introduced you to local artist, href="http://tropicult.com/2011/09/131-gustavo-oviedo-projected/"
target="_blank">131 and his projects. Last week, we
got word that he will be showing a retrospective of his works
created during the past three years. style="text-align: justify;">Naturally, we hit him up for more
Last we heard from
131 was during last Art Basel when we hung out with him &
target="_blank">Ahol (plus a keg and mad friends) in
Wynwood while they completed another mural collaboration.
To bring us up to speed, 131
took us on quick tour of some of his other Wynwood murals and then
to his studio where he gave us the low-down on the upcoming opening
of his solo show.
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The exhibition is a compilation of over 30 carefully
selected works by 131 completed in the last three years. Artworks
exhibited include some of his earlier documental photography
depicting cement inscriptions and palm tree carvings found in and
around the City of Miami, plus his science inspired drawings href="http://tropicult.com/wp-content/uploads/amoeba-battle1.jpg"
target="_blank">Amoeba Battle and
target="_blank">Periodic Table, depicting a
microscopic world where particles, microbes and cells
science, technology and art collide. Utilizing primarily
recycled materials for his works, 131 applies numeric and
metaphorical symbols to represent human social and psychological
example, for one of his more recent pieces, 19 gigabytes,
(above) 131 used several compact discs he
collected (132-50 megabytes each) and placed carefully using a
binary color pattern. As the title suggests, all the CD’s used for
this artwork add up to 19 gigabytes.
photos from our studio visit are dope (big up to href="http://davidcabrera.info/131-Projects-Studio-Visit"
target="_blank">David Cabrera for hooking us up),
you’ve really gotta see 19 gigabytes in person
to appreciate it in all its glory. The bright colors and shiny
metals encompass everything we love — technology and
Video Installation: Kinetic Potential & Epoxy
131 will also
be showcasing two video installations. He believes that video
footage provides information on the influences that shaped the
creative process while additionally serving as a memory
Epoxy Moon is a video collage
that compiles a year’s worth of footage of 131′s marine exploration
with clips of him at work in his studio, into a half-hour
with audio layering compositions.
Kinetic Potential: Part 1 (above)
documents the energy unleashed as he shatters some material. The
energy is transferred onto the material, he explains, which he
later uses these to create other artworks.
width="252" height="377" /> Photography by
target="_blank">David Cabrera The
exhibition will include the artists’ first sculptures. Just a few
months ago, 131 decided to step-out of his comfort zone and finally
pursue welding. Inspired from a need to do work outside of the
studio while exploring the city, the sculptures represent an
evolution for the artist. All of the materials used for his
premiere sculptures are recycled materials he gathered around the
MIA or collected under the sea while exploring its shorelines. 131
applies his familiar collage technique to the sculptures by
layering metal in the welding process to obtain original
results while maintaining the cohesion of the exhibit.
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