Os Gemeos: Graffiti on The Greenway
The Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston presents the first-ever solo exhibit in the United States for the graffiti heavyweights, Os Gemeos. The artistic duo, Octavio and Gustavo Pandolfo, a pair Brazilian-born identical twin brothers, have been covering their neighborhood streets of Sao Paulo and the entire globe with their work since the mid-1980’s.
Both the exterior of the Tate Modern in London and Stillwell Avenue in Coney Island have each served as previous canvases. Os Gemeos’ images weave their yellow-skinned characters, almost mythical in quality with both the vivid dreamscape of children and global HIP-HOP culture. Whether happened upon unexpectedly in the street or viewed within the deliberate scoop of gallery walls, the brothers’ work taps into a harmony of the fantastical and the everyday.
As part of the ICA show, Os Gemeos (translates from Portuguese as “the twins”) have created , The Giant of Boston, a large scale, and site-specific mural. The 70×70 foot temporary installation will be peering out from the Air Intake Structure in Dewey Square for the duration of the exhibit, now through November.