Guerra de la Paz art with old clothes

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Best known examples of the amazing work they produce are possibly the“mounds”, so called because they literally comprise mountains of brightly colored clothes heaped up to resemble dumps

Guerra de la Paz art with old clothes

In Miami, Florida, USA, you can find two artists, both Cuban born, who understand the meaning of truly being poor. Using clothing as the base material for creating wonderfully bright and imaginative works of art, they get thier stuff from second hand shipping companies, as well as waste bins, in the Little Haiti area of Miami.

Called, respectively Alain Guerra and Neraldo de la Paz, the pair decided to work together as ‘Guerra de la Paz’. While Alain studied at the Chicago School of the Art Institute, Neraldo was at De Kalb,Northern Illinois University. The two met in Chicago on the day that Alain was moving back to Miami, and things just went from there..

Part Two

1996 saw the pair conceiving of and beginning their work together, nowadays having had many exhibitions, receiving loads of enthusiastic reviews. The project, as they refer to it, tends to see old clothes as sort of archeological relics from the personalities of the wearers, making them ideally suited to use for historic themes or even as classic iconography.

Best known examples of the amazing work they produce are possibly the“mounds”, so called because they literally comprise mountains of brightly colored clothes heaped up to resemble dumps. The 2002 production ‘Tribute’ from 2002, was a glorious example, and Neraldo sees the finished pieces as ultimately becoming nature again, due to the process of gradual decay. Naturally these monumental works form but a fraction of this talented duo’s immense output.

Part Three

The particular brand of art which is the trademark of these talented guys, failed to be accepted, at first, by the more prestigious, traditional galleries, but after their first New York solo show opened in 2006, the value of their work began tobe properly appreciated where it mattered. In 2007, an interview with a prestigious New York Arts magazine led to their co-operative enjoying an ever growing popularity.

Art Basel Miami Beach week saw ‘Nine’, their free-standing sculpture being bought by English art collector Charles Saatchi. Nothing more, in truth, than a heap of clothes being held high by nine individuals, the work theoretically speaks of people working together as a force more powerful even than gravity, and something diverse communities should do more of.

Part Four

The Daneyal Mahmood Gallery in Chelsea, New York, working beside Creative Thriftshop was the site of the most recent exhibition by these fantastic artists. One thing thought to possibly be a tribute to those serving over in Iraq is ‘Green Zone’ , a huge installation dedicated to the diplomatic area in Baghdad referred to by that name.

Green Zone leans toward adopting a more pleasant meaning, in New York, however, reminding viewers of earlier works such as ‘Overflow’ of 2002 or ‘Oasis’of 2006, both of which also referred to US conflicts of the times involved. This talented duo have repeatedly proved themselves able todeliver clear and powerful statements via the used clothing, They feel that they can , as two different personalities, explore the differences between tranquility and unrest, war and peace through their art

Part 5

This prolific, talented and innovative partnership produce extremely thought provoking images, all that any viewer could wish for in artworks that they choose to view. Darkness is as present as rainbow brightness, sadness and joy equally evident in their inspirational installations. With boundless talent and immense imaginations, this pair of talented artists have combined to form one electrifying duo, Guerra de la Paz.

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Art, Guerra De La Paz, Imagery, Imagination, Innovation, Old Clothes

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mainly non-fiction articles, though I do write short stories, poetry and descriptive prose as well. Have been writing for over ten years now

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author avatar Val Mills
5th May 2012 (#)

Such talent, such creativity, this is the kind of art I enjoy.

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author avatar tony leather
5th May 2012 (#)

I love looking for the unusual in the art world

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