Featuring: Os Gêmeos

Posted in Art with tags , , , , , , , on November 14, 2008 by victorbiola

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Os Gêmeos are two twin brothers from São Paulo in Brazil. Os gêmeos actually translates to twins. Their artwork varies from casual graffiti to complicated murals. Their work has a very artistic touch to it and the characters in their work are often of a dreamlike appearance.

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For more information and images try: WikiPedia, Lost Art, Interview of Os Gêmeos at: Art Crimes, Deitch Projects, Images on Flickr, We Make Money Not ArtVisual Resistance and Eyes On Brazil.

 

Below is a video of Os Gêmeos:

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Virtue Ruins Beauty

Posted in Art with tags , , , , , , , , , , on November 13, 2008 by victorbiola

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I enjoy print making as an artform. It is a great way to express yourself and I liked it long before I had heard about Stencils as a serious artform. Screen printing produces some amazing results. Screen prints are nomally found in galleries and some can get quite dear.

Virtue Ruins Beauty is a piece by an artist called Give Up. The images below are a paste up from an abandoned building in Houston, Texas. See link: Citynoise Website. I wanted to share it as an example of good streetart. It is an interesting idea to return the art found in galleries back to the street, so putting the prints into abandoned buildings, as opposed to bring the streetsart into the galleries or putting protective covers onto graffiti (as happened with a Banksy graffiti in Melbourne).

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The Best Song of All Times?

Posted in Life, Music with tags , , , , , , on November 12, 2008 by victorbiola

Impossible to answer that question. Everyone might have an opinion, some Roman dude in the year 120 AD might give a very subjective answer as a guy in the year 2212, who might quote me and name the local gig on Mars.

the-whoI live now (who would not claim that) and I would name a band my father could relate to more than I can, though does that matter? Best song ever? This question cannot be answered, the best song ever does not exist and would so much depend upon the moment and situation and person…

My personal entry would be ‘Love reign O’er Me’ by the Who (Can you see the real me? Can you? Can you?…)

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Beautiful Seduction

Posted in Fun, Life with tags , , , , , , , on November 11, 2008 by victorbiola

It is always interesting to see how individuals differ, yet how strongly we are being influenced by the media. A previous post is asking viewers and readers to submit their favourite seductive song.

See: Vote For Your Favourite Seductive Song

Everyone has a right to an opinion; just funny to see how far we do differ on the topic. Some people seem to mistake the art of seduction with chopping meat up for the bbq.

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How we are worlds apart in our headspaces and souls… There is a big difference between eating out of a tin or just placing food on a plate or actually arranging a meal on a plate, beautifully presented, deliciously placed. Making an effort can be effortless as not making an effort. Going out of your way will bring you past new ideas and thoughts. By making a difference you show that you care. That is seductive.

I would liken seductive, sensual, enticing to a person unwrapping a desert, slowly with anticipation while listening to the sound of the unwrapping…

The art of seduction is a process of encounters, slight touches of skin, as if accidental, a process of appreciation. Seduction is as well about respect, respect for the moment, yourself and the opposite. Seduction is beauty in itself, it is flirtatious…

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Lately I have heard friends complaining about encounters where the opposite was to obsessed by dirty talk and being rough, actually being treated that way. I feel that there is a place for that and where two people with the capacity to decide make a decision to do something together, then it is fine. It just gets so boring when you feel that being desensitised is the new fashion.

I could go on about it and also speak about the degradation of good film scripts, with most movies produced using swear words and coarse language. What happened to the good scripts?

I guess the fact that dirty talk and swearing has reached the main stream is what makes it so boring and main stream! Seduction is back! ‘It is not what I see that excites me, but what remains hidden.’ Victor Biola (someone will claim it to be said by someone before me…)

Well, that is what Victor Biola thinks…

Comments, responses and thoughts are very welcome

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Street Art is Street Art is Street Art …

Posted in Art with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on November 7, 2008 by victorbiola

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I love stencils and I think that the stencil is the modern reincarnation of the poster. The poster was a very powerful medium that became very popular in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s (Art Nouveau/Jugendstil). Some of the more famous artists using posters as a medium were Toulouse-Lautrec, Mucha, Steinlen and many others in Europe. Japan had proven to be highly influencual on the development of the poster as an art form.

mucha-posterLike the poster as an art form the stencil is dispensable and mostly short-lived. A stencil in a street art sense is a response to a political question, it is a satire on the state of art or just a beautiful or not-so-beautiful image. The fact that it is short-lived and a child of its day make it so attractive. Stencils are very graphic and can be very visual depending on the contrast and colour scheme (of the stencil and the wall).

toulouse-lautrec-jane-avrilI must admit that it scares me to see art critics getting too involved in street art. Seriously, once the establishment gets too involved in any movement it does kill the vibe and spirit of that movement. Get the establishment involved with all their definitions and dogma and you end up having many layers between the work and the viewer.

If you want to experience a good sculpture for example you want to be able to engage with it and one aspect of engaging with it means feeling it! Once a sculpture is placed in a museum it becomes less accessible (in a tactile sense). You might have heard of the case in Melbourne where a council went so far to install an acrylic protective cover on some street art. Sorry, I might rephrase that: not just some or any street art but on a piece by the almighty Banksy. True, I like Banksy and a lot of his pieces work for me, but street art is street art is street art is street art is street art is street art…

Below are some images from Melbourne’s backstreets and a few other selected pieces by 108 from Italy, Swoon from the US and Jef Aerosol from France.

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Stencils All Over The World

Posted in Art with tags , , , , , , , , on November 6, 2008 by victorbiola

Below you will find a selection of stencils that I have found online. Personally, I prefer stencils that are in not too many colours and layers. Stencils are great when kept simple, once they get too complex they become overworked. As always there are exceptions, but in most cases over complicated works indicate that the creator has confused creation with masturbation. I don’t get a kick out of the latter…

Click on the images to find the site where they are originated. Some come with interesting posts or articles.

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A blog by the name The World is not Flat has a good post on European street art. The writer, a visitor from the US (a country south of Canada) describes his/her (that is the problem with unisex names- Lee) thoughts on the European situation. The  first photo was taken from that blog.

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The Wooster Collective is another interesting site/blog and very active. If you like political stencils (as I do) you will find a lot of interesting works here. The image of the child on the van in New Delhi and the profile of the girl on the black wall can be found there.

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paris-stencilAnother gem in the search for inspiring stencils has to be a blog called World of Stencils.

Here I found some very beautiful pieces (see the nude stencil from Paris) and some very complex works by an artist called artiste-ouvrier. As mentioned earlier in this post, I prefer simple stencils, but as always there is the exception to the rule…

World of Stencils also features a group of stencil artists called WCA – Free University of Stencil Art. I have added two of their works below. Both motives show animals.

 

 

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If you like some of the works, check my future posts for more stencils to come and get involved in the debate on the legality of street art!

Read the following blogs to get informed:

  • Core TV 1 Featured this group before- they are independent filmmakers working on documentary on Melbourne’s opinion on Street Art
  • Geekgirl Love the name! This post is on a stencil festival in Melbourne and has some interesting insights into our current political state of the art regarding street art
  • Don’t Ban The Can Most locals know about DBTC by now, they are an interest group of street art supporters and against the Graffiti Prevention Act. They organise events to celebrate street art! This is what democracy is about! Standing up for what you believe in…
  • Graffiti Hurts Australia This group is actually fighting against graffiti and street art and has been very active in the media. Personally, I find this group extremely conservative and negative, it is still good to see what their views are…

Enjoy the Streets with Victor Biola …

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Street Art

Posted in Art, Life with tags , , , , , , , , on November 5, 2008 by victorbiola

Melbourne is at the centre of a discussion on the legality of Street Art. We are now looking at various community leaders openly stating whether graffiti is art or not. Many of these public figures do not have a background in art, yet they seem to have developed an expert opinion on the topic.

I am not trying to sound condescending or like an elitist, but since when do we ask a police spokes-person on definitions of art? That would be a bit like asking a theatre director how to keep Melbourne’s streets safe and quoting him on the topic as if he was an expert.

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Beautiful banner by Astrid Elsmann

In my view the entire discussion regarding graffiti misses a major point. We should not ask whether Street Art is Art! The question should be whether or not Street Art should be criminalised by parts of our society.

Have we not learnt from our not so distant past? Did American officials really believe that they could stop the entire country from consuming alcohol in the 1930’s? Do Victorian officials seriously believe that a draconian law will stop taggers from tagging? Does the Graffiti Prevention Act not rather criminalise young people in general?

We have to be very clear that this new legislation has the power to have the opposite effect that tagging becomes a trend. We should acknowledge that there is a problem with graffiti in the public opinion. We should also acknowledge that there are many Melbourne residents who want change and a massive reduction in the amount of tagging and graffiti. Well, the Graffiti Prevention Act will not bring the solution but put young members of our community in dire straits.

To quote from a stencil that I saw in Fitzroy once:

‘Keep your coins, I want change’…

Read the following blogs to get informed about the debate:

  • Core TV 1 Very informative post on the Graffiti Prevention Act and some of the groups who are against graffiti. Good blog.
  • Geekgirl Love the name! This post is on a stencil festival in Melbourne and has some interesting insights into our current political state of the art regarding street art
  • Images To Live By This is another informative blog with a great post on the Graffiti Prevention Act 
  • Don’t Ban The Can Most locals know about DBTC by now, they are an interest group of street art supporters and against the Graffiti Prevention Act. They organise events to celebrate street art! This is what democracy is about! Standing up for what you believe in…

Victor Biola

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PS: If anyone is still looking for a valid definition of art please check the Free Dictionary

art 1

n.
1. Human effort to imitate, supplement, alter, or counteract the work of nature.
2.
a. The conscious production or arrangement of sounds, colors, forms, movements, or other elements in a manner that affects the sense of beauty, specifically the production of the beautiful in a graphic or plastic medium.
b. The study of these activities.
c. The product of these activities; human works of beauty considered as a group.
3. High quality of conception or execution, as found in works of beauty; aesthetic value.
4. A field or category of art, such as music, ballet, or literature.
5. A nonscientific branch of learning; one of the liberal arts.
6.
a. A system of principles and methods employed in the performance of a set of activities: the art of building.
b. A trade or craft that applies such a system of principles and methods: the art of the lexicographer.
7.
a. Skill that is attained by study, practice, or observation: the art of the baker; the blacksmith’s art.
b. Skill arising from the exercise of intuitive faculties: “Self-criticism is an art not many are qualified to practice” Joyce Carol Oates.
8.
a. arts Artful devices, stratagems, and tricks.
b. Artful contrivance; cunning.
9. Printing Illustrative material.