February 25, 2012 — March 24, 2012
PRISM is pleased to present "Miss You", an exhibition of new paintings and sculptures within an immersive installation by Brazilian artists Os Gemeos.
In "Miss You", Os Gemeos plays with fantastical notions of magical realism. It is a visual exploration of the Twins' interest in life’s natural magic, its dreams, sentiments, surrealism, realizations, relationships, love, hate and ultimately underlines their intrinsic curiosity to question everything around them. Through their visual language, Os Gemeos creates a beautiful universe populated with their iconic characters and introduces the viewer into a vibrant world of imagination that stems from their subconscious.
For this exhibition, Os Gemeos takes the viewer through a labyrinth of visual constructs fashioned from the artists’ minds. Upon entering the exhibition, the viewer is transported into an alternate world filled with color, light and sound. While each work reverberates individually, together they expand through a range of pictorial styles and concepts. In "Do Outro Lada Da Lua (The Other Side of the Moon)", 2012, the Twins incorporate stripes, opposing colors and perspective tropes to give the optical illusion that their signature yellow character is trapped in a falling position. "Miss You" asks the viewer to let go, to be naïve, to resist reality, if only for a moment, and accept a world where dreams and imagination are allowed to flourish.
Os Gemeos, the Brazilian twins Gustavo and Otavio Pandolfo, are best known for their fantastical and expansive large-scale installations and murals. The main influence of their work comes from the surroundings in which they grew up. They began to experiment at age twelve on the walls, objects and materials in the megalopolis of São Paulo. This helped shape their aesthetic vernacular into a distinct and recognizable style. Os Gemeos work as one unit in every aspect of their creative process, from the paintings to the more recent animation videos they incorporate into their installation environments.
Os Gemeos garnered attention in 2005, when they exhibited at Deitch Projects in New York. In recent years, they have participated in solo and group exhibitions in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco. They have also exhibited internationally across Europe, Latin America and Asia, as well as their native Brazil. Os Gemeos were included in The Art in the Streets exhibition at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles in 2011 and will be exhibiting at the ICA in Boston in the summer of 2012. This is their first solo exhibition at PRISM.