Jorge Pomar aka AMOR aka SURF has dropped in from Buenos Aires, one of the five top graffiti cities in the world currently, to show at Frichez nous la paix gallery on rue Denoyez. We managed to pinch an short interview. First the description of the show. The video mentioned is at the end of the post.
The show by the Buenos Aires graffiti and street artist, and muralist and photographer, finishes this afternoon, breaking down from 5pm. Jorge also has a video ‘space’ (see guy crawling into BUNKER) where you can watch a documentary on his and his compatriots work and hear insightful meditations on the experience of painting in public spaces.
Surf 2012 exhibition description by Jorge Pomar aka SURF (translated from French):
This last year, I thought a tsunami would destroy the world but finally it hasn’t arrived. Henceforth, it is a great wave of change that has occurred in which we surf. ‘Surf 2012′ is a compilation of images that speak of a universe, or even destruction, chaos and mutation shown in public areas, and in our daily lives.
Tell us about your first graffiti ‘experience
My first piece was 2 blocks away from my home in Buenos Aires with a friend called “el Tolo”. I painted a chrome blue black letters, “G4″ crew.
Why do you choose to paint in the street?
I paint in the street because its easy to communicate something in a very fast and solid way. Also its a way to expression and manifestation, whereby you’re making a change in a specific space in the way only you want. That’s a little way of being free for a couple of minutes, and to connect with your inner self in a very intense way.
How do you use context when you create work outdoors?
Context and history are very important. I think its a very interesting way of saying something when you pay attention to the context and the history of a space. I like random places to paint, those spaces you see when you’re in the street just walking and suddenly you see an artwork in a rooftop, a truck, a very very hidden space between two walls. I like especially abandoned houses and warehouses because you can be relaxed and paint for a long time and spend time making good photography. For me Photography is the second half of graffiti.
Where else have you painted besides Buenos Aires and Paris?
I painted in Spain, Belgium and England New York, Israel, Budapest, Turkey, Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Uruguay, Brazil, Cuba. I’ve travelled a lot in search of places to paint.
Tell us the influences that have inspired your style.
I’m inspired by Pablo Picasso, Pollock, Los Angeles’ old school graffiti, actual scenes of Paris, and a lot of German writers. I like a lot making connections with other people of the street art scene of the whole world.
What does street art mean to you.
Painting in the street anywhere is a way a knowing someone and a city and a culture. You connect with the writers the people passing and a alternate situation that exists just there at that moment at that wall. Painting graffiti is a magnetic thing that attracts a lot of things, very weird sometimes.
Tell us any other plans you have for 2013.
My plans for 2013 is to paint a lot, like never in life and start teaching to little kids graffiti and painting. Also maybe mix the dancing of the body and the painting in a very big space.
Website of Jorge Pomar, here.
Frichez-Nous la Paix gallery
22bis rue Dénoyez