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Göla Finding Direction with a Deer God for Viavai Project in Italy

Göla Finding Direction with a Deer God for Viavai Project in Italy

By way of re-balancing our chakras today, we check in with Göla and his new mural of the Deer God for the Viavai Project in Salento, Italy.

Along with Street Artists like Pastel, Ozmo, Eversiempre, CT, Basic, and Tellas, the festival takes the position that art in public spaces can shift the center of gravity away from the typical hype of a “scene” and focus instead upon the experiential aspects of art as a living thing and even an emotional one.

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Göla (or Gola Hundun). Viavai Project. Racale, Salento. Italy. July 2014. (photo © Matteo Bandiello)

Göla tells us that his new piece is centered on an amiable antlered diety as a “symbol of the rebirth of nature and the cycle of the seasons studied since Paleolithic cultures, described here through vegetal elements and reflected as an oracle and a mouthpiece of behaviors.”

The name of the new piece is “Direzione” (direction) which he says, “speaks about coexistence of man and other species and creating a sustainable path forward.” Conceived as a sacred apparition, it uses symmetrical and metaphorical symbols in a way that echoes more established conventions of religious art.

While the street artist and performer describes his new work you may wonder how the allegories contained within it about resources, sharing, giving, receiving and communion with nature could ever be achieved. He admits that these are long time aspirational goals that people have had for centuries and he obviously believes that they are still worthwhile to contemplate. He speaks of the rising path in the image that is “guided by the light purple color of meditation and spirituality to a new conception of the planet that is in reality nothing more than a new-found understanding of the ancient tribal societies – married by advances current technology.”

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Gola Hundun. Viavai Project. Racale, Salento. Italy. July 2014. (photo © Matteo Bandiello)


Gola Hundun. Detail. Viavai Project. Racale, Salento. Italy. July 2014. (photo © Vincenzo Basile)


Gola Hundun. Detail. Viavai Project. Racale, Salento. Italy. July 2014. (photo © Vincenzo Basile)


Gola Hundun. Detail. Viavai Project. Racale, Salento. Italy. July 2014. (photo © Vincenzo Basile)


Gola Hundun. Viavai Project. Racale, Salento. Italy. July 2014. (photo © Vincenzo Basile)


Click HERE for more on the Viavai Project

Click HERE for more on Gola Hundun’s work.



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Urban Folk Art Gallery Presents: “The Usual Suspects 2” (Brooklyn, NY)

The Usual Suspects 2
Urban Folk Art© Gallery presents “The Usual Suspects 2” an old school Graffiti Group Art Show

Brooklyn, NY- Urban Folk Art Gallery is pleased to announce their August show “the Usual Suspects 2”. Opening August 5th at 7pm, it will show a collection of Graffiti art created by artists who got their start writing graffiti in the 70’s and 80’s.

In an age where Graffiti is a widely accepted art form, used in everything from advertising to high fine art, most of the 13 artists showing began their artistic journeys in Brooklyn decades ago when Graffiti was an underground art movement started by disenfranchised youth. The artists include locally known as well as widely celebrated artists such as DANCE, REBEL, NEST, REK, SNATCH, KEO, POET, JAMES TOP, MOS ONE, BASIC, CHIEF, AND KC. These artists who began their Graffiti careers so long ago continue to help mold the contemporary Graffiti scene today. Some of the artists have been continuing to exhibit work far and wide, use their abilites for commercial and charitable ventures, and most of them continue to paint murals legal and otherwise. The First Usual Suspects show was held nearby a year ago, while the NYPD Vandal Squad was parked outside due to the notorious artists showing within.

Curated by Anthony Jehamy and Adam Suerte. Anthony and Adam grew up in the same South Brooklyn neighborhood, and began writing Graffiti as teenagers in the early 80’s. Anthony is still painting murals, curating Graffiti art shows, and working in photography. Adam is co owner of Brooklyn Tattoo®, and Urban Folk Art© studios/gallery where he tattoos, paints, curates, and works in many mediums and art realms.
Urban Folk Art© Gallery was opened in January, 2011, and shows many different disciplines, as well as different levels of undiscovered, emerging, and established artists. The type of work shown will be anything from comtemporary painting, drawing, printmaking and photography, to comic art, legendary Graffiti artists, and contemporary illustration.

“ The Usual Suspects 2” Art Show will take place at the Urban Folk Art© Gallery, 101 Smith Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201, and will be up until the end of August.

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