Out of all the gifts we have received from the ‘Octavo Asalto‘ festival, the one from Wesr Figueroa has probably been the most outstanding of them all…
Contrary to all the other participants the peruvian artist painted horizontally decorating the ground on a path next to the shores of the river Ebro, below the famous bridge Puente de Piedra. In the background of the scenery we can see the symbol of Zaragoza, the Basílica del Pilar, making the image a perfect postcard for this years edition of the festival. In the image we can see building sites and landscape, the old and the new, local and international, it all blends in to perfection.
It is not the first time that Wesr Figueroa paints on the ground, but doing on a transit public place is probably something new:
‘I saw how people became part of my painting without noticing it, they pass on top of it and it is therefore constantly changing.
It will never be finished by me, I only did my part and the people makes it complete. It was funny to see come running or strolling over it.‘
From a stylistic point of view the influences of the artist from Lima is evident, but the vertical nature of the work also offers some unique technical possibilities:
‘I always paint characters based on our folkloric peruvian masks, this is where I come from. My graphic inspiration mainly springs from this as well. The only thing I change is the way I paint depending on what surface and materials I am using. A fact is that doing canvases has helped me in being able to do this painting; In this position there are textures that you can not develop while painting vertically.‘
‘My painting nurtures from my experiences of street painting, and now it is the other way around. I am ok with this. I am sure that in another moment I will have more strength to bring out my street influences.‘
As you might have seen earlier, the amount of events and content presented in this years edition of the festival Asalto in Zaragoza has been so spanning that we impossibly could fit it in only one update. We are aware of that the works of all the artists during these eight days are worth more than just a glimpse, but we have decided to focus on just some specific productions from the event.
One of these are the work of Rosh from Elche, Spain, who made a conceptual continuation of the works he has been making during the last month.
‘Everything is color in movement‘
‘My contribution to Asalto this year comes linked to a series of pieces I have made in Madrid since the end of 2011 up until today…
This new form of working I based in using exclusively color, without adding any materials like I used to do, such as adding proper materials such as rock, bricks metals etc…
One example of this series of works that I have been making is made on the lower parts of walls, on the corners buildings, water pipes, metal plates in the street, those places where dogs and drunk people usually go to take a leak. What has interested me about these kinds of public places is the durability of the pieces, its alteration with time, and, specially due to the question on wether the street cleaners will ever erase these “spots of color”.
For this years edition of the festival I tried to adapt these pieces into a larger format, to size of a facade of building block. Using only tools which are new to me, I have scattered colors on this huge buildings wall.‘
Is there a better way to end your summer than to visit Brazil? This is also probably what Dabs and Myla thought. This sympathetic and obviously restless couple went to Rio de Janeiro, and it is about time to see what they where up to when they went there. Thanks to them some of the streets in the city will never look the same again…
There is only a few days left until ‘Debens Remix Sessions‘ will come to its end, the exhibit that, curated by Art from Chaos, join for the first time at the Senda Gallery renowned names of the street art scene of Barcelona like Debens, Alberto de Blobs, Mina Hamada, Pau MFand the duo Lolo and Sosaku.
Different artists representing the graffiti “breaking” feeling work and collaborate all together in Debens‘ studio to confront themselves though different techniques (installations, collages, videos, up to the pictorial area) being able to realize and exhibit new original pieces joint with the personal work of each artist. Solitary and united works where the abstraction of the space of Debens meets the colored one of Mina Hamada, the figurative lines of Alberto de Blobs, the narrative content of Pau MF and the employment of the space of Lolo and Sosaku.
Demonstrating how artists linked to the street art movement are able to claim their space within the contemporary art, expanding their ability from the walls to the canvas through the amplitude and the polyvalence of different techniques. These artists don’t only share a common origin, but also they inherit the idea of the piece like “something collective”, a simultaneous work by various individuals, a mix where different styles meet and face making impossible identifying the authorship. Because this is the brilliant idea that makes the exhibit an unique and fascinating experience: works as a puzzle where, like in the game, we can loose ourselves in trying to decipher which part belongs to whom.
“Our goal was to show work made by artists from the urban art scene and this is why I decided to invite: Debens, Alberto de Blobs, Lolo and Sosaku, Mina Hamada and Pau MF. All of them comes from painting in the streets, some of them has done graffiti and other has done street art, but they all have artistic careers and very personal styles.
In general the reception and the critique of the show has been very positive, as well from during the month that they worked together in Hangar, as when the show was opened.
I like the work of these writers since they have made a good job in a space which never before has shown any material of urban arts character before, and the art collectors who have come has been really surprised about the quality created made by people from such a alternative scene.”
Art from Chaos.
We take this opportunity to invite you to the Live Painting that will be held tomorrow Friday September 20.
Thanks: Sandy Fiocchetti.