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Taking It To The Streets: Pixel in Santiago

Pixel "Vincent Pixel Remix" (2014) 320 x 180 cm After "Self Portait" Vincent van Gogh (1889)

Pixel “Vincent Pixel Remix” (2014) 320 x 180 cm After “Self Portait” Vincent van Gogh (1889)

Move over, Invader. There’s a new kid in Santiago, Chile who is taking mosaic street art to a whole new level. Exploring the intersection of art and technology, Jorge Campos, who likes to be known as Pixel, shares his  images of cultural heroes and  riffs on art icons with the people of Santiago where they live – in their own neighborhoods.

Here is what the artist has to say about himself:

Pixel is an artist from Santiago, Chile, who started his design career when it was still hard to think that visual design will evolve towards technologies, as it prevails today.  Today, the use of technology is not only an obligation, but a responsibility, as it allows us to record our history and improve our design and artistic tools.

 

Pixel-Art "Eye Tracking" (2013) 150 x 150 cm

Pixel “Eye Tracking” (2013) 150 x 150 cm

Street art has been a main inspiration in Pixel’s artistic development. For two years, he worked in Paris taking photos of the explosive art found on the streets, capturing works by great artists like Blek Le Rat, Jef Aérosol, Miss. Tic, Lézarts Biévre.  More from the artist:

In Paris, he learned firsthand of the work of Space Invader who inspired him to research pixel and mosaic techniques. Subsequently, he studied the religious and decorative mosaics of Mesopotamia, Greece and Byzantium. He began to explore the use of the pixel to create simplified images that synthesized color and form to its limit. Now, he has reached a cohesion between photography, mosaic, and dominant technological tools to create his own signature technique.

Pixel-Art "Tribute to Nicanor Parra" (2014) 150 x 200 cm.  Photo via www.platformaurbana.cl

Pixel “Tribute to Nicanor Parra Remix” (2014) 150 x 200 cm. After a portrait by Jean Franco Castro.  Parra is a Chilean poet, mathematician and physicist. Photo via www.platformaurbana.cl

Today, the artist is on a mission to make art easily accessible to the people of Santiago. He calls his installations “interventions” and believes that his mosaic images will inspire people to become engaged with art. And it appears to be working.

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We asked the artist what the reaction has been to the mosaics:

At first, people think they are facing a painting. Approaching and touching, they realize they are in fact facing a mosaic. Then, they wonder if it was really hand made.  They also play with distance to appreciate the work in detail, take photos, and when the image is revealed perfect and detailed on the small screens of their smartphones, they fall for it!

Pixel "M-Maybe After Lichtenstein" (2014) 80 x 80 cm

Pixel “M-Maybe Remix Lichtenstein” (2014) 80 x 80 cm  After Roy Lichtenstein “M-Maybe” (1965)

All of Pixel’s interventions include a plaque with a QR code that will take the viewer to his online portfolio. There, people can see how he makes the mosaics and find other works of his across the city.

Pixel-Art "Mirada Alucinada" 2013 320 x 130 cm.. After Phillip Hasman portrait of Salvador Dali

Pixel “Mirada Alucinada” 2013 320 x 130 cm. After Phillip Hasman portrait of Salvador Dali

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Pixel "Tribute to Neruda" (2014) 194 x 210 cm

Pixel “Tribute to Neruda” (2014) 194 x 210 cm.

Pixel "Game Over" (2013) 150 x 150 cm.

Pixel “Game Over” (2013) 150 x 150 cm.

Jorge Campos

Jorge Campos “Pixel”

We like Jorge Campos and what he is doing on the streets of Santiago. Bravo!

Enjoy – Nancie

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BAMM’s Mosaic of the Year 2014: Tessa Hunkin & the Hackney Mosaic Project Change A Community With Art

The Romans would have approved.

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The British Association for Modern Mosaic (BAMM) recently announced that Tessa Hunkin and The Hackney Mosaic Project have received the Mosaic of the Year Award for a stunning body of work that encompasses two public installations in London; Shepherdess Walk and Hoxton Varieties.

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"Shepherdess Walk" Full view with all panels and pavements  Photo:  Lillian Sizemore

“Shepherdess Walk” Full view with all panels and pavements   Commissioned by Hackney Council    Photo: Lillian Sizemore

Shepherdess Walk detail    Photo courtesy Lillian Sizemore

Shepherdess Walk detail Photo courtesy Lillian Sizemore

"Hoxton Varieties" (2012) Tessa Hunkin & The Hackney Mosaic Project  Photo courtesy of the artist

“Hoxton Varieties” (2014) Tessa Hunkin & The Hackney Mosaic Project  Commissioned by Sainsbury’s     Photo courtesy of the artist

"Hoxton Varieties" Detail  Photo courtesy Spitalfieldslife.com

“Hoxton Varieties” Detail Photo courtesy Spitalfieldslife.com

The Jury, which consisted of Dr. Will Wooten, Lecturer in Roman Art at Kings College, Norma Vondee, President of BAMM, and your editor, was in total unison in the decision to shine a a spotlight on a series of works that are not only visually brilliant – they have changed lives.

Dr. Wooten:  A Tour de force in the continued refinement of a modern visual vocabulary for figurative mosaic art.

Tessa Hunkin & The Hackney Mosaic Project "Shepherdess Walk: Autumn Winter" (2012)

Tessa Hunkin & The Hackney Mosaic Project “Shepherdess Walk: Autumn Winter” (2012)     Photo courtesy of the artist

Norma Vondee:  Evergreen mosaic master at her height; relentless clarification, determination, curiosity, finish and humanity.

Photo courtesy Spitalfieldslife.com

Photo courtesy Spitalfieldslife.com

"Shepherdess Walk" Detail  Photo courtesy Lillian Sizemore

“Shepherdess Walk” Detail Photo courtesy Lillian Sizemore

Nancie Mills Pipgras:  Brilliant modernization of an ancient aesthetic.  Clear, concise, joy-filled imagery made by volunteers.  Art that has changed a neighborhood.

Hunkin, an accomplished mosaic maker and author, acted as the designer of the projects, a role the Romans called the pictor imaginarius.  Her love and appreciation for the critical design components of ancient mosaics has created a lively, modern aesthetic that delights and resonates. Hunkin’s Hoxton pups are the obvious direct descendants of the hounds of the 1st Century AD.

"Hoxton Varieites" Detail  Photo courtesy of the artist

“Hoxton Varieites” Detail Photo courtesy of the artist

Hare Hunting 1st Century AD

Hare Hunting 1st Century AD   Photo via Wikipedia

Equally impressive to the jurors was the fact that these mosaics were all made by volunteers. The Hackney Mosaic Project is comprised of local community members and clients of Lifeline, an organization devoted to helping people recover from drug and alcohol addiction.  These are mosaics made by the people for the people – and they are of astonishing quality.

Photo courtesy of the artist

Photo courtesy of the artist

"Shepherdess Walk" Detail  Photo courtesy Lillian Sizemore

“Shepherdess Walk” Detail Photo courtesy Lillian Sizemore

 

Photo courtesy of the artist

Photo courtesy of the artist

Photo courtesy of the artist

Photo courtesy of the artist

"Hoxton Varieties" Detail  Photo courtesy Spitalfieldslife.com

“Hoxton Varieties” Detail Photo courtesy Spitalfieldslife.com

Signatures of the makers are always included prominently in the design of the mosaics.

Photo courtesy Lillian Sizemore

Photo courtesy Lillian Sizemore

Just this week, Hunkin and The Hackney Mosaic Project unveiled their most recent accomplishment – The Hackney Downs Park Pavilion. British comedian Russell Brand positively nails the spirit of the project in this impromptu dedication.

The open-air theater is a mosaic menagerie with charming bugs and beasties of all shapes and sizes.

Hackney Downs Park Theater    Photo courtesy Norma Vondee

Hackney Downs Park Theater Photo courtesy Norma Vondee

Photo courtesy Spitalfieldslife.com

Photo courtesy Spitalfieldslife.com

Photo courtesy Spitalfieldslife.com

Photo courtesy Spitalfieldslife.com

Tessa Hunkin   Photo courtesy Spitalfieldslife.com

Tessa Hunkin     Photo courtesy Spitalfieldslife.com

Another joyous, welcoming environment by Tessa Hunkin and The Hackney Mosaic Project has been added to the London landscape – thanks in great part to the Hackney Council which has funded and promoted the projects. What lackluster space will these mighty mosaic collaborators transform next?

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LOCATIONS

  • Shepherdess Walk  Shepherdess Walk, London N1 7JN (Northeast Corner)
  • Hoxton Varieties – Sainsbury’s Local Store, 245 Old Street EC1V 9EY (Corner of Pitfield St)
  • Hackney Downs Park

 

 

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Comprehensive Article on Isidora Paz López and the Mosaics of Puente Alto

On 08, Apr 2014 | No Comments | In Art, Et cetera, Featured | By Nancie

We were honored when the editors of Andamento, the journal of the British Association for Modern Mosaic (BAMM), asked us to write a comprehensive article covering the magnificent achievement of Isidora Paz Lopez and her team in creating the mosaic murals of Puente Alto, Chile.  With over 30 photographs, the article covers the history, inspiration and methodology of the project as well as the impact the mosaics have had on the citizens of this suburb of Santiago.  It is free for you to read right here.

You can read the article by clicking on the link above, but we strongly urge you to purchase a copy of the publication to see all of the Puente Alto illustrations and to get all of the great content the publication has to offer mosaic lovers. Additional articles include:

Dissolving Into Light: The Creative Journey of Elaine M. Goodwin – Elaine M. Goodwin talking to Ilona Jesnick about how the internationally recognized artist was inspired by working with Nek Chand and transformed by an experience in the Basilica of San Vitale.  Illuminating.

Mosaics by Elaine M. Goodwin

Mosaics by Elaine M. Goodwin

Tygers Burning Bright – Gregory Edwards looks in depth at two mosaic cycles in London devoted to the work of the writer William Blake; the first a 1920s series by Boris Anrep (a personal favorite) and the second an undertaking of the artists and volunteers of the splendid Southbank Mosaics. Really great reading.

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Mosaics by Boris Anrep at Tate Britain illustrating “Proverbs of Hell”

Mosaic by "Project Blake" Southbank Mosaics

Mosaic by “Project Blake” Southbank Mosaics

Hodie Mecum Eris In Paradiso – Victorian Arts and Crafts historian Neil Moat has made a marvelous discovery; the origins of the decorative motifs later to be associated with Continental Art Nouveau in the mosaics by Messrs. Rust & Co’s mosaics at St. George’s Church. Fascinating history and beautiful photos.

Messers. Rust & Co mosaic pavements in St. George's church, Jesmond

Messers. Rust & Co mosaic pavements in St. George’s church, Jesmond

This issue of Andamento is truly wonderful.  Now, go buy one!

 

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