It seems like every week there’s a new gallery opening, show or even museum highlighting the work of Argentina’s very eclectic mix of street artists, illustrators or designers. Just a year ago, this was hardly the case; but something’s been brewing (for some time now) in the world of underground street art and it seems the city is catching on, and fast. With the first part of an on-going investigation, we’re bringing you (just) a sliver of what all the hype seems to be about: talented artists from around Argentina with thoughts about their art, their influences, thoughts on an art ‘movement’, and of course, some general ramblings.
Caro Chinaski’s work ranges form painting to illustration, weaving, writing, and making comics. When asked about her influences, there are many: “from my near surroundings to musicals. Things that I see in the street, or my mother’s gestures. My cat. Books I’ve read. Personal anecdotes and anecdotes of others”, to name a few. “ I believe I can distinguish myself by my abuse of color, which is frightful, and almost baroque…thousands of small lines, and [well], a little too obsessed.” When asked about who she thinks her work appeals to, Caro notes that from small children to friends of her mother, ‘everyone finds something different’, and in the end, “my work seems apt for a wide public”
Caro WUBA X-tra: Catch Caro´s latest project, a team up with another cat who you will be reading about in Part 2 - Tester. Peep the Agenda section today (and every Thursday) for mas info.
Born in Buenos Aires and traversing a youth influenced by drawing, biology, skateboarding, and traveling, Chu is one of the founders of the multidisciplinary art collective DOMA. Within the group, he began his urban art practice of intervention, which later became specialized in illustration, animation, and toy design. In the last four years, Chu has dedicated a large part of his time to painting his characters in Buenos Aires and other cities, working on a ladder and giving color to spaces that need it, reviving and transmitting a positive attitude in order to bring about a smile.
Chu WUBA X-tra: Chu´s collective, DOMA, is unparalleled in the BA scene. They’ve had their hands on, in or around mad things cool on TV, print, events, installations and other random stuff for longer than you’ve heard the term Street Art.
“My main influences are the essential energy of the universe and the sun”, says the prolific young Porteño, Dani Dan. Though he can’t certainly ascribe his work to any particular genre, he remarks that “my main guide in the search for an ‘aesthetic concept’ is in nature”. Dani Dan seems to understand his role in the Argentine art scene quite well, “I believe the relationship between my work, the culture, and the movement of Argentine art is analogous to a big hot-dog with raining French-fries where the sausage, the sauce, and the bun are my base of action, and I am the raining French-fries.” As a way of wrapping this metaphor up, he adds “The primordial characteristic of my works is my great desire, choice, and dedication to always creating something that clearly distinguishes itself from the others.”
Dani Dan WUBA X-tra: Dani is a nut for the dancefloor, finding that energy he craves and more through the release of letting your body and soul connect with music and see where it takes you. No surprise then that you’ll find him at Zizek regularly.
“Aesthetically, it doesn’t interest me to be pleasant. If it generates this sentiment or not, it’s not my fault” Gustavo Eandi hails from Mar de Plata, but his art is already showing here in Buenos Aires. Among his influences,” Terrorist organizations and sects, the mafia and Russian tattoos, architecture and the abandoned, boredom”, of course.
“On the one hand, I try to speak about themes close to me, (like what I see in the street, it’s architecture or abandoned architecture, painting things related to politics or futbol, etc.) and others that are apparently, quite distanced from me: organized mafia, lowbrow culture, or those that I don’t see connected to that which is referred to as ‘Argentine art’, even though I certainly have it.”
WUBA Gustavo Eandi X-tra: Peep his work this month as a part of the Oscuros Parientes Lejanos at our favorite little gallery around the corner.
“Ultimately, aesthetics is the final part of the working process”, begins Fede A.K.A Freshcore, “it’s important that I feel comfortable and meet the final requirements I’m seeking in a work, but before that, there’s something disconnected from everything related to the concept of design, it’s more an idea than an aesthetic.”
Freshcore elaborates, “I imagine myself as an extraterrestrial primate that’s coming from another galaxy in a spaceship that works thanks to a catalyzer that converts weed smoke and music into an energy so powerful that it can make a ship go into outerspace, the control panel of this spaceship, a controlled species mixed between sound and bongs…”He admits, “The vibe is to enjoy what I do, to stay true to what I, myself, like, and that’s it.”
Freshcore WUBA X-tra: We´ve had the pleasure of working with Freshness quite a bit. His Villa Diamante Mixtape graphic blew us away so much we’ve asked him for 5 other graphics.
At first glance, Gualicho’s work likes like a zoo gone wrong, or maybe gone totally right. “I like to mix”, Gualicho notes, “and my artwork is a mix of different elements, which has a certain relationship to the laboratory; cities that are interconnected by organic and mechanical elements, crosses between plants and animals. I have a tendency to take things apart and look at them on the inside, to study their components, to see what they´re made of.”
The first to admit it, Gualicho says although he sees nothing particularly ‘Argentine’ in his work, he believes “there is something of a Latin spirit that is very much present.” In the end, Gualicho doesn’t shy away form ambition with his hodge-podge latino-style, “I like to construct worlds that constantly mutate; what I intend to reveal is the evolution of the universe and the natural world.”
Gualicho WUBA X-tra: Gualicho, Barfuss, Pablito is one of our oldest friends. We met him way back when he was the resident VJ for Modex and they played a party we threw at the Palacio Barolo. Since then we´ve only been a bigger fan with time. He´s got next months Zizek flyer too.
NASA* seems nonchalant when remarking on aesthetic ‘concepts’ as they relate to his work. “ I always develops aesthetic concepts, I love to create universes and put myself within them, until they bore me and then I begin with something else.” When asked about his relationship to any particular “Argentine” movement and whether he thinks he belongs, “The truth is I really don’t know, I do what I feel, that which comes to me intuitively. I believe that Argentine culture is a cocktail of cultures in which I feel very comfortable. Everything goes!” There’s one things NASA does seem to know for sure, quite simply “I can tell you that my work always looks towards the future.”
WUBA Nasa X-tra: Nasa exudes style and good vibes, and a sharp intellect for the scene. His boutique Love You might be the coolest street wear / art stuff joint in town. He designed some WUBA T-shirts that we turned into stickers.
Stay tuneado for part 2 soon.