Brazilian twin artists Os Gemeos, Gustavo and Otavio Pandolfo, were recently in Milan, Italy, working on a large mural installation for Pirelli HangarBicocca’s new public art project, Outside the Cube. Their mural, titled “Efemero” (ephemeral) features one of their signature, colorful characters climbing up the hangar-shaped building, painted to look like a subway car. The site-specific piece also incorporates logos from international metro systems and personal messages.
Os Gemeos started their year off with an installation that has become part of the permanent collection of Museu Casa do Pontal in Rio de Janeiro. The twin artists created a sculpture inside of a concrete, military-style bunker featuring one of their signature characters. They painted the walls of the structure with images of a crumbling city. While the imagery evokes Brazil’s growing poverty problem, Os Gemeos created the work as a response for the current state of Museu Casa do Pontal, an important folk art museum on which endless construction projects have encroached. The bunker, created in collaboration with Pascali Semerdjian Arquitetos, symbolizes a fortress protecting the museum’s art collection and legacy.
Brazilian twin artists Os Gemeos are always taking it up a notch. Last May, they adorned a Boeing 737 with the character-driven art to escort the Brazilian team to the FIFA World Cup (see our coverage here). In August, the brothers took on their biggest project to date: an enormous 75-foot-tall, 360-degree mural that measures a total of 23,500 square feet. Envisioned as a non-profit public artwork for the Vancouver Biennale, the piece is intended to leave a lasting mark on the Ocean Cement silos amid the industrial landscape of Vancouver’s Granville Island. The project was funded via a crowd funding campaign and is included in the Vancouver Biennale’s 2014-2016 programming as part of a series of large-scale public works they’re calling an Open Air Museum. Granville Island attracts over 10 million annual visitors and the Biennale’s organizers hope that the scale of this project will make it a major art destination for years to come.
While most of the world is looking towards Brazil for the FIFA Word Cup, art lovers were anxiously waiting for the 29th of June when Os Gemeos opened their long awaited solo show in their hometown. It’s been five years since the last time Otavio and Gustavo Pandolfo exhibited in Sao Paulo, so after showing and painting murals all over the globe, they opened “A Opera da Lua” (The Moon Opera) at Galeria Fortes Vilaça. Staying true to their tendency to create elaborate shows that cover every inch of the gallery space, their installation features about thirty paintings, three sculptures and a video installation covering the floors and walls of the large space.
Known for their quick work flow and nearly telepathic communication, Brazilian twin brothers Otavio and Gustavo Pandolfo, collectively known as Os Gemeos, recently took their work to new heights — quite literally. The artists painted a Boeing 737, which took flight for the fist time yesterday between Belo Horizonte and Sao Paolo. The plane was painted to carry the Brazilian team to the FIFA World Cup, which starts on June 12, and will eventually be incorporated into the fleet of Brazil’s GOL Airlines. The plane was as much a collaboration between the twins as it was with local engineers. To ensure that the paint would be protected from UVA and UVB rays and weather conditions at high altitudes, a special varnish had to be applied. The wings were left purposely unpainted for safety reasons, so that leaks and other hazards could be easily detected. Painted in Os Gemeos’s signature style, the portraiture-driven piece will pay homage to the diversity of Brazil as it flies through the sky for years to come.
Roger Water’s lavish production of The Wall came to Los Angeles over the weekend and, as luck would have it, Os Gêmeos happened to also be in town working on a private commission for a movie star with impeccable taste. “We didn’t plan it,” said Octavio Pandolfo, one half of The Twins whose recent show, “Miss You” at PRISM, offered a dazzling labyrinth of their vivid characters and magical realism. “We didn’t even know The Wall was here, but we wouldn’t miss it!” Octavio pulls on his respirator mask, grabs a can of spray paint between his feet and pitches in the air like a soccer ball. He scrambles up a piece of scaffolding and joins his brother Gustavo on the eastern side of The Pig.