São Paulo

osgemeos

Fortes D’Aloia & Gabriel | Galeria

Graffiti may still originate as a raw urban expression from poor neighborhoods, but it often ends up in a gallery. Otávio and Gustavo Pandolfo, known as osgemeos (“the twins” in Portuguese), produced a poignant metaphor for that transition in “The Fish That Ate Shooting Stars,” their first solo gallery show in Brazil: They painted a giant head on the gallery’s facade, as if to enter it was to be devoured.

The brothers transformed the indoor space into a fantastic, oneiric environment filled with sculptural objects, paintings, murals, and a sound installation, producing a sort of contemporary Gesamtkunstwerk centered around a fishing boat with a giant yellow figure sitting in it, a man with a balloonlike head, dressed in a colorful, clownish costume. But the show was dominated by figurative paintings using the fantastic iconography the twins developed in their earlier outdoor murals. In both

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