Os Gemeos has taken one step closer toward bringing you into their dreams with them. Is that music you hear?
An ongoing lucid travelogue of sorts, the Brazilian twins Otavio and Gustavo have been recording their dual citizenship of this world and a surreal one for their fans for at least a couple of decades. In these site-specific rooms you find multiple characters intersecting with graffiti culture, hip-hop culture, pattern, illustration, fantasy, the sky.
With imaginations captured as boys by the tales and adventures of 1970s and '80s streetwise graffiti kids the brothers' Brazilian folk homages are stirred in sweetly with escapist fantasies of evading the law, creating your own community, making a famous name for yourself.
"Silence of the Music," just opened at Lehmann Maupin Gallery in New York last Thursday and attended by thousands of fans, gives you five rooms of eye candy colored in autumn hues and sea foam washes, and periodic carnival-steampunk mechanical movement that surprises and triggers memory.
Everywhere are humorously attenuated yellow figures caught mid-mischief or mid-thought, posing with a stylish guile, completely aware of their surroundings. There are some painted collaborations with Doze Green and atop Martha Cooper photos and shout outs to Ken Swift and whole train writers like LEE and Futura. Beatboxes and bboys and spraycans are here, as are lighthouses and ocean storms and rowboats and animals and a sliver of moon for you to sit upon.
Also a sharper depiction of geometric forms.
For Os Gemeos in life and in art, there is little separation between external and internal worlds. For a few weeks this fall you can traverse both with them in New York.
Os Gemeos in collaboration with Martha Cooper (the artists used Ms. Cooper's photo of the train lot printed on canvas). Silence of the Music. Lehmann Maupin Gallery. New York City. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
"Silence Of Music" is on view through October 22nd at Lehmann Maupin Gallery on 536 West 22nd Street, New York.
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