Wander through the streets of London and you may find yourself coming across what seems to be dystopian propaganda; the words ‘Prisoner of More’ echoing over a black and white background or a well-suited man with a rabbit head, carrying a picket that reads 'They Lie We Buy.’ These are the provocative posters of Benjamin Irritant.
One mural in particular has taken the world by storm. ‘Climate Change Ain’t Nothing to Mess With’ went viral across the internet for its image of a weather advisory, warning of impending hurricane Wu. Designed by Staten artist Cody Prez and curated by Tariq Zaid of RHC, the mural is part of a community initiative to raise awareness around social issues and Staten’s art scene.
I was interviewing Raysa because she’s one-fourth of the Moriviví Collective, a group I first heard of some years ago, thanks to a controversial mural they made near a freeway in San Juan. They are four incredibly talented, young Puerto Rican women who create the most ethereal modern art I’ve ever seen – I also knew they went to the same visual arts high school as one of my best friends (Puerto Rico is a small island). I was intrigued by their art and story; however, when I asked Raysa if they meant for the collective to be constructed of just women, Raysa told me it had actually been purely coincidental.
The Press Release for The Grit & The Glam, a dual art exhibit by Lexi Bella and Danielle Mastrion. The show is hosted by 3rd Ethos Gallery, running from 11.29.18 to 12.31.18. Opening Reception Thursday November 29th at 7pm.