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 kstanley@ticotimes.net. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Kenzo treks to the vivid Asian jungle

first_imgAP Fashion WriterPARIS (AP) – Kenzo understands color.For spring-summer 2013, the French house founded by a Japanese designer travelled to the South Asian jungle _ to return with one of the strongest and subtly vivid menswear collections of the season.“We were inspired by a trip to Thailand last year,” said one half of the design duo, Humberto Leon.Down the catwalk trekked bright camouflage prints, deer-stalker hats and even canteens with a harness to stay hydrated. New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Top Stories Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Comments   Share   center_img “I wanted to give people a survival kit: everything they might need if they were stranded in the jungle,” added Leon.But the flirtation with the tropics was just the far-flung concept.The true strength of the show lay with its grounded and subtle working of tonal color _ a trick that few designers manage to grasp.Light short-sleeved shirts with rolled sleeves and wide Asian-style deep-pleated pants came in yellow, blue and orange.But the clothes’ color was muted, not primary: a careful effect produced by carefully dying material to an exactly matching tonal strength.The rare result was comfortable harmony.It invoked founder Kenzo Takada’s key philosophy: Clothes should be wearable.Flashes of vivid color occasionally punctuated the muted palette.Camouflage print in flashes of bright jewel tones made sure of that _ print, another of Takada’s codes given good mileage here.The intense, hazy patterns perfectly captured the rainforest’s dappled light, while referencing busy Asian fabric patterning.One of the must-haves of the show was a pair of pleated baggy pants in florid vermilion.On their sophomore outing in menswear, Leon and his design partner Carol Lim passed with flying colors. Sponsored Stories More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements ______Thomas Adamson can be followed at http://Twitter.com/ThomasAdamsonAP Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairylast_img read more

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Shanghai Longfeng external links on the site ranking analysis

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5 benefits of standardized web production

web standards, this is a problem every day in a commonplace talk of an old scholar, webmaster circles, all paid the production template, website reconstruction and other information, the webmaster to site appearance and ER attention. But in our view today, there are many websites that do not meet the requirements of the current web site standard language.

for many years, many webmasters have become accustomed to using the form of website appearance construction, and today, DIV+CSS is undoubtedly the highest frequency we have seen. Perhaps many webmaster will say, since TABLE can also have good performance, so why must use CSS? Then we’ll talk about CSS, about website production standardization of the 5 advantages. read more

Jewelry store management skills sharing

we know that the demand for jewelry, jewelry store is also very profitable. However, I would like to open a good jewelry store can not be so simple, there are many problems need to pay attention to. So how to do jewelry store management? The following eight strokes very practical.

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Matador steak – how to join a

western restaurant steak shops are more and more, of course, the brand makes these steak items are also good or bad, investors tend to have a reputation of the steak project, such as matador steak.

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Cosmetics shop opening process is divided into eight steps

if you are interested in the cosmetics industry, you may wish to learn more about the skills to open a cosmetics shop, the basic process is also needed to guide the shop. For people who have just entered the cosmetics industry, it is not an easy thing to want the right shop, then we will look at the following, want to open a cosmetics store processes and methods.

A, determine the operating mode if it is determined to open a cosmetics shop, then shop process the first step is to finalize the store business model, you need to run a brand of cosmetics, is to operate many brands of cosmetics. In addition to skin care products, but also to the shop to add some life care products (such as shampoo, perfume, shower gel, etc.), make-up, nutrition, food, etc.. If the business model is determined, we will be able to determine the brand owners to choose your purchase channels. read more

Car mat ten brands ranking

buy a car is equivalent to we bought a refined decoration of the house, until the real need to use, also need to have more decoration, which is a product of automobile demand is very big. Among them, the car mat is a collection of water absorption, dust absorption, decontamination, sound insulation, protection of the main functions of the five main functions as one of the automotive interior trim parts. Car mat belongs to the interior decoration, protect the car outside the car clean, play the role of beautiful and comfortable embellishment. Here, the small series for the introduction of a wide range of car owners ten car mats ranking, thereby giving convenience to people’s choice. read more

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Datong County, one ring and three lines demonstration with the charm

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Qinghai Tibet Plateau has the capacity to produce V gasoline products

as of November 2nd, V Golmud refinery gasoline product quality upgrade project successfully put into operation, and stable operation of 10 days, the smooth production of qualified products, marking the Qinghai Tibet Plateau has the ability of producing country V gasoline products.

Golmud refinery is located in the Qinghai Tibet Plateau, which is responsible for supporting the economic development of the two provinces and regions of Qinghai Tibet, supporting the construction of national defense, and protecting the production of plateau. In the face of a series of new requirements in recent years, ecological civilization, ecological province, the new environmental protection law and the new situation, Golmud refinery has always been to the construction of circular economy as the goal, constantly optimize the refining and chemical production run, to produce clean energy products, boosting economic development and environmental protection of Qinghai Tibet plateau. read more

Xiwang to Qinghai Normal University and then throw an olive branch

for 6 years, the support of Qinghai Normal University Women’s basketball Qinghai Xiwang Group, once again to the college students an olive branch – June 14th, Qinghai Xiwang Group Ningbo Asia Garden Hotel and cooperation signing ceremony held at the Qinghai Normal University training base.

"women’s basketball has become a name card of Qinghai Normal University, located in Ningbo normal university practice base will become a major bright spot of school enterprise cooperation. Qinghai Xiwang Group will as in the past to support the development of women’s basketball, I believe they will achieve better results." Qinghai Xiwang Group Chairman Chi Liqun said.


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How to investigate the barbecue buffet project

now, self-service barbecue more and more popular, has become a good project for many investors to start a business. However, different barbecue brand different flavor, brand development potential is also different. So, you want to open a barbecue friends, do you know how to investigate barbecue items?

self-service barbecue industry prospects a lot of opportunities, choose the suitable project is the key to know the barbecue buffet franchise business should be reasonable, excellent organizational functions clear, scientific and efficient management of the organization, so that the chain runs efficiently. read more

Treatment of customers can not blindly no principles

because the customer is God, because the customer is our God, against the customer, may let the store business to develop, it is because of holding such a mentality, now many shopkeepers on customer is really no principle, what customers want, is just a meet. In fact, as a retailer, will meet the customers every day of every hue, some customers for goods and, some customers even if we buy cheap goods they also said that our price is expensive. In the face of critical customers we must control emotions, even if the heart can not attack the gas, or simply choose to silence them, or in a calm mood to explain the euphemism to customers. read more

10 key elements of successful management

enterprise inevitably cannot do without human financial and material, production, supply and marketing of these six basic elements, can talk about how to make enterprises continue to grow, continue to grow, in addition to the rational use of these basic elements, should also further strengthen the concept of enterprise management.

1, profit always placed in the first

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