first_imgJOCKEY QUOTESFLORENT GEROUX, BOLO, WINNER: “What an amazing horse and such an amazing job to Carla and her team. She had the horse ready. Last time the horse ran better than what it looked like, it was a bit far for him being a mile and eighth and he only got beat a mile and a half so I had all the confidence in the world, I knew the horse was ready this time.“I’ve seen him run.  I’ve followed his career.  He’s a nice looking horse. Carla just gave me free reign. Whatever the horse does is fine.“Right from the beginning he broke sharp to take the lead easily so I said why take him back, the horse took a few good breathers during the race and I knew from that point he was the horse to catch.”“He ran a big race and the pace was legit. I know a few of the horses had trouble behind me. I’ll be back on him for the Breeders’ Cup.”FLAVIEN PRAT, RIVER BOYNE, SECOND:  “He ran a good race. It’s good to have him back here and he ran well with some very good horses. The winner was just too much today.TRAINER QUOTESCARLA GAINES, BOLO, WINNER: “The  first race in April was a bit far for him and he hadn’t run in basically two years, so it was sort of like let’s get him out there and have him carve out some easy fractions and see if  he can keep going. He got a little tired in the end but today he didn’t.“I’m about to cry right now, I’m really happy for my team really happy for Keith Brackpool and his group, Tim the whole bunch. They allowed me to take the time to get the horse back at a very gentile and slow pace and it worked.”“It’s hard to say in words what this means, I can’t verbalize it. He means everything to our barn, he’s the chief.“My emotions are coming from the long road back to the track with him and he’s just special. He took me to the Kentucky Derby. We didn’t do so well but we went to the Derby.“Receiving so much support from everyone and the cheers today from colleagues too, it means the world. I appreciate all the thoughts and well wishes from everyone in the game.“As I was watching I was thinking I hope we hold on, who’s going to come running at us? When I saw the 46 and four for the half it had me a little worried because the track does have some cut in the ground. I actually walked the turf course this morning because he doesn’t like it too soft, he kind of struggles in it. When I walked it, I thought it felt good.“After the first race I went to the jocks room and talked to Victor (Espinoza) and Flavien (Prat) because they’ve both ridden the horse. I asked if it was a sort of track that he’d like. I walked over it but I’m 100 pounds and he’s 1,200 pounds so that could make a difference.“It was a brilliant ride wasn’t it? He really likes a very firm surface so that was my main concern. He lost a little weight after his last start, his first start back, so that was a concern…I couldn’t find anything to worry about.(In regards to how East-Coast based Florent Geroux got the mount) “To be honest I was a little miffed. I know he’s a horse from the past and he’s had a long time off but I didn’t have a lot of guys calling me wanting to ride him. I called Derrick Lawson (Prat’s agent) and asked who Prat was riding and he told me he would call Florent’s agent as he was going to be out here riding today. I said it would be heavenly to get him because he’s such a fabulous rider and his agent told me that Florent would ride my horse. I thought he was kidding. He told me that they knew the horse and that he was capable. That’s how I got him. I have to give that one to Derrick!”JEFF MULLINS, RIVER BOYNE, SECOND:  “He’s had some troubled trips this year.  With his style, he likes that outside swoop and run. Today, we had to wait in traffic.”NOTES: The winning owner is Golden Pegasus Racing, Inc.last_img read more

5 questions for a Costa Rican street artist – We came to

first_imgRelated posts:5 questions for Costa Rican artist Dino Real – ‘Everything can be art’ 5 questions for Costa Rican artist Ulillo 5 questions for a Costa Rican fashion designer 5 questions for Costa Rican sculptor José Sancho The Costa Rican street artist known as Gussa has been brightening up Costa Rica one massive, colorful, happy face at a time. Gussa, 28,  studied architecture and has painted around the world, including Spain, the United States and Mexico, experimenting with media such as spray paint, latex paint and cardboard. Today, Gussa is working with the Integrated System of Art Education for Social Inclusion (SIFAIS) in La Carpio, a low-income community in western San José. The private nonprofit organization provides art lessons, music education, sports and more for young people with limited resources.On a sunny afternoon at the Parque Francia in Barrio Escalante, The Tico Times sat down and spoke Gussa about his life and work.Excerpts follow.Why did you choose a happy face as your image?Actually, the face wasn’t going to be a face. At first I thought it would be some rectangles with awesome colors, but once I made the rectangles it was impossible not to make a happy face… The one located at Circunvalación [highway] en route to Escazú will always be the best one. When I try to do something that’s not a happy face, I always end up making the happy face. All artists have a line. It’s very hard not to continue with that line. It’s a happy face that varies: there are 3D faces made with cardboard.The most unbelievable thing is that everyone understands it; there’s nothing to say about it, and I think that’s just epic. There’s nothing more important than being happy. Being alive is very easy. People complicate their lives. There’s too much TV, too many things happening. In the end, you’ve got stressed-out people who don’t know what to do and forget that the most important thing is to be happy. We came to this world to be happy. Complaining is very easy. Crying things out is very easy. The hard part is to find the good side to a bad situation. It’s there where art merges perfectly with the street. The places where I paint are always abandoned. It’s exactly the same thing. Gussa posing next to his artwork. Alberto Font/The Tico TimesHow do you choose your color palette?The color palette is the most important part. It’s about the brightness that light gives to the color. After various years I’ve noticed that I end up using the same colors. They repeat themselves. I’ve always liked yellow. After studying it, I realized that it’s the color that reflects the most light, but it’s also the hardest one to cover. I also like blue and light blue because of how they reflect the light. The only color that represents something to me is pink, because it’s super stigmatized by society with the idea that it’s for women only. It’s important to me because of the anarchy [it can create]: I try to use it so that people are wrong when they emit an opinion about it. If you were told that yellow is a “woman’s color,” you would’ve thought that, because you were told so. That’s what happens when you don’t question things.Which media do you like to experiment with?When I started, I always used spray paint because it does what the brush doesn’t do. With a brush you take too much time; the spray is immediate. The magic of graffiti or street art is in its velocity. Later on, though, I realized that it didn’t have to be so fast. People know that I sometimes take up two weeks to do it. I’ve lost that technique or capacity to do it fast. I used latex paint for a while, and then began using cardboard. My last pieces have been more 3D. Since I’ve been using cardboard, the paint has become a base. Something crazy about this type of art is that it only lasts for one day. I don’t worry about what’s going to happen afterwards. The next day I’m on my way to something new. It’s not something that you want it to last forever.Which is your process and inspiration to create art?Whenever I do street art, I wander around through the city, observing various things. I study a lot of places: if it’s abandoned, and if someone lives there or not. It’s a bigger process than just getting there and painting. You wonder whether a wall absorbs paint or not, which colors and lights to use. It’s a process of investigating the city, exploring what to do and how to do it. There are places that are better due to location, shape or ease. I’ve traveled to Mexico, New York and Barcelona to do street art… I decided I would create paintings [to sell] to see what it was like. It took me two years. I made them to take the thought out of my mind. I’ve always wondered why people buy paintings. They didn’t have as much of an impact on my life as the [happy] face paintings on the street.My biggest inspiration is death. Death makes you act. Today could be your last day, and what are you going to do? I’ve got to do something productive that fulfills me. We’re all going to die. Death comes with a lot of fears. You’ve got to laugh and not worry so much. “Bucutum” is Gussa’s latest artwork, located in Barrio La California. (Courtesy of Naty Aguirre)How do you plan to improve Costa Rica with your art?I’m starting to work with SIFAIS in La Carpio. I have a clear goal to make La Carpio an incredible place. Within these communities, there’s a greater possibility of making a change than with what I normally do, painting walls around the city. In these places the potential to overcome adversity is minimal. These people take more advantage of opportunities. I’ve painted twice in Tirrases [a low-income area in Curridabat, east of San José] and it’s amazing to see how the children want to go to painting classes. Everyone wants a better community. I want to stimulate them, support them, and let them know that there’s a better life out there.It’s unfair that they don’t have an education, that their parents can’t educate them well and that they don’t have the opportunity to be happy. We’re all humans. We’ve all got a brain. We’ve all got the capacity to do the same things. It’s all in how we’re raised. It’s not only about paint and colors. There are the education, culture, and love factors. All of those merged together make a change. These people from SIFAIS are making the change. In the end, we need the help from others: we’re not individual beings. Nothing is individual.Our “Weekend Arts Spotlight” presents Sunday interviews with artists who are from, working in, or inspired by Costa Rica, ranging from writers and actors to dancers and musicians. Do you know of an artist we should consider, whether a long-time favorite or an up-and-comer? Email us at Facebook Commentslast_img read more