Monday, 2 May 2011

book review #4

Brazilian street artist Stephan Doitschinoff, also known as CALMA, creates such an instantly recognisable style, which is so thick with religious symbolism and spiritual content, that you'd have to have something wrong with you if you weren't completely drawn in after your first look.

Doitschinoff was raised in the church, in a Christian fundamentalist family. with his father being a minister in an Evangelical church, it's only natural that his upbringing is absorbed into his paintings and murals. even though i keep well away from religion on a whole, Calma's style (and the perfectly weathered texture of his work) have me flicking back and forth through this book for hours on end, wanting to know more.

i think the beauty of his work is that i do want to know more about what it all means, but at the same time i can stare oar-struck at the images and colours for so long with out even thinking or caring about what the meaning might be. it could mean Graham Clark is a cunt, but when the imagery is so powerful and brilliant, it really doesn't matter what the message might be. that's what good art is to me.

this book has a Q+A section with the artist, a great look into his past and his journeys, a mix of his black and white (and colourful) paintings, and an incredible selection of his murals in Sao Paulo when he revisited in 2005-08. these are insane (insanely good); the decayed facades of the buildings completely compliment the artistry, which in turn, perfectly reflects the community.