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BSA FILM FRIDAY: 04.18.14

Posted on April 18, 2014

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Our weekly focus on the moving image and art in the streets. And other oddities.

A sort of quiet day for much of Latin America today as it is Good Friday and many observe it, also many are reflecting on the passing of writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez yesterday. Colombia has declared three days of national mourning for this literary giant; Truly he was a storyteller globally known and celebrated. His magical realism was filled with humor and metaphor, taking it just one step further.

Muralists and painters have relied upon this third eye to transcend the mere mundanity of daily existence as well, and we meditate today on the gifts of creativity that everyone can access to discover at least a little magic in life. Each one of these videos in some way make us think of Garcia Marquez and his legacy to us as a master storyteller.

Now screening :

1. David De La Mano at Memorie Urbane
2. Vero Rivera On a Doorway in Santurce
3. Vexta: Life / Death / Life in Mexico City

BSA Special Feature: David De La Mano at Memorie Urbane

Shot by The Blind Eye Factory, this small personal interlude is the first of two videos showing the small brush painting style of muralists. David De La Mano is creating here an interconnected world of fantasy with silhouettes at the Memorie Urbane Festival currently happening in Gaeta, Italy.

 

Vero Rivera On a Doorway in Santurce

Tots Films celebrates their first year with this six day installation with one artist, Vero Rivera and one small brush on one portal. Where it leads we do not know.

 

Vexta: Life / Death / Life

In a country known for its love of magic realism, and the home of Gabriel Garcia Marquez for three decades, Vexta contemplates the cycle of life and death and life in Mexico City.

 

Martin Whatson, David De La Mano, Pablo Herrero and E1000 at Memorie Urbane Festival 2014

Posted on April 17, 2014

Memorie Urbane Festival 2014 in Gaeta, Italy is in full swing. Begun principally as a way to promote tourism by David Rossillo, the mural festival is carefully curated to recognize the common history, traditions and the natural landscape of Gaeta and Terracina rather than simply promoting an international roster of Street Artists. Loosely translated as “urban memories” the site specific installations are meant to recall how the memory of a place is an essential starting point for what evolves from it; a dialogue between past and present, between art and public spaces.

Photographers Lorenzo Gallitto and Giorgio Base of Blind Eye Factory are documenting the works as they are going up and here share their photos with BSA readers for our global audience to enjoy.

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Martin Whatson. Memorie Urbane Festival 2014. Gaeta, LT Italy. (photo © Giorgio Base . Blind Eye Factory)

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Martin Whatson. Memorie Urbane Festival 2014. Gaeta, LT Italy. (photo © Giorgio Base . Blind Eye Factory)

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Martin Whatson. Detail. Memorie Urbane Festival 2014. Gaeta, LT Italy. (photo © Giorgio Base . Blind Eye Factory)

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Martin Whatson. Memorie Urbane Festival 2014. Gaeta, LT Italy. (photo © Giorgio Base . Blind Eye Factory)

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Martin Whatson. Memorie Urbane Festival 2014. Gaeta, LT Italy. (photo © Giorgio Base . Blind Eye Factory)

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David De La Mano. Detail. Memorie Urbane Festival 2014. Gaeta, LT Italy. (photo © Giorgio Base . Blind Eye Factory)

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The thoughtful and careful work of David De La Mano for Memorie Urbane Festival 2014. Gaeta, LT Italy. (photo © Giorgio Base . Blind Eye Factory)

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David De La Mano for Memorie Urbane Festival 2014. Gaeta, LT Italy. (photo © Giorgio Base . Blind Eye Factory)

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Pablo Herrero and E1000 collaboration. Detail. Memorie Urbane Festival 2014. Gaeta, LT Italy. (photo © Lorenzo Gallitto . Blind Eye Factory)

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Pablo Herrero and E1000 collaboration. Detail. Memorie Urbane Festival 2014. Gaeta, LT Italy. (photo © Lorenzo Gallitto . Blind Eye Factory)

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Pablo Herrero and E1000 collaboration. Memorie Urbane Festival 2014. Gaeta, LT Italy. (photo © Lorenzo Gallitto . Blind Eye Factory)

 

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El Sol 25, an Original Mix Master and Street Collagist

Posted on April 16, 2014

Like spinning multiple vinyl platters at 78, 45, and 33 RPMs on old beige school library record players, this is a low-fi mixmaster whose visual style stands singularly, compelling and jarring. You have just bumped into a new El Sol 25 on the street.

Digging through the reference bin of your art history and popular culture signatures, you may want to decode where this compositional collision evolves from. Picking the pieces apart there appears to be little in common with the classical, the folk, the agrarian, the Egyptian tunics, the Greek marble, Sioux head dresses, sports trading cards, Depression Era glass, gilt frames and 50s TV depictions of svelte domesticity.

Perhaps it is the painted technique that lifts them to a common vernacular, creating an amber nostalgia for a time that never existed in the collaged paintings from Street Artist El Sol 25. Like crocuses and tulips they have recently appeared plastered around Brooklyn in a new spring campaign and while you never know when he’s coming, you sure know when he’s arrived.

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El Sol 25. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

After wading through stacks of books and magazines, cutting and pasting limbs and feathers and tobacco leaves and intersex torsos together, he then paints enlarged versions of them by hand on butcher paper. He’s said that they speak to him, and so do the walls and doorways where they are pasted, and we have no reason to doubt it.

While we draw up short of saying we are fans to maintain an air of professionalism, he did rather tip the scale this time when we discovered that he painted a tribute to BSA on a popular spot in BK, and we’re sort of embarrassed — but of course we’ve already taken multiple selfies in front of it so clearly not that embarrassed. So there’s that. Even so, if the work had not been so consistently risk-taking and experimental and authentic in a pool of copycats, El Sol 25’s work would not have caught our eye and kept it.

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El Sol 25 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

He once told us in an interview that his inspiration comes from a multitude of sources, “I get my inspiration from everything from walking to work or bad music or bad films or great films or good days or bad days. I get my inspiration from everything. I’m dependent on my work spiritually so I really like the idea of incorporating anything and everything into it. I take inspiration not just from what I’ve put on a pedestal – I enjoy everything.”

So for the gluttonous visual omnivores that are continuously pawing through images on your phone looking for a new sugar rush, this is your man. Because these are one-of-a-kind, labor intensive paintings on paper that decay in the wind and rain, catch them while you can. His pieces don’t usually get tagged over but the shelf life is probably a year at most.

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El Sol 25 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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El Sol 25 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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El Sol 25 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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El Sol 25 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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El Sol 25. His tribute to BSA. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

 

 

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