Vida Apaixonada
July 20, 2008, 4:01 pm
Filed under: Art, Painting/Drawing

Titi Freak
May 16th – Jun 14th, 2008
Jonathan LeVine Gallery
529 West 20th Street, New York, NY

Always a fan of street art, as well as of mixed media, I was very impressed by both style of the work and the presentation of the show. The paintings became part of the wall, seemingly haphazardly placed everywhere, and then integrated through extra scraps of wood and designs painted on the walls. The characters of the portraits stare at the viewer with emotive yet directionless gazes, mostly dressed in street clothes. Hamilton Yokota, the Brazilian artist better known a Titi Freak, incorporates aspects of both his Brazilian and Japanese heritages, creating images inspired by pop culture, street art, and Japanese woodblock prints (Press Release).


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