The challenge to the longevity of urban art forms is to embrace the title of urban while rejecting the negative connotations that sub-urban folks place over. The graffiti of Os Gêmeos does just that.
As stated on their website http://www.12ozprophet.com, “Graffiti, skateboarding, punk rock and hip-hop undeniably gave rise to the current climate of popular culture, but their true substance is so often missed by a simple name check. Do the research. Know the history. Recognize originality.”
Blood brothers Gustavo and Otavio Pandolfo from Brazil work in large scales and vibrant colors. Their pieces possess the air of children’s book illustrations through their color pallets but the stories told are comments of Brazil’s culturally and politically rich landscape.
On July 17, Os Gêmeos took Manhattan on the corner of Houston and the Bowery. As a result, an article was written in the New York Times C1 section, A World Springs to Life on an Urban Wall 4 Aug. 2009, Roberta Smith.
The C1 section.
To see more of Os Gemeos work, visit their Flicker Fan page.
If you haven’t visited 12 Ounce Prophet yet, you should be clicking here right now. Once you get there, hang out and click around. You won’t regret it.
Then go back and read this piece.
Lastly, the ideas expressed here are those of VB.