i see cities as live beings

fine art photography

a minimalistic dreamlike aesthetic is the objective of gustavo as an artist, consequently this is present on his photography. the images has no edits and no postproduction, they are pure and exists only in black and white, one time that the camera is always set as monochrome.

 

architecture

series: poezja - poland - 2017

"Poezja" in english means poetry and the meaning of this word is "a very beautiful or emotional quality". Sometimes a poet is able to resignify an word meaning by the way he uses it and metaphorically this is exactly the goal within these images, to resignify poetically the hard concrete shapes that are spread allover human architectures

 

Six of them were made in different polish cities and one of them in Lyon, France. They were made during may of 2017 and these images has no edits and not any post productions. (Definition of poetry from the Cambridge dictionary)

 

1 “poezja" - poetry; 2 “rozpęd” - momentum; 3 “śnić” - dreaming; 4 “skorupa” - shell; 5 “drzwi” - door; 6 “nic” - nothing;  7 “falowanie” - undulation

 

they exists only on fineart prints at hahnemühle foto rag® 308gsm and they are limited to 11 prints distributed on 4 different sizes.

 

sizes and numbering

30x45cm : 5 + 1AP

40x60cm : 2 + 1AP

60x90cm : 2 + 1AP

70x105cm : 1 + 1AP

90x135cm : 1 + 1AP

all copies comes assigned by the artist and accompanied by their certificate

series: oscuridade - rio grande do sul - brazil - 2017

this series tells the story about an addiction.

 

the word “oscuridade” is a portuguese neologism that reminds the word “escuridão” which in english means darkness. and this is exactly what this images are about, the sensation of seeing the untouchable light of happiness ahead, but the true is that you are still in the dark room of the addiction, trying to find a way to reach that light

 

this work is unfinished still, but this tree images are already available for sale

 

they exists only on fineart prints at hahnemühle foto rag® 308gsm and they are limited to 15 prints distributed on 5 different sizes. all copies comes assigned by the artist and accompanied by their certificate

 

 

sizes and numbering

30x45cm : 5 + 1AP

40x60cm : 4 + 1AP

60x90cm : 3 + 1AP

70x105cm : 2 + 1AP

90x135cm : 1 + 1AP

series: tepongocetunas - spain 2016

the name of this series is a neologism that respect the spanish language. the idea was born on a restaurant in a touristic small city of sierra nevada, spain. an waiter with a lot of personality was always repeating the same phrase "si quieres aceitunas, te pongo aceitunas” which in english means: if you want olives I bring you olives. this spanish words stayed on the artist's mind during all the trip and the pot of olives was a conglomaerated of the spice, forming an strange geometry made of repetitions. this explain the name of this group of images that consists in the capturing of strange minimalistic geometric repetitions that were found on the spanish architecture details

 

they exists only on fineart prints at hahnemühle foto rag® 308gsm and they are limited to 17 prints distributed on 5 different sizes. all copies comes assigned by the artist and accompanied by their certificate

 

 

sizes and numbering

30x45cm : 5 + 1AP

40x60cm : 4 + 1AP

60x90cm : 4 + 1AP

70x105cm : 3 + 1AP

90x135cm : 1 + 1AP

series: hankyu - japan 2016

Hankyu lines is the railway network composed by 3 groups o lines: the Kobe Lines, the Takarazuka Lines and the Kyoto Lines. This railway chain is very traditional in Japan and it provides commuter and interurban service to the northern Kansai region (Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe, Takarazuka and more).

 

This photographic series was not made only on this region, but all over Japan during the summer of 2016. The idea came after the artist realize how Japanese contemporary architecture are full of visible lines, some times external to the buildings and some times drawing wall textures. The images are an attempt of registering such lines and it’s composed by 9 images.

 

Not any edits or postproductions were used to reach the photographies aesthetic.

 

sizes and numbering

30x45cm : 5 + 1AP

40x60cm : 4 + 1AP

60x90cm : 4 + 1AP

70x105cm : 3 + 1AP

90x135cm : 1 + 1AP

series: gesundlisch - berlin 2016

sizes and numbering

30x45cm : 6 + 1AP

40x60cm : 3 + 1AP

60x90cm : 3 + 1AP

70x105cm : 2 + 1AP

90x135cm : 1 + 1AP

series: o céu não pertence a ninguém - brazil 2016

sizes and numbering

60x90cm : 2 + 1AP

90x135cm : 1 + 1AP

people

series: camouflage - bahia  - brazil - 2017

the idea for this series was born after the observation of a "maria-farinha"  (a very common beige and yellow crab in brazil)  camouflaged on it. it was a mesmerizing vision by its simplicity. following this aesthetic the artist decided to photograph nude humans camouflaged on the natural environment.

 

all these images were made on bahia - brazil during december of 2016 and January of 2017.

 

they exists only on fineart prints at hahnemühle foto rag® 308gsm and they are limited to 11 prints distributed on 5 different sizes. all copies comes assigned by the artist and accompanied by their certificate.

 

sizes and numbering

30x45cm : 5 + 1AP

40x60cm : 2 + 1AP

60x90cm : 2 + 1AP

70x105cm : 1 + 1AP

90x135cm : 1 + 1AP

 

public art

the minimalistic dreamlike aesthetic is still present on arts for public places, but the target here is going further on artist's concept of seeing cities as alive beings. the attempting to develop a language between the city and the people that lives on it.

obocobovos sculptures - rio de janeiro - brazil - 2017

can you imagine a city as an alive thing, trying to communicate with the humans that lives in it? this creature do not have the same communication system as us, consequently, speaking human language would not be an option. this artwork supposes an attempt from rio de janeiro to send a simple message to their population: “you are important for me”. to people from rio de janeiro the body appearance is an important thing, this is a well known characteristic and sometimes it is criticized as a superficial concern. on this supposition, the city knows that.  so it chosen to use some mirrored geometrical formations, that would come from under the earth and appear in the middle of the beach on a very popular day, just to give a strange mirror to the beach users.

 

these artwork consists on three mirrored pyramidal shape sculptures, made with stainless steel that were exposed in the sands of ipanema beach in rio de janeiro, brazil. the sculptures were there before the first sunlight, at 5:50 am of the day 25th of march of 2017. the artist took some pictures of it and after that, stayed on the beach disguised as a normal beach user and left a hidden camera on a tripod, just to tape the way people would interact with the strange objects.

 

obocobovos is the plural form of a neologism that Gustavo created to describe these kind of pyramids that consist on a irregularly sectioned pyramidal solids with squared triangle bases.

 

their sizes from the taller to the smaller are 1.83m, 0.96m, 0.67m.

 

indoor installations

mixed techniques and media are used to produce the installations.  the search for new materials is constant. usually the action is taped and some murals has qr codes pasted on them which leads to videos contemplating the how it's made.

 

artworks that wore taped are accompanied by their respective videos.

installation: verschwinden - particular client 2017

verschwinden in german means disappear and this is the name of the picture made in berlin, from the iron mesh of audi zentrum disappearing on the horizon.

 

 the artist chosen this image to compose this client’s house and the “collaging canvas” was a blend of the wall and the furniture in the room. the signature was made using the stencil technique.

 

verschwinden, Indoor mural, high quality wall paper and stencil over wall and furniture, 9,5m2, 2017. wall for a particular client in rio de naneiro, brazil

 

installation: tepongocetunas - morar mais por menos 2016

tepongocetunas is an installation made with a photography printed on adhesive and pasted over a mixed canvas. in this case an wall and a glass door.  all the space is studied and measured before the beginning of the collage project. the idea of what image or images to use comes after drawings and observations of the place. showing the collage in complex canvas make it looks like more organic and this is the objective of the artist. To show it as something that just grew there. if you analyses, our cities grows like this, like an alive organism.

 

tepongocetunas, Indoor mural, adhesive on wall and glass door, 9m2, 2016. wall for the “morar mais por menos” exhibition that happened at 2016 in rio de janeiro, brazil

installation: ximbogo - pérolas do calouste - 2016

in 2016 gustavo was requested by jac carrara, marcio lan bittencourt and eliane ferreira to participate on a exhibition called "pérolas do calouste". pérolas means pearls in portuguese and the main idea of the exhibition was to present sculptures, and furnitures made with wood brought back to the seashore by the sea. they  asked for an wall which could illustrate this idea.  the used image was made in 2015, in bahia, brazil and contemplates local people harvesting their fish net on the beach.

 

as you can see the artist don't show its face in the video and not as well on every social media. he says he want to be known by his concept and not by his appearance.

 

ximbogo, Indoor mural, adhesive on wall, 24m2, 2016. Wall for the pérolas do calouste exhibition in rio de janeiro, brazil

installation: the power of naivety - coletivo coorte - 2015

this wall was made for an exhibition in rio de janeiro brazil. It was able to use any place of the temporary gallery, so the artist decided for a very complex surface, with a lot of different size pieces and chosen an uplifting message to the spectators

 

"the best way to go further, is not knowing how far you can go"

 

the all wall go further than the picture able us to see, but people used to start seeing the collage without knowing how would be its end and this as well illustrates the message.

 

as you can see the artist don't show its face in the video and not as well on every social media. he says he want to be known by his concept and not by his appearance.

 

the power of naivety, indoor mural, wheat paste on wall, 22m2, 2015. wall for the Second Hand Exhibition in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

installation: pineapple - help us - 2015

pineapple is an image made from an ordinary residencial building in botofogo neighborhood, rio de janiero, brazil. the interesting thing about such building was the form of its balconies that are pointy, what created a very interesting geometric repetition similar to a pineapple skin.

 

pineapple, indoor mural, wheat paste on wall, 20m2, 2015. wall for the help us exhibition in rio de janeiro, brazil

street art

gustavo's artistic projects are always talking about the similarities between the natural world and the urban environment constructed by the mankind. with the street art is no different, the idea is showing in the streets the architectural images he produces in an organic way, something like some fungus, some barnacles or some moss, something that is just trying to survive and find some space. if you analyses closely, our cities grew in a little bit more complex way, but indeed by the same finality, the necessity of surviving.

 

the used technique is usually printed adhesive with spray glue or wheat paste on printed paper. the artist not closed to techniques like painting, stencils and etc. other technologies will probably appear on his body of work soon.

 

pilze: berlin - germany - 2016 to 2017

pilze in german means fungus, and what you are about to see is an urban fungus made by the repetition of the same images but in different sizes spread in a way that looks like aleatory, but is not.

 

this project is not fished, but some action was taped and a curiosity about it is that gustavo got busted by the cops at möckernbrücke station. however after a long conversation the let him go.  he said he excuse himself telling a phrase in german: "aber, das ist mein beruf" wich means "but, that is my job".

 

the video is unfinished still but soon will be avaiable here.

tempodrom - berlin

teufelsberg - berlin

 ballhaus grünau - berlin

dimension holes: rio de janeiro - brazil - 2015

 the measures of the two big retangles and the distance between them were taken. if you notate the artwork is continuous and geometrically precise. the used image is a photograph of a building that was made in copacabana neighborhood and now, is stamping a building at leblon neighborhood in rio de janeiro. measuring the wall precisely is something that is on all of gustavo’s legal  murals and it brings a really interesting final artwork aesthetics.

 

dimension holes, illegal street mural, wheat paste on wall, 10m2, rio de janeiro, brazil.

bombing (stickers around the world) - 2015 to 2017

barcelona - spain 2016

valencia - spain 2016

granada - spain 2016

hiroshima - japan 2016

osaka - japan 2016

lisbon - portugal 2016

instagram stories

in the artist’s words:

 

“probably the most interesting thing I produce, but at the same time the less valuable”

 

 the poetic look for the urban environment is strongly present on his daily videos as well. But here you can taste a little from gustavo’s personality, the way he looks to the world, the songs he likes, what he is feeling and thinking.

 

 the edits are made just-in-time, accordingly with the song rhythms. Everything is made by the cellphone in a quest of minutes and seconds, the video is captured while the music is playing and the drawings are made just after that.

 

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small biography

name: gustavo romeiro.

birth date and place: 1985 at rio de janeiro/rj, brazil.

lives and work at rio de janeiro/rj, brazil.

 

through the photography, indoor installations, street and public art gustavo contest the similarities between the natural world and the urban environment constructed by the mankind.

 

a minimalistic dreamlike aesthetic is what he is aiming

 

the photographic images has no edits and no postproductions, they are pure and exists only in black and white. the camera is always set as monochrome.

 

street art and installations are made with the collaging of his photographic images in an organic way, like a fungus or a moss, which reinforce the idea of buildings as alive beings

 

in the public field, the artist chosen to work with sculptures and materials that are present on human constructions. the main concept in this area is to develop a language between the city and the people that lives on it with the objective of proliferating the citizenship

 

 

 

titles:

collective Exhibitions:

featured work in the LensCulture Network Gallery

 

first place at the international photography awards ipa 2016

category: non-Professional: architecture, other

 

suggested artist by instagram at 2015

 

 

 

casa cor 2017

morar mais por menos - 2017

open call - cavalo art gallery - 2016

morar mais por menos - 2016

desenho como matriz - 2016

pérolas do calouste - 2016

second Hand - 2015

help Us - 2015

apezinho - 2014

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