frequently in the bay area and periodically in chicago and italy How and when did you get involved in art? I got involved in art at a very early age. when i was three i received an art cart for christmas: it was filled with paints, pencils, paper, glitter, glue, etc. according to my parents, after i opened that present, i was disinterested in any other; i started drawing immediately.
i was hooked from then on. Your art is? Painting–representational, responsive. in the act of painting, i feel a nostalgia for the inevitably passing moment; this sense translates into a respect for immediacy and directness. while some pieces retain a more strict fidelity to location, others approach the realms of the emotive and expressionistic. Your tools are? Oils Your inspiration is? Whatever it is i am painting Your favorite artist? A tie between Lovis Corinth and Antonio Lopez Your favorite piece by someone else? “Sink and Mirror” by Antonio Lopez.
this painting taught me to see the beauty in porcelain; to notice the different ways different materials receive light Your first important sale? A watercolor of a blue chef cat! i painted it when i was in third grade; someone saw it, and bought it. selling a piece so young for such a respectable amount of money gave me confidence later and contributed to my decision to pursue a career as an artist Your other hobbies? Reading, hiking, cooking…although most of my time is divided between my husband and my work Where are you originally from? Denmark/Switzerland, well, my parents are Danish but I was born and grew up in Switzerland.
Where do you live now? Right now until I change my mind I live in London. Where can we find you? In London, or Switzerland, or if you like, as I guess is the purpose of the question, here: www.catrinebodum.com How and when did you get involved in art? I don’t know really. Dance didn’t work out, nor did psychology or anything else, but art did. And so it is. Your art is? Changing Your tools are? Paint Your inspiration is? Life Your favorite artist? Always changing Your favorite piece by someone else? Recently, ‘How it is’, by Miroslaw Balka Your first important sale? Every sale is an important sale Your other hobbies? I like that you say “other hobbies”, its nice to think that your work can actually be your hobby.
But either way, hobbies are: skiing, reading, music, research, movies naturally, what else, walks, people’s websites or blogs. And so on… Where are you originally from? Turkey Where do you live now? Istanbul, Turkey Where can we find you? In real life, you can find me at any place with nice dimmed lighting, chill out music and good wine/coffee. Ohh and at any bookstore. I am not a big fan of cyberworld.
But still, you can find some of my paintings at artandseek. How and when did you get involved in art? I have been painting since I was 8 or 9 years old (if you don’t count my silly paintings with mountains and trees). I’ve always wanted to be an interior designer. When I was a kid, I would buy Barbie houses and demount them, then create different houses. I know it sounds silly but I was born to be a designer.
I work hard to achieve other things in my life but I don’t work hard to be a creative designer. Your art is? Sophisticated. I like things being connected to each other. I like details. I like solving problems and showing details but I always remind my self the most important rule that all of as tend to forget at every part of our lives, ” back to basics!” Your tools are? I like painting with acrylic paint, sometimes watercolor.
For interior architecture, I use a lot of computer software such as Autocad, photoshop, 3dsmax, Rhino… Your inspiration is? For my paintings definitely my mood! But overall, for my designs, my inspiration can be anything. I like psychology and also “beyond psychology”. Other than my own mood, thoughts, ideas, I like being inspired from other people’s and create things that would ” woow” them.
A way of empathy. Your favorite artist? I can’t just give you one name but, Gustav Klimt and Antony Gaudi are amazing. Your favorite piece by someone else? Again,It’s very hard to just say one thing: Strawberry Hill House by Horace Walpole. Amazing ceiling. One more, Colegio Teresiano by Gaudi. And of course Barcelona Chair and Wassily chair. Your first important sale? I don’t sell my paintings or designs yet .
But l sold one painting to my father years ago. Your other hobbies? Listening to music, creating playlists for hours. Movies. I love spending quality time with my friends. I love shopping – alone-. I am a social type, I would go out and sit at a cafe with my book instead of killing time at home. Where are you originally from? SwedenWhere do you live now? Berlin, GermanyWhere can we find you? My photos can be seen online on Flickr and artandseek; working on my website as we speak.
Come rain or shine, you can find me pushing a stroller through Wilmersdorf-Charlottenburg in Berlin. http://www.flickr.com/photos/kubatzky/How and when did you get involved in art? I often spoke about wanting to get more serious about photography so my husband gave me a new SLR camera for Christmas a couple of years back and then there were no more excuses.Your art is? Soft. Beautiful & inspiring, I hope.
Your tools are? Canon EOS 400D, Photoshop and Lightroom.Your inspiration is? My family, a flower, a nice landscape, season changes, everyday things…We should check your art because? You might see something that makes you smile or that makes you all warm & fuzzy inside.Your favorite artist? I don’t think it’s possible to pick just one. I do like the photographer Annie Leibovitz, but also other types of art, from Banksy to Monet and Dali.
Your favorite piece? I believe architecture can be included under Fine Art and if so I’d say my favourite piece is the Acropolis. It amazes me every time I see it. La Sagrada Familia is also pretty cool. Speaking about paintings, sculptures, photographs etc, I must mention Frida Khalo’s Autorretrato com Collar y Colibri. Your first important sale? I sold a flower macro to an old school friend.
Amazing to create something that makes someone else happy.Your other hobbies? Things that make me smile include enjoying great food & wine as well as a good book. This is the first of a series of mini-profiles of emerging artists we aim to promote through this blog and through the artandseek website. We hope you like them. Where are you originally from? Brighton Where do you live now? Brighton (via London, France and Indonesia) Where can we find you? Online at www.
evepoland.com; in current exhibitions at Tunbridge Wells Museum & Art Gallery and the Claremont Hotel (Hove); and in real life propping up the nearest bar that sells decent coffee and red wine. I’ll also be taking part in the Brighton Festival’s Artists Open Houses in May. How and when did you get involved in art? I’ve always painted – my first exhibition, though i don’t remember it, was in Brighton Library when I was three.
But I didn’t really start selling and exhibiting until 2005. Your art is? Sweet with just an edge of darkness. Beautiful, I hope. Often designed to raise a little smile. Your tools are? Mostly acrylic paints, screenprint inks and equipment, spraypaint and a whole pile of poor mistreated brushes. Your inspiration is? A fashion photo, a colour, a striking woman, an outfit, a great story, a cool font, a cat watching a moth.
We should check your art because? You might just see something that brightens your day for a moment. Your favorite artist? Impossible to choose just one! Fernand Khnopff, Odilon Redon, Dave McKean, Jay Ryan, Aubrey Beardsley, Gustav Klimt, Joseph Cornell, Leonor Fini and probably loads of other people I’ve forgotten… Your favorite piece by someone else? Again, too many to choose from! Maybe Max Ernst’s The Robing of the Bride or Tiger After Chen Juzhong from the British Museum or Erwin Olaf’s Assassination series.
Your first important sale? The first time I exhibited in a “proper” gallery and sold all my pieces – three kinky ladies – on the first night – it’s an amazing feeling to know someone likes your work enough to pay money for it. Your other hobbies? If I’m not making artwork or reading I’m usually trying to catch up with friends, there don’t always seem to be enough hours in the day!
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