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 www.nosego.com

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 www.nosego.com

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 www.nosego.com

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 www.nosego.com

You can learn more about Nosego’s work at:

https://www.nosego.com/

https://www.instagram.com/nosego/?hl=es

 

 

Water Based Bombs

Mexico Celebrates the Republic of Estonia on the 100th anniversary of its independence.

Por Ricardo Quezada.

vabadus/libertad en Ejército Republicano y Av. 20 de noviembre. Letras Atole Parra, Golondrinas (izq/der): Calladitos, Abril Pegueros, Tania QUezada, Sermob, Victor López, Jonky, Moste, Goal, Renata Martínez.

Freedom today is called Vabadus. . Renata Martinez, Los Calladitos, Tania Quezada, Jonky, Víctor López, Sermob, Moste, Goal y Abril Pegueros of the team that participated in Mextonia along with the artist of Lettering Atole Parra, paid tribute to the Baltic nation with this piece that we warmly congratulate all Estonians in their day…

Izq/der: Renata Mtz, Goal, Moste/Lettering Atole Letras.

Left/right: Renata Mtz, Goal, Moste/Lettering Atole Letras.
The end of World War I and the Russian Civil War gave the Estonian forces the opportunity to declare their independence from Soviet Russia and the nobility of Livonia and Curland who formed the Baltische Landeswehr in 1918. Although Estonia would become a Socialist Soviet Republic during World War II, February 24 marks the ignition of its life as an independent nation.

The piece is composed of nine swallows made in the particular style of each artist, superimposed on the phrase Vadabus Liberty that Atole wrote within a sky blue field. For Estonians, the swallow is the national bird, symbolizing freedom and the ability to know the world without forgetting your home.

The Mural can be seen in the Republican Army corner with November 20 in Queretaro and has been recognized in Estonia as part of the gift that Mexico made to the Baltic nation.

Los Calladitos/ Lettering Atole Letras.
Abril Pegueros/Lettering Atole Letras.
Tania Quezada/Lettering Atole Letras.
Sermob/Lettering Atole Letras.
Víctor López/Lettering Atole Letras.
El Asombroso Jonky/Lettering Atole Letras.
Moste/
Goal
Renata Mtz.arte/Lettering Atole Letras.

PYou can read the article in the Estonian daily paper Postimees Aquí.

UJoining Cultures Through Color, Nueve Arte Urbano and  Mextonia Festival.

Transgrafiti

MANIFIESTO MURALISTA TRANSGRAFITERO

Inspirado parcialmente en dos manifiestos redactados por Siqueiros, y firmados en su primera versión por Rivera y Orozco entre otros, el primero publicado en México en la revista “El Machete” de junio de 1924 y el segundo en Buenos Aires, en el diario “Crítica” de junio de 1933.

 

Artistas, escritores de graffiti, productores, gobiernos y ciudadanos: Estamos trabajando en todo el mundo para impulsar un movimiento de la plástica monumental para las calles y las urbes, creando piezas simbólicas de gran formato en los espacios comunitarios donde conc

urre el tráfico del público, haciendo de ellas un elemento de catalización cultural, hacia la felicidad.

 

 

Definimos Cultura como el entramado de significados y símbolos que conecta a los individuos entre sí y en sociedad. En consecuencia damos al muralismo transgrafitero el propósito de catalizar la cultura, mediante el arte urbano, hacia el bienestar colectivo, la prosperidad, la paz y la felicidad; misma que definimos como “el deseo de sonreír”. Abogamos por la integración de las distintas culturas, micro-culturas, etnias e individualidades, en un enjambre humano de composición fractal y sabiduría intercultural, reconociendo su capacidad natural para auto organizarse, entre el orden y el caos.

Buscamos que cada acto creativo, en cada proyecto, cumpla siempre con cuatro resultados simultáneos: ambientales, sociales, culturales y económicos. Participamos al aprendiz en cada paso del proceso creativo, ligando experiencia con enseñanza teórica. Integramos al artista individual a procedimientos colectivos, a la inteligencia de enjambre y a la organización fractal. Aprovechamos cualquier avance tecnológico, empleando materiales y herramientas contemporáneos, para llevar el poder de símbolo cultural al arte urbano: de la mente colectiva al muro y de ahí al mundo digital, para alcanzar públicos globales. Usamos la realidad virtual y la inteligencia artificial a fin de explorar los nuevos linderos de la experiencia humana, pero siempre ligando la obra ultramoderna con las tradiciones étnicas ancestrales y los ideales sociales. Actuamos para fortalecer la salud de nuestros ecosistemas promoviendo la consciencia de unidad y respeto por la Naturaleza. Nos sostenemos autónomos mediante el emprendedurismo social y el respeto por la ley.

 Comprendemos que la creatividad tiene un propósito, que en salud se alinea con el propósito de la vida, hacia el bienestar individual y colectivo. En el mundo de hoy existen millones de jóvenes que se expresan mediante la pintura, creando y escribiendo en muros, desarrollando talentos y visiones, influyendo en la sociedad mediante el símbolo, la audacia y el respeto a convicciones propias. Comienzan escribiendo su nombre para identificarse con su espacio y les llamamos grafiteros. Crecen, acumulan conocimiento, emprenden un camino transpersonal que los inspira al cambio, a pintar metáforas, a transfronterizarse, y les llamamos ahora transgrafiteros. Descubren que su creación, personal o transpersonal, influye en la calle y en la cultura barrial. Se vuelven un trasunto urbano del chamán; produciendo sortilegios callejeros. Son potencialmente los líderes culturales del barrio. Este enjambre de jóvenes, jamás imaginado por Siqueiros, es hoy la encarnación del propósito de la creatividad plástica: crear un mundo mejor.  Esto es Transgrafiti.