Symbiosis on Facebook!
Taking over the Interweb!

Symbiosis on Facebook

 
You can now see the latest mutant artists' portraits and follow all symbiotic news on the brand-new Symbiosis Facebook fan page!

Just click the Like button to stay updated and get all the freshest symbiotic news about shows, new mutants created, new prints available online, and other fabulous stories!

 

 

Symbiosis hits Menorca!
Capturing islander artists in their natural habitat and other adventures!
Lolofonico
Pol Marban
Sabek

It was an honour for me to be invited to the Vang Festival 2012 in Menorca to participate in an indoors group show and paint a big outdoors mural with many local islanders and other continental artists who travelled to the island to take part in the event like myself.

Although the invitation had nothing to do with my symbiotic experiments, I didn't want to miss the opportunity of capturing the participating artists in their natural habitat. Unfortunately, preparing the exhibition and painting the mural was very time-consuming, so I could not find the time to capture all the participating subjects. Fortunately, I had already captured some of them, like Carles Gomila, in my previous trip to the island. This time I had the chance of capturing a small but highly interesting group of specimens:

The Valencian leviathan, aka Lolofonico, the only man who can paint while breakdancing, beat boxing, playing tennis, smoking, and setting the place on fire!!

The local artist Pol Marban, very famous in Menorca's underground scene for his unequalled capacity of organising amazing raves in record time with top-shelf DJs and fresh drinks in surreal locations.

The Madrid-based graffiti writer Sabek, highly respected in the capital scene for his extreme climbing skills which allow him to reach the highest spots for getting up.

The political activist and talented illustrator Pincho, well-known in his home town, Madrid, for his involvement in the Spanish Revolution and his beautiful illustrations and writers' portraits for lefty online newspapers. In fact, we used his portrait of Philip K. Dick as the basis for my symbiotic experiment.

The all-mighty spiritual guide Mauri Lavayen, who has enlightened the island with his peculiar wisdom and spiritual energy from the very moment he arrived from his mother land, Argentina. He is also known in Menorca for his ability to create pieces of jewellery using electronic nanocomponents, some locals say he can create unique bracelets and brooches using an old mobile phone and a toaster.

And the aboriginal artist Tutzo, a Menorcan native unstable character whose peculiarly twisted style has generated a lot of controversy in the island and abroad.

I would like to express my most sincere gratitude to the local artist Pol Marban for kindly guiding me and the crew to the most amazing locations of the island: derelict military installations and secret magic caves which are only known by the most intrepid local graffiti writers.

I can guarantee that all these photographs were taken during the artists' idle time and did not disrupt the festival's schedule in any way (which was already chaotic before my arrival). Below you can see some images of the event as a proof.

Festival Mascot
Btoy Technicolor
High Times
Festival Mascot
Btoy Technicolor
High Times (piece by Uri)
     
López's Basic Needs
Ruina Getting Ready for the Action
Spok Workcenter
López's Basic Needs
Ruina Getting Ready for the Action
Spok Workcenter
     
VANG
Cecilia Enlighten Us
Maximum Concentration
Welcome to the VANG indoors show!
Cecilia Enlighten Us by Sakristán
Maximum Concentration
     
Hombrelópez Masking
Longanizador
Expectant by Pincho
Hombrelópez Masking
Longanizador (aka Hombrelópez)
Expectant by Pincho
     
Pincho & López
Revolution by M2
Boatman
Pincho & López
Revolution! by M2
Boatman by Lolofonico & Pincho
     
     
Sculpture by Joaquín Jara
Sabek Getting Up
Scultpure by Joaquín Jara
Crajes
Sabek Getting Up
     
Joaquín in Action
Tag Cloud
Backstage Pass
Joaquín Jara Working
Tag Cloud (my canvas for the indoors show)
Backstage Pass

 

Symbiosis on Behance!
Taking over the Interweb!

Symbiosis on Behance

 
Following my cunning plan to take over the Interweb, I have opened myself a Behance profile to showcase the final results of my experiments and reveal the workflow I follow to create these symbiotic creatures.

There is still some work to do before achieving my final goal of world-domination, but my irruption on the Behance artists network has been a total success: I already have 2 followers!!

 

 

Symbiosis at WeArt festival!
Perverted mutants for the Doggy Style Wars collective exhibition!
I am proud to announce that the Symbiosis project has been selected for the WeArt street-art group show that will take place at DeeBee Gallery from the 13th to the 27th of November 2012.

The exhibition will showcase the work of more than 20 street artists and graffiti writers as part of the WeArt festival, an eclectic contemporary art festival which will include 7 group shows of 7 disciplines at 7 galleries around Barcelona.

The festival theme is sex and the exhibition title is Doggy Style Wars, so I selected three mutant artists' portraits containing highly explicit, lustful, and even vulgar imagery: Mr Kern, Albert Bertolin, and Rallito X.

The opening party will take place on Tuesday the 13th of November at DeeBee Gallery (C/ Pujades, 95, Barcelona) from 19:30 onwards; with live painting, DJ set, free alcohol, and other surprises...

You can find detailed information about the event here.

 
Mr KernExhibition flyer featuring Mr Kern

 

Prints for sale at Miscelanea!
Editions of 30 numbered and signed!

Bertolín Print

 
Many friends have told me they would love to take one of my mutant-artists portraits home, but the large ones are too costly for their current economic situation and too big for their small flats. So, following my friends advice, and in order to make it more affordable to acquire one of these beautiful creatures, I have made smaller-format high-quality digital prints on nice paper (200 gr.); which are available to purchase online at the Miscelanea website for a ridiculously inexpensive price (just 20€+shipping expenses!).

Don't think twice and get yourself one of these rare creatures before they become extinct (limited editions of 30 numbered and singed).

 

 

Relevant Interview!
Interview about Symbiosis by Elena Alger for Relevant BCN
including
an exclusive mutant artist portrait never seen before!

Who is this guy behind these wonderful compositions? Remember the last article about him? We met the creator of Symbiosis - Check it out...

How did you get started with art?
Well, when I started I didn't really get started in the art movement as such. I started with graffiti when I was around 15 years old. Through graffiti I ended up in the artistic movement, but I never wanted to be an artist. I started tagging, this took me to calligraphy, and graffiti took me to photography. The beginning was graffiti.

Your project is a mix of photography and digital collage, how did you come to that mix?
In the world of graffiti and street art some people are really worried about their faces on the Internet, most of them really want to stay anonymous and they asked me to censor them. So I didn't come up with an idea to create a new artistic project, it was more something practical. I really don't like using pixels for censorship, it looks like some kind of police footage. So I started using the characters to censor the people. Well, the result was really fun and the artist really liked it too...

Click here to continue reading.

 

Relevant Interview

 

Symbiosis hits Ibiza!
On-site mutant production and symbiotic exhibition in the magic island!
Eme in action
Eme in action
It was an honour for me to be invited to the Bloop Festival 2012 in Ibiza to take pictures of the participating artists and prepare an exhibition to show the outcome at Can Curt, a small gallery in a very little but lovely village called Sant Agustí.

In order to accomplish my mission, I travelled to the island equipped with my camera and laptop computer, and spent two weeks there capturing each artist and his work to merge them in one single creature to be showcased at the final exhibition; which included the new symbiotic portraits created during the festival, some old portraits of participating artists which I had already made, and some fine pointillism works by Valencian artist Emilio Cejalvo, a great guy to share space with.

During the course of the event, I had the pleasure of meeting someone I truly admire: the legendary Martha Cooper, who is probably the photographer with the biggest collection of graffiti action pictures in the world; a photo journalist who has been documenting the Hip Hop movement since the good-old days when everything started until today. Her photography exhibition (and presence) in the festival were highly enjoyable. I showed her my work and asked her if she would like to take part in my experiments, she gladly accepted. I also asked her what could we use for the photocomposition, as she is a photographer we had no characters or illustrations I could use for the collage. She suggested using an old-school Nikon camera to replace her head, and that is exactly what I did. She was really happy with the result, and so were Montana Colors, the main sponsors of the event, for obvious reasons.

 

Martha CooperMartha Cooper
Unfortunately, I did not have time to document all the participating artists, but I did capture some really interesting specimens, like Kenor, H101, Eme, Mina Hamada & Zosen.

The exhibition opening party at Can Curt was nice and relaxed, with some good friends and family, and a few beers. Below you can see some pictures of the event (courtesy of Carlos, Marc, Pax, and David).

Setting Up the Lights
Next-Gen Photographer
Uncle Marc
Uncle Marc
     
Happy People
Olivia and I
Digital Genetic Pasta and Phlegm
     
Drinking Outside
Family
Happy Girls
Drinking Outside
     
Can Curt 1
Can Curt 2
Can Curt 3
Can Curt 1
Can Curt 2
Can Curt 3
     
Watching
It's Getting Late
 
Watching
It's Getting Late

 

Symbiosis explained!

 
My dear colleague Gregory Hervelin from NotForProduction recorded this beautifully-illustrated motion picture in which I explain the digital process used to create the symbiotic mutants.

Soundtrack courtesy of my good-old fellow Don G from Sciouè Sciouè Proudactions.

 

Dr Case Royal Rotor Andrea Michaelsson Olivia Boris Hoppek Andrea Luschi Escif Suso33 Marga López Inocuo Noaz Mr Kern Next