Art as a collection of moments, Nosego’s proposal

By Chema Noriega.

What does it mean to be an artist today? What is art in 2018? As in everything else, history has shown us that the conception of art and the artistic has evolved between periods and societies. From cave paintings in caves around the world, they gave way to artistic manifestations that told the story of great civilizations from China to Mesoamerica, through the elitist art of European monarchies and the Renaissance, to the avant-garde of the 20th century, which diversified and democratised the world’s artistic scene, setting the stage for all the disciplines, techniques and means of artistic expression that we now classify or attempt to classify as art.

What is it that makes all these forms, rites, strokes, experiences, stains and sounds come together under one word? To tell the truth, I think we will never know and, more than approaching a consensus, the debate on the definition of the artistic is constantly expanding, hand in hand with the evolution of the media with which an artistic piece can be created and the spaces in which it can be exhibited or distributed.

House of Hayes. Mural by Nosego at Philadelphia, PA. Via

In these times of ambiguity or plurality, depending on the lens with which one looks, it is common to question the artist about whether his work is artistic or not. And if a work is not art, then what is it? “It is what it is. I don’t think it’s anything unique or different. I’m just being myself,” says Yis Goodwin, better known as Nosego, in an interview with The Hufftington Post when asked why his art is not art. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Nosego is a multidisciplinary contemporary artist who embraces urban art as one of the many platforms on which his work reaches the public.

This philosophy that removes labels from the forms of expression and breaks down the barriers that limit creativity, is the one that allows Nosego to inspire people with messages translated into fantastic creatures that fuse with urban life and impact people’s imaginations in the blink of an eye. After being rejected by different institutions to exhibit and further develop his work, Goodwin saw in the refusal the perfect excuse to emancipate himself from the bureaucracy that usually obscures art, to take his work to the spaces where it could really have an effect on people: the street.

Mural by Nosego in collaboration with Forrest For The Trees NW. Portland, OR. Via

In Nosego’s compositions different elements converge that give life to dream beings, composed of figures and characters that emanate from his imagination. According to Goodwin himself, these assemblages have their origin in childhood, when the uneven compositions that could arise at the moment of joining one toy with another evoked in him a new possibility to create and play. Now that same style of voluminous patterns and vibrant textures, which form characters converted into living ecosystems, has its origin in the conception of life as a set of moments, memories and lessons that structure our identity, a whole that represents us with our different nuances and defines us as people.

Mural by Nosego in collaboration with Branded Arts and Thinkspace Gallery. Culver City, Los Angeles, CA. Via

For Nosego, life is a collection of small moments that together tell a great story, with this slogan he wants his art to take him to places where he can connect with different people and communities, always attracted by the mystery of not knowing what his next destination will be. With the arrival of spring in the city of Querétaro, the imagination of Nosego will also come to participate in the international festival SeaWalls: Water is One to be held from March 27 to April 15, 2018. Water is One, is a collaboration of Nueve Arte Urbano and the Pangeaseed Foundation, in conjunction with different private and governmental institutions, which aim to increase awareness of the global crisis surrounding the vital liquid, through the possibilities offered by urban art and muralism. Nosego will join a multicultural group of artists who, with sprays and brushes in hand, will translate the history and problems of water into visual narratives that connect with society, while contributing to the change in mentality that the current water situation on our planet demands.

Unknown Elements. Mural by Nosego in collaboration with Curiot and Branded Arts. Via

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Murals for the Earth, a gift from Jason Botkin

By Chema Noriega.

We arrive to March 2018 and the spring already begins to feel in Queretaro, with high temperatures and suns worthy of the warmest summer afternoon.  A very different reality from Montreal, Canada where, to this day, the snowfall leaves layers of 20 centimeters of water in the process of melting. The most basic reading would say that climate change is a myth and that the fact that snow continues to fall and accumulate on cars, sidewalks and roads today is only a symptom that temperatures are stable and that the Earth does not suffer the ravages of human activity.

Mural by Jason Botkin at SeaWalls:Toronto. Photo by Yoshi Travel.

The truth is that the Earth is a dynamic entity and its more than 4.5 billion years of history have shown that our planet is in a changing state and that everything that happens on it directly affects that process. Our era has given us different utopias regarding life on Earth in the coming years, but the ability to understand that fatalistic discourses about the environment can be eradicated if we change our mentality is a constant challenge for the societies of the world.

Mural by Jason Botkin at SeaWalls:Toronto. Photo by Yoshi Travel.

Back in Montreal, the city that is eagerly awaiting the end of an outdated winter, is Jason Botkin, an artist and producer whose work explores the possibilities of unconventional art to inspire society to radically change its way of thinking,”by stimulating greater awareness of relevant cultural, environmental, sociological and political issues. Throughout his career, Jason has collaborated in the production of more than 200 murals around the world since 2009, and has participated in solo and group exhibitions in Canada, the United States and various European countries. In addition to Botkin’s extensive portfolio, he co-created and directed the EN MASSE project, which aims to explore the spontaneous creation of large format black and white drawings and public installations.

Jason Botkin. Photo by Yoshi Travel.

Within his international collaborations, Jason also serves as regional project coordinator for the Pangeaseed Foundation in Canada. The issues directly involved in global warming, especially those that affect the Earth’s water bodies, are often too complex, limiting the actions that people can take to help reduce them. Pangeaseed, through its public art program SeaWalls: Artists for Oceans, aims to raise awareness about ocean conservation by creating large-format visual stories that interact with society and change people’s mindsets about the vital liquid and its ecosystems.

Mural by Jason Botkin at SeaWalls:Toronto. Photo by Yoshi Travel.

Jason Botkin will be present at the SeaWalls: Water Is One international festival, a new edition of the PangeaSeed program to be held at the Manuel Gomez Morin Educational and Cultural Center of the State of Queretaro, from March 27 to April 15, 2018. Botkin, together with a multicultural group of artists committed to water conservation, will accompany Queretaro’s spring with pints that, rather than beautifying the city’s urban landscape, aim to create visual metaphors that will impact the mentality of the spectators, in the hope that these messages will be translated into actions that will allow them to recover the balance between the Earth’s blue ecosystems.

Mural by Jason Botkin at SeaWalls: San Diego. Photo by Yoshi Travel.

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What does Curiot Tlapazotl dream?

By Ricardo Quezada.

Lying and on the brink of death, a senseless creature surrounded him and began to utter foolish words, soon more beasts of fierce colors and impossible shapes joined in; a serpent with crow’s feet, a donkey with wings and a tongue of fire, a coyote with sparrowhawks’ wings, spotted lizards with lion’s claws and horns, and so several more who in multitude joined voices and began to sing a single song that Peter’s mortal ears gradually understood: abje, al, albrej, Lebrija, lebrije, alebrija, alebrije, alebrije, alebrije… horrified and stunned Peter ran with all his might and when the lungs began to burn and the heart started to explode instead of beat, he staggered and with his fall the spirit returned to his body.

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He drew air as he had not since birth and awoke from his dismal sleep.  He was surrounded by his family, the burst ulcer had him very badly and yet he got up and tried to explain what he had found in the world of dreams. The words were not enough, they clumped together in his mouth and seemed to make no sense to the ears of those around him. Peter had an idea, took his working materials and spoke through the cardboard, thus releasing the first alebrije.

This happened many years ago in Oaxaca, but the national soil has the characteristic of being very fertile in creators. Now, when we visit the streets of Mexico, it is increasingly common to see artistic compositions reclaiming concrete walls by filling them with the tones of a particular artist. Within the Mexican urban art scene, one of the most prolific and interesting artists without a doubt is Curiot Tlapazotl whose work inevitably reminds me of the story of Pedro and makes me wonder what Curiot dreams of.

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Native of Sahuayo Michoachán, also home to the Trino’s zombies and the  tlahualiles, Favio Martinez, better known as Curiot, develops his works on the threshold of the oneiric and the real, between the pop and the surreal, developing to each stroke beasts charged with Mexican folklore in an adoption and symbolic reinterpretation unique and fascinating that, among other motivations, seek to infect viewers with the desire for creation, as a highly positive creative bacterium that counteracts and provides an emotion to contemporary citizens, zombified and

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Settling for much of his life in Costa Mesa, United States, during the golden age of skateboarding, Curiot developed an affinity for drawing that quickly turned into love and returned to Mexico at the age of 19 to enter the Fine Arts faculty at the Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo where he began to develop his style, sometimes decomposed, sometimes fine, sometimes beastly, and sometimes delicate or intriguing, denotes the freedom he has managed to conquer in each stroke by tasting a personal style reminiscent of a remix among the bestiaries of Aloys Zötl with influences of the skate decks, the creatures of Mexican folklore, the dance of  tlahualiles and some strokes of Carrigton.

Freedom is a dream and in the present day it seems that living from art is also a dream, but beyond recognition or success, Curiot’s work is one of the few discourses where it is clear that he lives in his art, under this scheme it is undeniable that Curiot shares a fragment of himself in each of his”cute” and curious” creatures, reaching from it an evocative capacity that immediately transports us to the dream world, where ideas flourish from the ashes, where the tlahualiles are monumental creatures that escape from the canvases and the animals fuse with their surroundings and delicately escape from the walls to steal an emotion from people to fight the abominable grey of the cities, to give us a little bit of dreams, a little something to remember.

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Stretched out and on the verge of death, humanity rests in their homes, their cities or their streets, around them creatures made of air, earth, water, fire, leaves, animals and flowers abound in the world of dreams. To the imagination, their shapes become impossible to describe and it is not until the Curiot’s hand releases them with spray or brushes on a blank canvas of cloth or brick and they take possession of the space away from the dead and mundane, or at least that’s what Curiot Tlapazotl seems to dream.

The Creatures of Curiot Tlapazotl will be present in Querétaro during the Festival of Nine Urban Art Seawalls Water is One, from March 27 to April 17, 2018 in Querétaro.

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Visual Madness with Demencia Beivide

By Chema Noriega.

Where does inspiration come from? The human being, by nature, lives in a constant internal struggle to reinvent himself; art, in all its aspects, is presented as the ideal means to enter catharsis. Although artistic manifestations come unannounced, we humans are often forced to confront the innermost spaces of our subconscious – as intimidating as this may be – so that, through observation and questioning, we can find that spark that ignites our emotions and clarifies our ideas, allowing us to turn them into tangible means that interact with other people.

Since 2009, Lilian Muñoz, better known as Demencia Beivide, explores the need to confront ourselves to find peace and fulfillment, embracing”madness as the character we all evade being”. With a style of complex graphics and voluminous textures, the technique of Dementia has evolved, adopting the line as the characteristic component of his works, which he”delimits and at the same time creates”. Through the exploration of the human form and its relationship with the environment in which we find ourselves today, Dementia explores the limits of madness, to abstract the most organic from the mind. The colours and textures present in his work evoke a permanent dialogue between man and nature through time. Trained as a graphic designer by the Universidad del Valle de México in the city of Querétaro, Lilian is constantly learning new techniques in workshops given by different artists.

FRIDA & CATRINA 2015 . Girona, SPAIN. Via Facebook Demencia Beivide ARTE.

As a multidisciplinary artist she has participated in urban art and industrial design projects, as well as different artistic applications such as illustration and ceramics, inviting her viewers to reflect on themes such as identity and time. Among her most characteristic works are the ceramic skulls, or as she calls them,”crazy flowerpots”, which, in addition to serving as life support for any type of plant, are inspired by the Aztec culture where the skull represented a symbol of eternity and resurrection. Demencia creates this skull-shaped work to reinforce and spread pre-Hispanic symbolism,”personalizing lives with Mexican design and folklore. Thus Lilian demonstrates that art should not be limited by the medium in which it is transmitted, since, as Dementia herself mentions on her website, she paints on any surface.

Maceteros Dementes. Vía Facebook Demencia Beivide ARTE.

Demencia Beivide has become a renowned plastic artist in the national scene participating in events such as the 20th Anniversary of the Museum of the City of Queretaro, the International Jazz Festival of San Miguel de Allende and the fair URVANITY ART 2018 in the Spa Gallery of Madrid. This year he will join the group of national and international artists that will be part of the international festival SeaWalls: Water Is One, a new edition of the SeaWalls: Artists for Oceans program produced by Nueve Arte Urbano and the PangeaSeed Foundation, to be held from March 27 to April 15 of this year in the city of Queretaro.

Railway Museum, San Marcos Fair Aguascalientes. Special guest Queretaro Vía Facebook Demencia Beivide ARTE.

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Aaron Glasson, the interdimensional traveler.

By Ricardo Quezada.

Aaron Glasson en Mextonia PC: YoshiTravel

They say that the fluttering of a butterfly is enough to cause a hurricane on the other side of the ocean, this idea coming from the chaos theory is frightening and irremediably beautiful. Within the complexity and grandeur of the universe, we as humanity are a particle within an immensity but, as they draw ever closer to the earth, these small particles begin to acquire a fundamental role as butterflies flapping at the same time.

Everything we do and stop doing has a huge impact on the place where we develop and therefore in the short or long term will have a huge impact on the whole planet and therefore on humanity. In our time, transcending separation is one of the fundamental missions for anyone who wants to understand its role in the world and in nature; for artists like Aaron Glasson, this understanding is manifested in each of his actions and above all in his particular way of seeing the world through each of his works…

Aaron Glasson en Mextonia PC: YoshiTravel

Born in New Zealand, Aaron’s studio work and installations have been exhibited around the world, in places such as the MOTAT and Spoke Art Gallery; in magazines such as Juxtapoz and HI Fructose; in festival walls such as Sea Walls by Pangea Seed Foundation, of which he is also creative director; and in Mextonia, produced in Tallinn by Nueve Arte Urbano.

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Characterized by a vibrant style and in deep contact with nature, Aaron Glasson’s artivism takes up the most essential aspects of the human spirit and ennobles them by interacting it with its environment, creating pieces that highlight the ethnic, cultural and endemic qualities of a region, developing a sincere and cataclysmic discourse of what is to come if we do not change the way we do things, portraying what is to come if we do not change the way we do things.

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Beyond the works of art, the best way to know the perception of an artist is through his raw works, which are developed in a direct way, without trial and without corrections, in this sense, the sketches of Aaron Glasson tell the story of a person who is not only in contact with nature, but with his spirituality and his humanity, being the harmony between all the above, a quality that allows him to find inspiration throughout the world around him and take action in the form of different manifestations: from sketching to the wall, easel, installation or video; changing the universe from its small trench as a revolting particle whose reach and impact are unlimited.


Artivism of Aaron Glasson will be present in Querétaro during the Seawalls Urban Art Festival of Nine Seawalls Water is One, from March 27 to April 17,2018 in Querétaro.

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Video: Women of Kihnu by Yoshi Travel