Symbiosis at MIAU Revisited!
Updating the exhibition with new mutant artists portraits (and a lot more!)
 


Two years after setting up the Symbiosis show at MIAU Fanzara, I was asked by the organisers to move the exhibition to one of the rooms to free some space for a collective show with pieces from all the artists who painted the town during the four years of the festival.

Originally, the Symbiosis show was divided in two rooms with plenty of space, so I had to make a selection of the photos I wanted to keep to fit them all in a single room. And I also wanted to add some new portraits to the show: Animalito Land, Isaac Mahow, and Borondo. These three photos were perfect for the exhibition because they were taken in Fanzara in previous editions of the festival, and the characters used for the digital surgery were from the murals the artists painted in town. The exhibition included only portraits of artists who had painted walls in Fanzara, but these three were even better, because they were actually created using the murals they painted in town.

Besides these three photos of artists captured in Fanzara,I also wanted to add the portrait of the rural hero from the High Lands of Northern Spain Sr Arribas, and the Queen of pixel style Bubbles. These pictures were not taken in Fanzara, but both artists had been invited to the festival this year.

After four years of MIAU, the little village is running out of walls, so the organisers invited some sculptors and land artists who could install their pieces of art without using any walls. Sr Arribas was the perfect choice for this, as he is used to create his own sculptures, and install them in the most remote rural locations without any help.

Symbiosis at Montana Gallery Flyer

Bubbles, the game designer and pixel artist, made a tribute wall called Cosmic Juan, in memory of a local resident who developed a very special relationship with the festival organisers and artists during the previous years. He was a very peculiar character who liked beer, party, and art in all its forms, who died a few months before the fourth edition of the festival. So Bubbles, with the invaluable help of Hombrelópez, created a pixel portrait of Juan floating in the cosmos on the wall of the village bar, the place where he would have liked to be forever. López, the DIY master, made some 3D pixels on wood that came out of the wall, as if the parallel universe where Juan is now was invading our reality through a Matrix glitch. I also helped a little bit to create the cosmic background, a black hole through which you can actually see another dimension of reality. I must say it was really fun to paint this mural with my friends after such a long time without painting, I devote most of my time to photo-retouching and indoors calligraphy lately, so painting an outdoors mural was really nice for a change. The reaction from Juan's friends and family was totally fantastic and overwhelming, making this tribute was a fabulous experience.

So, coming back to the Symbiosis exhibition, adding these five new portraits and moving all of the photos to only one room was not possible without removing some of them. As I don't like to leave people out, I devised a cunning plan to include all of my digitally-modified portraits in a single room: I included only the vertical photos in large format, which take up less space; and placed all the horizontal ones in the same wall printed on paper in a smaller size using magnets. Like this there was room for everyone! We also painted the walls black, and used some golden vinyl for the names, and it came out great. I just love gold letters on a black background for some reason, probably you had already realised this. : )

Below you can see some pictures of the exhibition and the amazing pieces by Sr Arribas & Bubbles+López. As always, collaborating with the MIAU team has been a great pleasure. No work is too hard when you get the support of a good team of people!

Sr Arribas & his alter ego
Fallen Angel by Sr Arribas
Sr Arribas & his alter ego
Fallen Angel by Sr Arribas
 
Double Bubbles
Cosmic Juan
Double Bubbles!
Cosmic Juan
 
Animalito Land, Sr Arribas, H101, LaFoix & Ilia Mayer
Animalito Land, Sr Arribas, H101, LaFoix & Ilia Mayer
 
Borondo & Friends
Borondo & Friends
 
Animalito Land, Sr Arribas & H101
Animalito Land, Sr Arribas & H101
 
Bubbles, Hyuro, Julieta, Borondo & Escif
Bubbles, Hyuro, Julieta, Borondo & Escif
 
Animalito Land & Friends
Animalito Land & Friends
 
Isaac Mahow, Bubbles, Hyuro, Julieta & Borondo
Isaac Mahow, Bubbles, Hyuro, Julieta & Borondo
 
 
 
Finally, for all the people who couldn't come to the MIAU festival or live far far away, here's a little walk-through video of the exhibition, it's nearly like being there! :)

Thanks to Montana Colors for the sprays, to TURIA for the beers (essential for organising any kind of festival in Spain in summer), and to Hombrelópez, Javi, Rafa, Ana and all the beautiful people from Fanzara for making all this possible and for treating us like family!

 

 

Symbiosis at Montana Gallery
Group show with my photos and original pieces by the portrayed artists
 

This one was a very special Symbiosis exhibition. Anna Dimitrova from Montana Gallery asked me to co-curate a show with her including my digitally-modified portraits and an original piece by the artists who have subjected themselves to my photographic experiments voluntarily.

I must say that including original pieces by the portrayed subjects was a fantastic idea, the show became a collective exhibition, instead of a Symbiosis solo show. We placed each piece next to the artist photo, and the exhibition came out great. I'm so happy I may copy the idea for other exhibitions in the future. :)

Montana was the first gallery in Barcelona completely devoted to graffiti and street art, so we made a special selection of old-school and new-school graffiti writers and street artists for this show:

Belin - Boris Hoppek - Btoy - Dulk - Hyuro - Kenor
Mina Hamada & Zosen
- Mr Kern - Omega
Shepard Fairey
- Smithe - Suso33

Besides the large-format photos, we also filled one wall with many small prints on paper so that the visitors could appreciate the real magnitude of this peculiar photographic experiment.

Scroll down to see some pictures of the opening and even a video! :)

 

 

Symbiosis at Montana Gallery Flyer

Door Vinyl
Door Vinyl
 
Super Myrhwan & Super Belin
Super Myrhwan & Super Belin
 
Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz
 
Boris Hoppek
Boris Hoppek
 
Happy Family
Happy Family
 
Hyuro
Hyuro
 
Checking the List
Checking the List
 
Kenor
Kenor
 
Pin-Up Girl
Pin-Up Girl
 
Mina Hamada & Zosen
Mina Hamada & Zosen
 
Sonic Youth
Sonic Youth
 
Shepard Fairey - Obey
Shepard Fairey - Obey
 
Smithe & Shepard Fairey
Smithe & Shepard Fairey
 
Omega & Suso33
Omega & Suso33
 
Enjoying Omega
Enjoying Omega
 
Dulk
Dulk
 
Dulk Piece
Dulk Piece
 
Andrea Michaelsson - Btoy
Andrea Michaelsson - Btoy
 
Guided Tour for my Old-School Friends
Guided Tour for my Old-School Friends
 
Mr Kern
Mr Kern (with the original piece used for his portrait)
 
Wall of Prints
Wall of Prints
 
Checking the Prints
Checking the Prints
 
Animalito Land & Friends
Animalito Land & Friends
 
All Together Now
All Together Now
 
All Good!
All Good!
 
 
 
Finally, for all the peopleo who couldn't come or live far far away, here's a little walk-through video of the exhibition, it's nearly like being there! :)

Thanks everyone for coming, and special thanks to Moritz for the beers, and to Cris Buxó & Valentina Venditti for the photos of the opening!

 

 

Symbiosis on iazzu
You can now buy my portraits from your mobile!

Symbiosis on iazzu

 
iazzu is a new art app for mobiles where you can find pieces by different street artists and illustrators from all over the world. There are many apps to buy art out there, what makes iazzu unique is that you can take a picture of your wall with your mobile, and see how the piece will actually look in your house before buying it!

You can also find a few of my portraits selected by the iazzu team, the selection includes only artists whose works can also be found on the app. You can click on the image above to visit their site, download the app, and check all the great stuff they have in store!

 

 

Symbiosis in Progress
The origin of the mutants

Hyuro in progress

 
Many people have asked me if my portraits are pictures, illustrations or computer generated images, and what kind of process/software I use to make them. Some people even told me I don't have to explain it or share the way I work if I prefer to keep it secret. I must say I never really understood artists' secrecy, I don't have any problems at all to share and explain how I make my portraits. All of them are created in Photoshop using a real picture of the artist and a picture of one of their characters. The whole process of fusing the person with the character is completely done in Photoshop, I don't use any other software.

The first step is always choosing the character for the photocomposition, so that the artist can copy the posture in the photo, otherwise the digital integration is impossible. Then I take pictures of the artist, and pictures of the painting/illustration/sculpture in the same place, with the same light, using the same camera. Even when I use a vector design or a 3D image that could be easily sent by email, I always take pictures of it with my camera. Like this the final composition works fine without having to make so many adjustments, this is my little secret. ;) Then the photoshopping starts, I actually spend more time retouching the image than capturing it. The shooting is normally done in one afternoon with the artist, and is usually over in one or two hours, but then I spend days in Photoshop modifying the photo.

Another essential thing for me is taking the photos in RAW format, to be able to make light and color adjustments without losing quality. Below you can see some images of the original pieces made by the artists, pictures of me taking pictures :), screenshots of the work in progress, and the final portrait, as a graphical explanation of the process.

 

Mural by Hyuro
Original mural by Hyuro

 

Hyuro in progress
Hyuro in progress

 

Hyuro
Hyuro final

Philip K Dick by Pincho
Original illustration by Pincho (Portrait of Philip K Dick)

 

Taking Pictures of Pincho
Taking pictures of Pincho with the invaluable help of Pol Marban

 

Pincho
Pincho final

Hangover by Andreas Englund
Original painting by Andreas Englund (Hangover)

 

Taking pictures of Andreas Englund
Taking pictures of Andreas with the painting in my mobile as a reference

 

Andreas Englund in progress
Andreas in progress

 

Andreas Englund
Andreas Englund final

Taking pictures of Emilie Steele
Taking pictures of Emilie Steele

 

Emilie holding her doll
Emilie holding her doll for me

 

Emilie in progress
Emilie in progress

 

Emilie Steele
Emilie Steele final

SushiMan By Zeptiror
Original Vector Design by Zeptiror

 

Taking pictures of the SushiMan
Taking pictures of the SushiMan

 

Having fun
Having fun (an essential part of the creative workflow : )

 

Zeptiror
Zeptiror final

Original painting by TLP
Original painting by TLP

 

TLP in progress
TLP in progress

 

The London Police
TLP final

Original Graffiti Piece by Dulk
Original graffiti piece by Dulk

 

Dulk in progress
Dulk in progress

 

Dulk
Dulk final

Original digital drawing by Saturno
Original digital drawing by Saturno

 

Saturno in progress
Saturno in progress

 

Saturno
Saturno final

Dave in progress
Dave in progress

 

Dave
Dave final

Inocuo in progress
Inocuo in progress

 

Inocuo
Inocuo final

Suso33 in progress
Suso33 in progress

 

Suso33
Suso33 final

 

Symbiosis at AktivitÄt bcn
Solo exhibition to showcase the results of my latest experimetns
 


After many years of hard work, travelling acrross the continent and beyond to capture different artists in their natural habitat, I am finally ready to show the resulsts of my peculiar digital-surgery experiments in the exhibition Symbiosis - An experiment by Dr Case.

AktivitÄt bcn has been the chosen place to host this singular show in which the audience will be able to see with their own eyes my latest portraits of mutant artists created using the most advanced digital metamorphosis techniques in the world.

The captured specimens come from different artistic disciplines and scenes; from graffiti, to pop surrealism, illustration, tattoo, sculpture, street art, outdoors calligraphy, and vandalism in general. All of them have subjected themselves to my experiments voluntarily to be fused with their own characters, becoming fabulous creatures, fantastic beings that combine each artist which his own creations; which, together, form a unique collection of altered portraits that any art lover or photography enthusiast shouldn't miss.

The exhibition will be on display from the 18th of February to the 10th of April 2017 at AktivitÄt bcn (C/ Topazi, 21 - Barcelona). Below you can see some pictures of the setting up and opening party, where I shared some anecdotes about the experiences lived during my travels. We also offered fresh malt & lupulus beverages to the assistants without charge (courtesy of Moritz).

Thanks everyone for coming and special thanks to Cripatia Torres for the pictures!

Symbiosis at Aktivitat Flyer

Removing the Plastic
Removing the Plastic (my favourite part when setting up a show)
 
Mr Gallerist & Me Screwing it Up
Looking Trhough the Glass
Mr Gallerist & Me Screwing it Up
Looking Trhough the Glass
 
Door Vinyl
Door Vinyl
 
Prints
Prints
 
I like your Hairstyle
I like your Hairstyle
 
With Juanjo Surace
 
Sara & Ester
Sara & Ester
 
Adri
Adri
 
Nevenka & Friends
Nevenka & Friends
 
New School
Fans Fatales
New School
Fans Fatales
 
The Michaelsson Sisters
The Michaelsson Sisters
 
Crouded
Crowded
 

Finally, for all the people who couldn't come or live far far away, here's a little walk-through video of the exhibition,
it's nearly like being there! :)

 

Making of the Portrait of Sr Arribas
A rural adventure through the High Lands of Northern Spain

When Javier Arribas told me he wanted to take his picture on a derelict monastery at the top of a hill in the High Lands of Soria, in Northern Spain, and use a silver deer head to replace his face, I thought it was a fantastic idea; but I didn't realize the great effort and hard work involved in capturing such a portrait. Especially because I didn't know that the last stretch to reach the top of the hill couldn't be done by car...

Sr Arribas is one of those artists who are willing to do whatever it takes to accomplish his projects, even climbing mountains or installing real-sized human sculptures in the middle of a completely deserted area. He lives in a wooden house built by himself and has his own vegetable garden to feed his family. Founder of the Latidos del Olvido collective, he is also an explorer who loves forgotten places, abandoned towns, and derelict houses where he finds and documents pieces of the past, abandoned objects, tools, and images; small treasures that make us remember our ancestors, the people who lived in our land before we were born, when the majority of the population lived in small towns, and time passed by more slowly, before we lost our connection to the land, when our way of living was more sustainable.

For a city kid like me, who spends most of his time seating in front of a computer screen, capturing this portrait was an epic adventure. Many people think my way of working is totally based in composing different images in Photoshop using pictures from online photo stock services, that's one of the reasons why I wanted to share these images to show the actual process and work involved in capturing one of my portraits. Big thanks to Susana Medina for the pictures of the process, and to Aitana & Ainoa Arribas for their professional assistance! : )

Sr ArribasSr Arribas

Taking Out the Deer Head
Climbing
Taking out the fake deer head from the studio
(no animals were harmed in the making of this portrait)
Climbing the hill with our little assistants : )
     
Little Break
Exhausted
 
Testing
Little break to regain our strength
Dedicated to the people who think
I do everything using Photoshop : )
 
Testing the light
         
Setting up the Scene
Let's Start
Settin up the Scene
Let's Start!
     
Shooting with Aitana Copying My Photographer Posture  
Heavy Weight
Shooting with Aitana Copying My Cool Photographer Posture
 
Heavy Weight
     
Descent
Descent
 
Loading the Car
Having Lunch
Loading the Car to Go Down to Sarnago
(an abandoned village rescued by a brave group of people)
Having Lunch with the Arriba's family at Sarnago
(No Man's Land - All Man's Land!)
     
Siesta
Final Country-Style Siesta
 
Dr Case Royal Rotor Andrea Michaelsson Olivia Boris Hoppek Andrea Luschi Escif Suso33 Marga López Inocuo Noaz Mr Kern Next