Overunder and Labrona In Chicago are Full of Characters, History

Overunder continues to expand, explore, rework, reveal – a surrealist stretching the figurative and coupling it with the symbolic and architectural,  and finishing it with overlays of patterning of tattooing or circuitry. In a rising tide of sameness, Street Artists like Overunder are weaving storyline and imagination, innovation, experimentation. His characters are mid-thought and on the move, rooted in history and with a sense of self, these paeans to people and to place. Also it’s interesting to see this new symbol pop up suddenly, this distortion of the smile icon – we’ll have to find out about that and get back to you…

‘Division of Memory and Construction’, 14′ x 100′, Chicago, by Overunder (photo © Brock Brake)

Seth and Nick of Pawn Works continue to curate this, their summer project “Art in Public Places” in the Pilsen Neighborhood of Chicago, and to be on the look out for spots that are choice. Many of the pieces have dealt thematically with the populations and the history of Pilsen, giving a distinctive voice to the neighborhood. With these recent contributions from Overunder and fellow traveler/ painter Labrona just capping off the humid summer season, the character of this project is going wide, and deep.

Chicago contributor and talented photographer Brock Brake captured Overunder and Labrona at work and shares the view through his lens here with BSA readers.

Overunder. Detail. (photo © Brock Brake)

Overunder. Detail. (photo © Brock Brake)

Overunder. Detail. (photo © Brock Brake)

Overunder. Detail. (photo © Brock Brake)

Overunder. Detail. (photo © Brock Brake)

A portrait of a “Young Pilsen Chicana”. Overunder. (photo © Brock Brake)

Overunder. Detail. (photo © Brock Brake)

Portrait of Mondo, the Foreman, by Overunder. Detail. (photo © Brock Brake)

Overunder. Detail. (photo © Brock Brake)

Overunder (photo © Brock Brake)

Overunder (photo © Brock Brake)

Overunder (photo © Brock Brake)

Overunder and Labrona (photo © Brock Brake)

Labrona (photo © Brock Brake)

Labrona (photo © Brock Brake)

 

OverUnder participates in the GEOMETRICKS show this weekend in Red Hook, Brooklyn.

 

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