“Silence of the Music” a block-party style presentation from Brazilian duo OSGEMEOS celebrating the spirit of the Hip Hop culture equipped with a turn table and sounds to bounce around to is showing at Lehmann Maupin.
“The Twins” the English translation for OSGEMEOS is the adopted alias for the self-taught identical twin brothers Otavio and Gustavo Pandolfo (OG). Their surrealist contemporary approach to art has earned them the admiration of art, music and fashion aficionados throughout the world, including Nike’s CEO, Mark Parker.
Silence of the Music presents an array of multidisciplinary works that include drawings, paintings, collages, mixed-media sculptures, and audio. All done in the maximalist style relevant to the current transition from minimalism the fashion world has been experiencing, thanks to new creative director at Gucci, Alessandro Michele. Like Michele, “OSGEMEOS seek to defy conventions and push boundaries in art and society through the unbridled exploration of the subconscious and imagination.” Their magical and dreamlike site specific installations are filled with vibrant colors, intricate patterns and settings, a surrealistic platform for their signature indiscriminate yellow characters who are purposely illustrated in yellow tone as a way to defy racial associations.
OSGEMEOS made their street art scene debut in the late 1980s, during the Golden Age of hip hop. An era where diversity, innovation and experimental approach paved way to a new crop of influential artists such as Run-DMC, Public Enemy, The Beastie Boys, De La Soul, A tribe Called Quest and MC Hammer. The groundbreaking evolution served as inspiration for OSGEMEOS. As oppose to following the Brazilian art movements of conceptual, minimalist and concrete art during that time, the duo favored the multi-dimensional approach from artists Arthur Bispo do Rosario , and Barry McGee .
“Silence of the Music combines folk art, pop culture, and urban detritus in order to offer an expansive impression of the artists’ unique artistic perspective and creative process.”
Can you feel it?
Photos By:Erica Genece
Showing till October 22, 2016
Lehmann Maupin 536 W 22nd Street
Open Tuesday-Saturday, 10AM-6PM