Mural unveiling: June 23, 6-8pm at Open Source Gallery
Spread Love, It’s The Brooklyn Way is a community-based project by Spanish art collective Boa Mistura.
Throughout June, Boa Mistura is creating three murals in South Slope, Brooklyn with the help of community members. These murals, inspired by The Notorious B.I.G., an artist born and raised in Brooklyn, are being created with the help of volunteers. The project will not end with the murals, but will also include an exhibit at Open Source Gallery in August.
Murals created during this project are located on 3rd Ave. between 17th St. and Prospect Ave. (under the Prospect Expressway) and on the wall of Associated Market on 17th St. and the corner of 5th Ave.
Boa Mistura is a multidisciplinary team with roots in graffiti art–the term “Boa Mistura” comes from the Portuguese “good mixture,” referring to the diversity of careers and perspectives of each member. Founded in Madrid, Spain in 2001, the group develops their work mainly in the public space. Their murals adorn walls in South Africa, USA, UK, Brazil, Mexico, Georgia, Algeria, Norway, Serbia and Panama. Boa Mistura has received awards from GRAFFICA and ARTAQ. They have worked with the Spanish Cultural Center, Cervantes Institute, Greenpeace, World Wildlife Foundation, Amnistia Internacional, Telefonica Foundation, and the Orange Foundation as well as with city halls in Paris, Madrid and Bogota. Boa Mistura has exhibited at the Bienal de la Haban (Cuba), Triennale Milano (Italy), Harvard University Graduate School of Design (USA), Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Alcobendas (Spain), Bienal del Sur en Panamá (Panama), and Galeria Verdeau (France). Members include Javier Serrano Guerra (architecture, Escuela Tecnica Superior de Arquitectura, Madrid), Juan Jaume Fernández (photography and video, University of the Arts, Berlin), Pablo Ferriero Mederos (graphic design, Aalto University of Art and Design, Helsinki), Pablo Purón Carrillo (advertising and public relations, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos), Rubén Martín de Lucas (civil engineering, Technical University of Madrid).
June 11-July 1, 2016
Opening reception: June 11, 7-9pm
Mural unveiling: June 10, 12pm (MS136, Brooklyn)
guerilla-art.mx presents Transgression, a collborative project with Open Source Gallery, NURTUREart and MS136.
What do we talk about when we talk about immigration? Or displacement? Migration? Refugees? Right now all over the world, people are fleeing their homes from violence or poverty, and too often both. Outrage at immigrants from Mexico is seen across the U.S. In 2015, over 3500 migrants and refugees lost their lives crossing the Mediterranean sea to get to Europe–and many survivors were turned away at the borders. These crises are not limited to two instances; they are global. Through Transgression, conversation about displacement, injustice and inequity is brought to the fore, encouraging a narrative created not by the news outlets and pundits, but by individuals.
Inspired by the economic and political situations in marginalized communities across the globe, art collective guerilla-art.mx, organized by Yescka and Jonathan Rutsch, gives voice to those who are often overlooked, showcasing work resulting from–and with the potential to spark–social movements. Yescka’s work focuses on the power of art as a weapon of change. And through political actions, such as Yescka and Rutsch’s current work with Syrian refugees in Europe, the group emphasizes the importance of social engagement in art. guerilla-art.mx aims to raise awareness and emphasize the importance of critical thinking in examinations of society and politics. Using street art and more historic forms of craft, such as woodcuts, Yescka presents work at Open Source that aims to combine the traditional with the contemporary, generating art that gives voice to marginalized communities and promotes critical thinking and understanding about contemporary issues and global struggles. For example, in La última cena mexicana, Yescka repurposes the last supper to depict an abuse of power by the elite. Benito Juárez, a drug boss, sits in Jesus’s place, while others gather around him begging for recognition. Their thirst for power makes them devour their values, such as freedom and justice.
In conjunction with the exhibit at Open Source, artists Yescka, Kate Deciccio and Max Albee, as well as non-profit organization NURTUREart, are collaborating with Open Source and students from MS 136 in Sunset Park to produce a mural at the school titled The Confidence to Persevere. This project presents a combination of the experience of the students and an exploration of their heritage with the guiding hand of artists, who can help them learn how to follow through from idea to mural and effectively use materials to create powerful imagery.
guerilla-art.mx is a German-Mexican street art collective consisting of street artists and filmmakers. The collective was founded by Mexico-based artist Yescka in 2011. Born from the wish to spread intercultural art the collective has organized projects, trips, exhibitions, and has contributed to numerous street art festivals in Mexico, Germany, USA, Switzerland, Sweden, and Spain.
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