Preview El Celso’s ¡NO HABLA ESPAÑOL! – Opens Friday 3/11

Celso (photo by Becki Fuller)
Celso (photo by Becki Fuller)

¡NO HABLA ESPAÑOL! is El Celso’s most personal show to date. This new series of works was inspired by a recent trip to Peru where the artist became obsessed with posters made in the “chicha” style. These hand-made posters line city streets all over Peru and generally feature an eye-popping neon color palette and commercial graphics-inspired lettering. They are generally used to advertise working class concerts and other events. During a recent trip around Peru, in 2010, Celso began collecting discarded and out-of-date fragments of these posters – known as afiches chicha in Spanish – from the streets of towns such as Chachapoyas, Chiclayo, Cajamarca and Lima (to name a few).

Further inspired by their look, he established contact with the esteemed Fortunato Urcuhuaranga at the Publicidad Viusa print workshop that originated this iconic DayGlo look back in the 1980s. (Urcuhuaranga is a former radio DJ and he originally created these posters to advertise his station’s musical happenings.) Based on the outskirts of Lima, in the suburb of San Juan, Ate, this renowned family-run studio has produced posters for countless local Peruvian acts, as well as visual artists and arts organizations around the world.

In collaboration with the Urcuhuarangas, Celso created a series of posters inspired by the Peruvian chicha style. However Celso’s posters are a wry play on the idea of the advertisement: event posters created for non-events. Since last year, he has installed dozens of these on the streets of New York and Miami.

His exhibit and installation at the Pandemic Gallery will feature these colorful pieces, as well as fragments of the original Peruvian street posters that inspired them. Also on display will be a series of intricate collages on wood that recreate the feel of the way these posters inhabit the street. Most importantly, the show will feature a diminutive discotheque – a free-standing structure that will feature light, sound and wild graphics. All of it will serve as a tribute to contemporary Peruvian nightlife culture.

Celso (photo by Becki Fuller)
Celso (photo by Becki Fuller)
Celso (photo by Becki Fuller)
Celso (photo by Becki Fuller)
Celso (photo by Becki Fuller)
Celso (photo by Becki Fuller)
Celso (photo by Becki Fuller)
Celso (photo by Becki Fuller)

¡NO HABLA ESPAÑOL!

New works and an installation featuring Peruvian vernacular posters – and a diminutive discotheque

On Display:

March 11 – April 2, 2011
Opening Reception
Friday, March 11, 2011, 7-11pm

Pandemic Gallery
37 Broadway
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(Between Kent & Wythe)

Iconography: A Reflection of Anonymity at Mighty Tanaka

ECB x ChrisRWK (photo by Becki Fuller)
ECB x ChrisRWK (photo by Becki Fuller)

This coming up Friday night, September 10th from 6-9, the Mighty Tanaka gallery in DUMBO will be taken over by a slew of native New Yorkers for the exhibition Iconography: A Reflection of Anonymity. Matt Siren, Royce Bannon, Chris & Veng of Robots Will Kill, 2Esae & SKI of URnewyork, and Peat Wollaeger (stenSOUL) will explore the iconic images they have come to be known for from their work on the streets and beyond.

Mighty Tanaka
68 Jay St, Suite 416 (F Train to York St)
Brooklyn, NY 11021
Office: 718.596.8781

Matt Siren (photo by Becki Fuller)
Matt Siren (photo by Becki Fuller)
Royce Bannon (photo by Becki Fuller)
Royce Bannon (photo by Becki Fuller)
Veng (photo by Becki Fuller)
Veng (photo by Becki Fuller)

Spools Out For Summer

Mid-town crowds can now look forward to something other than a new chain store opening, with the street artist Infinity bringing his live art performance “Spool” to the Chashama Window Space this week. Armed with black ribbon and a staple gun, Infinity and a rotating cast of guest artists (19th: AVOID pi, 20th: Royce Bannon, 22nd: Celso) will spend the day weaving a three dimensional web covering the entirety of the space over the span of five movements: Pollack, Zorn, Barney, Celso, and Ellis. “The five movements are based on the order of actions that one must take to make an interesting i.e. successful ‘drawing in space’, which actually is the goal, like any other drawing. So since each movement is comprised of a certain set of actions, I named each one after an artist whose signature work is similar to that set” says Infinity.

There are only two performances left, so make sure to stop by and catch some of our favorite members of the Endless Love Crew in action.

"Spool"

Infinity and AVOID pi

"Spool"

"Spool"

"Spool"

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