Gemeos, Os b.1974 / Sem Titulo
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"Sem Titulo" takes its roots in an earlier painting by Os Gêmeos titled Serenade (2008), where two men wearing head-shaped hats play musical instruments against a rural backdrop and a night sky filled with what appear to be fireworks. They are in the midst of an outdoor celebration, which the viewer experiences through the vibrant palette and exaggerated figures. In the background, the viewer can discern a giant head on top of a pickup truck. While creating Untitled, Os Gêmeos brought elements of Serenade to life. They created a wooden version of the enormous head and laid it on the chassis of a Volkswagen Beetle. The head opens on hinges to reveal a glittering purple interior, similar to the exterior of a disco ball. The reverse of the face has been turned into a cabinet of curiosities, featuring antique radios, clocks, and figurines. The car’s wooden armature is intricately decorated with flower motifs, found objects, yellow human figures, and several musical instruments, including a piano keyboard and several trumpets. The work’s interactive nature enables the viewer to discover countless details and hidden treasures, such as a music box and an intricate metal fence that functions as a bumper.

Untitled is one of the most elaborate art objects Os Gêmeos have ever created, and it contains all the key elements that have come to define their influential artistic career. It is an extraordinary celebration of popular culture and contemporary artistic freedom, which echoes the very foundations of street art, as well as the artists’ deep-rooted interests in fostering positive interactions between all sectors of society. By bringing elements of popular art and culture into the gallery space, Os Gêmeos’ work blurs the boundaries between street and fine art, successfully balancing the supposed differences between counter-culture movements and more traditional aesthetics. The work is a direct result of Os Gêmeos’ boundless imagination and material resourcefulness, and it exemplifies the artists’ philosophy and groundbreaking talents. 

(Phillips de Pury & Company, 2012)

Os Gemeos (b.1974, Brazil)

Sem Titulo, 2008-2010

Mixed media
450 x 410 x 175 cm.
177 3/16 x 161 7/16 x 68 7/8 in.
Provenance:
Fortes Vilaca Gallery, São Paulo, Brazil Current Location:
USA - New Jersey S - M InstallationLatin America

exhibitions

"Everything You Are I Am Not": Highlights of the Tiroche DeLeon LATAM Collection, curated by Catherine Petitgas
MANA Glass Gallery, New Jersy, USA
May 2016 - August 2016

"Everything You Are I Am Not": Highlights of the Tiroche DeLeon LATAM Collection, curated by Catherine Petitgas
Mana Wynwood, Miami, US
December 2015

Vertigem
CCBB Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, Brasília, Brasil
March 2010 - May 2010

Vertigem
Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil ,Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
January 2010 - May 2010

Vertigem
Museu de arte Brasiliera, Sao Paolo, Brasil
October 2009 - December 2009

Vertigem
Museu Oscar Niemeyer, Curitiba, Brasil
October 2008 - February 2009

Too Far Too Close
Deitch Projects, New York, USA
June 2008 - August 2008

publications

Summer Therapy
New City Brazil (Online), August 2016
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Everything You Are I Am Not: Latin American Art From The Tiroche DeLeon Collection
Juxtapoze Magazine (Online), June 2016
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The Cream Of The Crop At Art Basel
Miami Herald (Newspaper), December 2015

Scout MacEachron, Spilled Bananas, Split Blades, and Books with Bullets: Eclectic Offerings at Mana Miami
Hyperallergic (Online), December 2015
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Sarah Cascone, Mana Contemporary Stuns With a Trifecta of Major Shows in Miami
Artnet (Online), December 2015
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Nina Azzarello, Os Gemeos Turn Volkswagen Beetle Into A Figure Filled With Colorful Curiosities
Designboom (Online), November 2015
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Sleepboy, Basel Week Miami ’15: Os Gemeos // Tiroche Deleon Collection @ Mana Wynwood
Arrested Motion (Online), November 2015
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Pedro Alonzo, Os Gemeos
Ginko Press (Book), July 2012
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OSGEMEOS
Museu Oscar Niemeyer (Catalogue), 2009

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