Os Gemeos want to meet you in Times Square three minutes to midnight. Bring your video camera. Later they'll meet you in the Village, where you can take a still shot.
The flashing Times Square spectacle on display all during August across a patchwork of multiple screens by the Brazilian street art twins is an animated curiosity, a dreamlike adventure featuring their yellow skinned characters who push their way through the screen and get closer to you.
Os Gemeos (video © Jaime Rojo)
It's only for three minutes but "Parallel Connection" plays across 45 screens long enough to shake you out of the advertising haze for the Midnight Moment series in Times Square.
Meanwhile downtown their new huge mural will last much longer. Like their street people, the slightly comical mischief of brothers Gustavo and Otavio Pandolfo is rooted in graffiti culture and the desire to disobey limitations. With time and worldwide travel their rebellious fantasies have become part of the mainstream and the art of the contemporary.
In addition to some smaller pieces climbing on fire escape and running along a sidewalk with artists Andre and JR, Os Gemeos brought a huge sartorially dope B-boy to NYC. Crane your head upward and you see him breaking out of the wall toward you, cap turned back, hood pulled tight.
The brothers are in a cherry picker bucket, bobbing up and down on the multi-storied wall, sometimes above you, sometimes below, sometimes alongside. Look close and you'll see that their new guy has another smaller character by guest collaborator Doze Green in his jacket pin, his hat brim a tagged subway train car.
You notice the two speakers are actually mouths as well, perhaps twin MCs. Part hip hop, part Brazilian folk, this boombox-carrying B-boy character who pierces the fourth wall of an East Village building also reminds you of the animated sequences in the screened chaos 40 blocks north. But he is still for your shot, and you can appreciate him a bit more, easily an instant New York classic.
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