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Marx Turns 200 in Montevideo. 3 Street Artists Paint “After Marx” for Goethe-Institut

Marx Turns 200 in Montevideo. 3 Street Artists Paint “After Marx” for Goethe-Institut

Karl Marx had his 200th birthday this year, proudly rocking a “Black Lives Matter” t-shirt.

Vince. Tunnel , Avenida 8 de October. Montevideo, Uruguay. September 2018. (photo © Various & Gould)

“History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce,said the author of The Communist Manifesto, and to mark the bicentennial of the polarizing figure in Montevideo, Street Artists Various & Gould (Germany), Min8 (Uruguay) and Vince (France) created new artworks along the Avenida 8 de October and the walls of a former prison, now turned art space.

“The Goethe-Institut in cooperation with the French Embassy took the bicentenary of Karl Marx as an opportunity to discuss what remains of Marx today, and what we can learn from him,” says Katharina Ochse, the director of Goethe-Institut Uruguay. “The idea of inviting three artists from different countries was to obtain very different perspectives of people who have had very different experiences in their past with the ideas of Marx.”

Collectively the program is entitled „Después de Marx“, or “After Marx”

Vince. Tunnel , Avenida 8 de October. Montevideo, Uruguay. September 2018. (photo © Various & Gould)

In Vince’s portrait of Marx you realize that the beard he sported is very modern and a bit bookish, perfect for the political theorist and revolutionary socialist of 2018. Supporting the “Black Lives Matter” movement is a given, as you know he would be in the thick of thirty different socio-political initiatives on this eve of another economic crash. In another image of Marx posed with Engels, the two look like a couple of college bros with send-ups of modern novelty t-shirts.

Various & Gould “Despues de Marx”. Sketch. Tunnel , Avenida 8 de October. Montevideo, Uruguay. September 2018. (photo © Various & Gould)

Various & Gould “Despues de Marx”. Tunnel , Avenida 8 de October. Montevideo, Uruguay. September 2018. (photo © Roger Eychenne)

The Berlin based art duo Various & Gould took an abstract decontructivist approach to the German philosopher, a free-associative recombining of elements of his physical and his theories.

“Marx does not appear as a complete portrait with us – only in the form of his typical beard,” says Various. “The rest of the head is made up of more abstract fragments and industrial elements such as a chimney, a gear and an actual still existing landmark in Montevideo, an old gasometer.”

Various & Gould “Despues de Marx”. Tunnel , Avenida 8 de October. Montevideo, Uruguay. September 2018. (photo © Various & Gould)

Gould expands on their aesthetic answer to a complex character and symbol. “His profound scientific analysis of working conditions and production processes seems to be the core of his work. From this examination of relationship between man and work, we have been inspired to a metaphorical game with human elements and machine parts. And the infinity sign at the other end of the tunnel, in combination with gears, is a tongue-in-cheek symbol of never-ending work.”

Various & Gould “Despues de Marx”. Sketch. Tunnel , Avenida 8 de October. Montevideo, Uruguay. September 2018. (photo © Various & Gould)

For her part, Uruguayan graffiti writer and style experimentalist Min8, working comfortably here in her hometown in this South American capital, employed symbol and metaphor, combining the royal eagle and the lion, which she calls her personal totem.

Min8. Tunnel , Avenida 8 de October. Montevideo, Uruguay. September 2018. (photo © Various & Gould)

“I wanted to represent the fight, the struggle, and the freedom,” she says. “It is a ‘must’ for me. You should always fight and sacrifice yourself for your goals.” Says Min8.

Min8. Tunnel , Avenida 8 de October. Montevideo, Uruguay. September 2018. (photo © Various & Gould)

The murals are not without detractors however. Photos posted on a Facebook page called “Uruguay Primero” (America First, anyone?) feature a handful of protesters rather respectfully taping handmade posters over the works during the night – each deriding the figure for causing deaths, creating concentration camps and other oppression of the poor.

Image from “Uruguay Primero” Facebook page (photo © Nicolás Quintana)

A commenter on the page was in agreement with the protest, saying “After Marx left this capitalist system, which generated all that that the poster you put said it did. I congratulate you for the intervention.”

In street art terms, they may have “gone over” the works, but they didn’t permanently destroy them, while censuring the message. In an ironic turn of events, a video posted by the group was pulled down by Facebook – another form of censorship.

Presumably this kind of open discussion of ideas would appeal to those savoring the exchange of ideas and ideals, long after Marx.

 

Various & Gould “Despues de Marx”. Sketch. Tunnel , Avenida 8 de October. Montevideo, Uruguay. September 2018. (photo © Various & Gould)

Various & Gould “Despues de Marx”. Sketch. Tunnel , Avenida 8 de October. Montevideo, Uruguay. September 2018. (photo © Various & Gould)

Various & Gould “Despues de Marx”. Sketch. Tunnel , Avenida 8 de October. Montevideo, Uruguay. September 2018. (photo © Various & Gould)

Various & Gould “Despues de Marx”. Sketch. Tunnel , Avenida 8 de October. Montevideo, Uruguay. September 2018. (photo © Various & Gould)

 

Various & Gould “Despues de Marx”. With Vince at work on his piece. Tunnel, Avenida 8 de October. Montevideo, Uruguay. September 2018. (photo © Various & Gould)

Vince. Tunnel , Avenida 8 de October. Montevideo, Uruguay. September 2018. (photo © Various & Gould)

Vince. Tunnel , Avenida 8 de October. Montevideo, Uruguay. September 2018. (photo © Vince)

Vince. Tunnel , Avenida 8 de October. Montevideo, Uruguay. September 2018. (photo © Various & Gould)

Vince. Tunnel , Avenida 8 de October. Montevideo, Uruguay. September 2018. (photo © Various & Gould)

Vince. Min8 . Various & Gould. Tunnel , Avenida 8 de October. Montevideo, Uruguay. September 2018. (photo © Various & Gould)

Vince. Min8 . Various & Gould. Tunnel , Avenida 8 de October. Montevideo, Uruguay. September 2018. (photo © Various & Gould)

Min8 . Various & Gould. Espacio de Arte Contemporaneo. Montevideo, Uruguay. September 2018. (photo © Jessica Porley)

Various & Gould. Espacio de Arte Contemporaneo. Montevideo, Uruguay. September 2018. (photo © Jessica Porley)

Various & Gould. Espacio de Arte Contemporaneo. Montevideo, Uruguay. September 2018. (photo © Various & Gould)

Min8. Espacio de Arte Contemporaneo. Montevideo, Uruguay. September 2018. (photo © Various & Gould)

Min8. Espacio de Arte Contemporaneo. Montevideo, Uruguay. September 2018. (photo © Various & Gould)

Min8. Espacio de Arte Contemporaneo. Montevideo, Uruguay. September 2018. (photo © Min8)

Vince. Espacio de Arte Contemporaneo. Montevideo, Uruguay. September 2018. (photo © Various & Gould)

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David De La Mano X Nemo’s Collabo in Abandoned Uruguay

David De La Mano X Nemo’s Collabo in Abandoned Uruguay

La Mano is on the run.

 

Here in this abandoned spot in Uruguay his fairies and wolves and princesses without dresses in high pointed hennin hats are running and prancing and headed for the door. A Spaniard living in Montevideo for the last five years David De La Mano says he has been working on an independent project of exploration involving neglected spaces like this one.

NemO’S x David De La Mano. Uruguay. May 2018. (photo © David De La Mano)

And when you come to visit, he’ll bring you along to discover the dilapidation – as he did recently with Italian Street Artist Nemo’s. While their somewhat unrelated individual styles have certain aspects that perplex or mystify, their combined powers are tripled here with Nemo’s dejected and tired men literally sliced open and De La Mano’s rampant and spooked animal spirits running at a gallop.

And what do these wolves represent as they burst from the chest of one and into the flesh vessel of another?

“I suppose it’s a little bit of everything, fear, emotions, ideas,” he tells us, “but also everything that we transfer from generation to generation without considering the reason that originated it.”

NemO’S x David De La Mano. Uruguay. May 2018. (photo © David De La Mano)

David De La Mano. Uruguay. May 2018. (photo © David De La Mano)

David De La Mano. Uruguay. May 2018. (photo © David De La Mano)

 

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Faring Purth and David De La Mano, “Chrysalis” in Montevideo

Faring Purth and David De La Mano, “Chrysalis” in Montevideo

Faring Purth and David De La Mano collaborated on a wall in Montevideo, Uruguay last week in a very short period of time. “We have been corresponding for quite some time, years in fact, and the pieces finally fell into place for us to cross paths,” Faring tells us, and surprisingly her mysterious, somewhat mummy-like Chrysalis character came together in only half of an office work day.

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Faring Purth and David De La Mano “Chrysalis”. Collaboration mural in progress in Montevideo, Uruguay. (photo © David De La Mano)

De La Mano’s silhouetted forms bended and leaned organically nearby, mimicking the shadows of the bare branches and shadows here at Joaquín Suárez y Venancio Benavidez. Are they mere puppets controlled by the master, or are they the roots that give her sustenance and strength?

“I am thrilled to say creating with David was incredibly easy & natural. We met, shook hands, did a little bow to one another, and got to work. No plans ~ just a white wall and two artists kneading away, through the shadows of that incredible Uruguayan sunset.”

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Faring Purth and David De La Mano “Chrysalis”. Collaboration mural in progress in Montevideo, Uruguay. (photo © David De La Mano)

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Faring Purth and David De La Mano “Chrysalis”. Collaboration mural in progress in Montevideo, Uruguay. (photo © David De La Mano)

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Faring Purth and David De La Mano “Chrysalis”. Collaboration mural in progress in Montevideo, Uruguay. (photo © David De La Mano)

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Faring Purth and David De La Mano “Chrysalis”. Collaboration mural in progress in Montevideo, Uruguay. (photo © David De La Mano)

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Faring Purth and David De La Mano “Chrysalis”. Collaboration mural in progress in Montevideo, Uruguay. (photo © David De La Mano)

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Faring Purth and David De La Mano “Chrysalis”. Collaboration mural in progress in Montevideo, Uruguay. (photo © David De La Mano)

Our thanks to David for sharing his images here with BSA readers.

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BSA Images Of The Week: 05.24.15

BSA Images Of The Week: 05.24.15

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New York is bittersweet as we are welcoming summer this weekend and remembering those who served and who were lost in war as well (Memorial Day); amidst a changing political atmosphere where the country is tentatively beginning to seriously debate whether the US should have gone to Iraq and Afghanistan.

So it’s also Fleet Week in New York, which means a lot of sailors and marines and Coast Guard personnel are carousing the tourist spots and bars – sort of a military spring break and a chance for the local girls and boys to yell out “Hey Sailor!” – and  flash some flirty eyes. It’s also big weekend for movies, barbecues, beers, burping, suntans, rummage sales, bike rides, and of course spray painting empty trailers in cluttered lots. That’s why we start this weeks pack with a new stallion just sprayed on a trailer in Williamsburg by Cern. He’s running wild with a great view of the cityscape behind him.

Also, Kiss Me I’m Irish!

So here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring Cern, Christos Voutichtis, David De La Mano, Din din, Dont Fret, DourOne, Iraq Veterens Against the War, Kuma, Mata Ruda, Miishab, Musketon, Pablog H Harymbat, Rebel, Smells, Sweet Toof, Temo & Miel, and Urma.

Top image above by Cern (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Cern (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Iraq Veterans Against The War (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Mata Ruda in Jersey City, NJ for Savage Habbit. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Mata Ruda in Jersey City, NJ for Savage Habbit. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Telmo & Miel new mural in Dortmund, Germany for 44309//Street Art Gallery. (photo © Courtesy of 44309 // Street Art Gallery)

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Smells . Sweet Toof (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Musketon. It’s in the cloud… (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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DourOne new wall in Los Angeles, CA. (photo © Phil Sanchez)

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Artist Unknown. This has got to be one of the more elaborate ways we have seen to throw an insult. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Miishab (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Dont Fret (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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David De La Mano and Pablo H Harymbat in Montevideo, Uruguay. (photo © Harymbat)

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David De La Mano and Pablo H Harymbat in Montevideo, Uruguay. (photo © Harymbat)

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KUMA (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Din Din (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Din Din (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Rebel (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Urma. New installation in Milan. (photo © Christos Voutichtis)

In case you thought that your uncle Ernie was the only one full of hot air, public artist creates this installation that attempts to capture the breath of the city. He tells us that in the end he decided his experiment was a good mix of architecture, Art, and postmodern French literature.

“I applied simple means to build parametric and temporary installations;

It is an open system, varying with steadily modifying environmental processes, but without completely changing its own structure.”

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Urma. New installation in Milan. Interior. (photo © Domenico Laterza)

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Untitled.  Manhattan fly over. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

 

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Opiemme: Poetry and Vortexes in Argentina and Uruguay

Opiemme: Poetry and Vortexes in Argentina and Uruguay

Opiemme continues on the search for suitable locations for his Vortexes – a circular shape that contains text and words and poetic dispatches. He likens them to a swirl, a whirlpool, a spiralling symbol of life which mirrors the shape of our galaxy, the Milky Way. He recently travelled to some spots in South America and shares with BSA readers some of his adventures in Argentina and Uruguay.

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Gualicho + Opiemme +Florencia Mayra Gargiulo, Isla Maciel per Pintò La Isla, Buenos Aires, Argentina. 2014. (photo © Opiemme)

You may recall that BSA featured the Argentinian Gualicho in this very modest barrio for a small festival called Pintò la Isla and here we have Opiemme’s collaboration with both he and Florencia Mayra Gargiulo. In it you see the separation and the reformation of letters into fertile soil. “The grey wall suggested to me the idea of a “broken” planet with letters coming out of it, collecting together and going to recreate life somewhere else,” says Opiemme. In this case you see the letters collecting into a new black circle, giving birth to a Gualicho plant.

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Gualicho + Opiemme +Florencia Mayra Gargiulo, Isla Maciel per Pintò La Isla, Buenos Aires, Argentina. 2014. (photo © Opiemme)

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Gualicho + Opiemme +Florencia Mayra Gargiulo. Buenos Aires, Argentina. 2014. (photo © Opiemme)

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Opiemme. Mar Del Plata, Argentina. 2014. (photo © Opiemme)

The phrase says: If you can’t make it / Do it with a smile / And not just for yourself.

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Opiemme. Mar Del Plata, Argentina. 2014. (photo © Opiemme)

This vortex in Mar Del Plata contains the words of the Mexican poet Enrique González Martínez, specifically his poem “The Seeding of the Stars”.

Y mirarán absortos el claror de tus huellas,
y clamará la jerga de aquel montón humano:
“Es un ladrón de estrellas…” Y tu pródiga mano
seguirá por la vida desparramando estrellas. . . .

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Opiemme. Detail. Mar Del Plata, Argentina. 2014. (photo © Opiemme)

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Opiemme. David De La Mano. Montevideo, Uruguay. 2014. (photo © Opiemme)

In this quick street piece painted with David de la Mano in the center of Montevideo, , Opiemme wanted to relate the figure and the words to the nearby church of Nuestra Senora de los Dolores Tierra Santa.

Appropriately titled “Asunciòn”, it is based on a poem by Julio Cortàzar, the novelist, short story writer, and essayist. “Oh noche, asiste” is about outer space as well, Opiemme tells us, and he used the portion of the poem that says “Oh night take care of your lonely stars”.

“It’s an evanescent, delicate, light work that seems to play with the nearby church,” he says, “as well as with aliens.”

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Opiemme. David De La Mano. Detail. Montevideo, Uruguay. 2014. (photo © Opiemme)

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Here is a smaller scene painted by David De La Mano. Montevideo, Uruguay. 2014. (photo © Opiemme)

 

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