Abidiel Vicente (1975- ) resides and works in São Paulo, Brazil.
A follower of the legacy of Pop Art, this artist has become widely known for his handmade serigraph printings. His first series presented to a larger audience, named Popsi, has become a beacon of his proficiency with formal arrangements and of his understanding of art as something truly independent.
Before he created works on paper, Abidiel had conceived windows for a number of fashion labels. In 2008, other materials joined his repertoire, leading him to reuse several of them such as the steel drums (often found in dumpsters and wrecking yards) discarded by oil companies, which he used as raw material for his newly found artistic endeavor.
Abidiel started to display his immense control over techniques, mixing up airbrush and silk-screen applied onto the metal drums of varied sizes. On those drums, the artist has materialized his interpretation of popular day-by-day brands. Drums of oil companies Shell and Esso would then contain water and psychiatric medicines such as Rivotril (Clonazepam), Dormonid (Midazolam), Lexotan (Bromazepam) and Prozac with altered formulas, thus making fun of the excessive consumption of such remedies nowadays and the aggressive marketing strategies that are commonly adopted in the pharmaceutical industry. Even the logos of legendary music groups such as New Order and Joy Division were given new dimensions and were applied onto the metal drums, showcasing the artist’s connection not only to music, but also to the very aesthetical preciousness of communication itself.
H 73 (1973-) resides and works in São Paulo, Brazil.
Houssein Jarouche first started using duct tapes as a mending material. He would apply them onto worn out coverings, light switches in need of some patch, even cracked floors. His works naturally evolved from being something personal to becoming something public.
In the beginning of his career, H 73 would also apply the duct tapes onto pieces of furniture such as chairs and tables, and even streetlamps.
As the material merged seamlessly well with any surface, he also started experimenting with paper. The geometric arrangements have become noteworthy in his works as they were often times inspired by Islamic geometric shapes, thus crafting a direct connection to his personal and cultural backgrounds. He has honed his techniques through a number of studies about perspective and design, which have further enhanced his creations, their features and dimensions.
ABIDIEL VICENTE & HOUSSEIN JAROUCHE
The first work made in collaboration between H 73 and Abidiel Vicente was revealed during exhibition In Situ (August, 2014). Through their eyes and by means of a printing technique known as quadrichromie, the iconic image of model Jean Shrimpton dressed up as an astronaut in a picture originally taken by Richard Avedon gained a whole new significance. Alongside silk-screen work Pop Porn, this image has been exhibited in Berlin and London (December, 2014).