Some images from yesterday’s Bushwick Art Park at Factory Fresh: featuring sculptural pieces by Skewville, El Celso, Sweet Toof, Leon Reid IV, Infinity, Specter, and others & with a block-long mural by Veng.
This Williamsburg rooftop has taken on a decidedly international flair – Spain’s Nuria rolled out a large, pink geometric form on the roof between the even pinker chompers Britain’s Sweet Toof recently left behind. While other rats thrive all over the city, only the head of Roa’s rat remains. Aones, CS, Goal, Hellbent, Smells and El Celso hold it down for New York.
¡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 During a recent trip around Peru, in 2010, Celso began collecting discarded and out-of-date fragments of these posters – known as afiches chicha in Spanish – from the streets of towns such as Chachapoyas, Chiclayo, Cajamarca and Lima (to name a few).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.
¡NO HABLA ESPAÑOL!
New works and an installation featuring Peruvian vernacular posters – and a diminutive discotheque
March 11 – April 2, 2011
Friday, March 11, 2011, 7-11pm
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(Between Kent & Wythe)
The ever inventive El Celso has returned from a recent trip to Peru with a new bag of tricks. That is, a new series of crazy colorful, handmade prints in the style of South American band posters. With the trees getting bare and the skies taking on an autumnal shade of gray, this added bit of color is most welcome.
Aside from the M-City and Dolk opening at the Brooklynite Gallery this Saturday, there is one more not-to-miss opening at the Woodward Gallery. The Great Outdoors explores the inspirational effect and cultural exchange that occurs when art intended for the unprotected elements is taken and placed in an indoor-gallery setting. It features some of street art’s finest names: Royce Bannon, Darkcloud, Michael De Feo, El Celso, LA II, Kenji Nakayama, Neck Face, Lady Pink, Matt Siren, Stikman, and Swoon.
Note that this opening starts an hour before Brooklynite does, so there is definitely time to catch both!
133 Eldridge St, New York, NY
Says the artist, “Rendered in messy, uncontrolled and some-what finely detailed (expletive)-ism, the paintings on canvas, paper and Plexiglas in No Nudes feature fully-clothed models past and present, isolated within habitats that foreshadow free tequila shots*, and fragmented forms that are surrounded by a sea of free tequila shots*, representing the universal unknown in an allegorical interpretation of the effect of contemporary civilization’s disconnect from free tequila shots*.” [*While supplies last.**]