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Jorge Rodriguez Gerada  Barcelona, Spain

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'Maria Tudela'
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'Yousif Manama Bahrain'
Charcoal

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About Jorge Rodriguez


Jorge Rodríguez-Gerada is a Cuban American contemporary artist. He is a founder of the New York Culture Jamming movement and an innovator in the international urban art scene. Since the late 90´s he has been replacing the faces of cultural icons chosen by advertisers with the faces of anonymous people to question the controls imposed on public space, the role models designated and the type of events that are guarded by the collective memory.

Jorge describes his work by saying, “I chose charcoal for its transparency and ephemeral quality. I involve the visual narrative of the textured wall instead of covering it. These time-based portraits gradually deteriorate. They become a metaphor of the fading of life, of fame and of the things we first thought were so important. The creation of the “Identity Series” is also an act that is environmentally sound and at the mercy of the natural world. The pieces fade away like the warmth after an embrace. The photo realistic drawing is only an aspect of the piece. The importance of the piece is the whole process of creation, destruction and memory.”


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Leon a leigh

08.01.2013 @ 12:45 PM

Interesting. site

Regino alvare

12.16.2012 @ 12:46 PM

Increible calidad de su trabajo,absolutamente admirable!!!!!!!!!!

Ladycassandra

11.03.2012 @ 1:26 PM

Absolutely stunning and I particularly like your choice of eco-friendly charcoal. Your work is supurb.

Jeff

10.30.2012 @ 9:24 PM

Awesome!

from an iGoogle user

10.30.2012 @ 9:09 PM

I love the Buddha head! Why don't American cities allow artists to add interest beauty and culture to otherwise oppressive looking parts of our cities? I feel sure that -as long as they are harmonious with the local residents cultural roots, it could inspire our 'Lost Children' to find a new positive way in their lives!

from an iGoogle user

10.30.2012 @ 8:13 PM

wow,,,i wanna DO that!

from an iGoogle user

10.30.2012 @ 6:00 PM

nice work

from an iGoogle user

10.30.2012 @ 5:47 PM

awesome

from an iGoogle user

10.30.2012 @ 5:09 PM

looks real

from an iGoogle user

10.30.2012 @ 4:19 PM

cool

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