NASHVILLE, Tenn. (August 7, 2019)—The Frist Art Museum presents OSGEMEOS: In between, an exhibition of sculptures and paintings by the Brazilian artist duo internationally celebrated for their vivid and playful public murals and studio work. The identical twin brothers Gustavo and Otavio Pandolfo—OSGEMEOS (the artists’ nom de plume; Portuguese for “the twins”)—create imagery that blends wide-ranging influences, from Brazilian folklore to hip-hop culture. The exhibition will be on display in the Frist’s Gordon Contemporary Artists Project Gallery from September 27, 2019, through January 12, 2020.
OSGEMEOS: In between features eight mixed-media paintings and two sculptures. Many of the works are populated with large-headed, long-limbed yellow figures in whimsical settings. The works tell stories—sometimes autobiographical—of fantasy, family, social change, and how tradition and progress coexist in Brazil.
Born in 1974 in São Paulo, the twins have long had a special creative partnership. “As children, they were constantly drawing together and say it was like a religion to them,” writes Frist Art Museum Chief Curator Mark Scala. “They work in harmony, even to the point of having shared dreams that inspire projects.” As teenagers in the mid-1980s, they started creating graffiti together in São Paulo, inspired in part by the international explosion of graffiti and hip-hop culture.
The duo progressed from clandestine work to commissioned outdoor murals and art gallery exhibitions. “During the 1990s, they were in close contact with the American artist Barry McGee, who met the twins while traveling in Brazil and was so impressed with their work that he offered advice on painting techniques and shared photographs of New York graffiti with them. Works like Back in the Days and the large-scale Untitled from 2008, which depict American rather than Brazilian subway cars, likely relate to this early exposure,” writes Scala.
The influence of music is seen throughout the exhibition, from the energetic colored patterns and complex rhythms in O Ferro Velho (The Junkyard) and Viagem Ao Centro De Terra (Travel to the Center of the Earth) to the sound of actual music in Irie Voice, in which round speakers serve as the open mouths of figures singing, creating a multisensory immersive gallery environment.
OSGEMEOS has produced many public projects, creating works on the sides of water towers, in a series of digital animations in New York’s Times Square, and even on the sides of a Boeing 737. “While their reputation in the art world is well established, with works in major private and public collections, OSGEMEOS has never lost sight of their desire to be accessible to wide audiences,” writes Scala. Wherever their works appear, they strive to communicate the value of feeling over reason, to help people “fly away” into a realm of pleasure and childhood delight, if just for a moment.
Organized by the Frist Art Museum
Conversation: OSGEMEOS with Mark Scala, chief curator
Friday, September 27
Frist Art Museum Auditorium
Free; first come, first seated
The twin brothers known as OSGEMEOS are known for colorful and lively paintings and sculptures, influenced by Brazilian culture, hip-hop, political commentary, and personal history, including what they call their “ludic world”—the spontaneously playful imagery they created together when they started making art as children. Join us for a conversation with the twins and Frist Art Museum chief curator Mark Scala to learn about their artistic practice and the works in the exhibition In between.
PechaKucha Night, vol. 34: From Our Streets to the Sky presented in partnership with the Nashville Civic Design Center
Thursday, October 24
Frist Art Museum Auditorium
Free to members; $10 general admission (snacks and wine/beer [with valid ID] included). Registration will open at civicdesigncenter.org later this year.
Join us for a PechaKucha Night inspired by the exhibitions Murals of North Nashville Now and OSGEMEOS: In between.
The original PechaKucha Night was devised in Tokyo in 2003 as a way for young designers to meet, network, and show their work to the public. It has turned into a massive celebration, with PechaKucha Nights now happening in hundreds of cities around the world, inspiring creatives worldwide. Drawing its name from a Japanese term for the sound of chitchat, it has a simple format—20 images x 20 seconds—making presentations concise and moving things along at a rapid pace.
Gallery Talk: OSGEMEOS
Thursday, December 12
Gordon Contemporary Artists Project Gallery
Free to members; admission required for not-yet-members
Learn more about the works in the exhibition OSGEMEOS: In between during this open-ended discussion with a Frist Art Museum educator.
The Frist Art Museum gratefully acknowledges the support of the Friends of Contemporary Art.
The Frist Art Museum is supported in part by the Metro Nashville Arts Commission, the Tennessee Arts Commission, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
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About the Frist Art Museum
Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the Frist Art Museum is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit art exhibition center dedicated to presenting and originating high-quality exhibitions with related educational programs and community outreach activities. Located at 919 Broadway in downtown Nashville, Tenn., the Frist Art Museum offers the finest visual art from local, regional, national, and international sources in exhibitions that inspire people through art to look at their world in new ways. The Frist Art Museum’s Martin ArtQuest Gallery features interactive stations relating to Frist Art Museum exhibitions. Information on accessibility can be found at FristArtMuseum.org/accessibility. Gallery admission is free for visitors 18 and younger and for members, $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and college students with ID, and $8 for active-duty and retired military. College students are admitted free Thursday and Friday evenings (with the exception of Frist Fridays), 5:00–9:00 p.m. Groups of 10 or more can receive discounts with advance reservations by calling 615.744.3247. The galleries, café, and gift shop are open seven days a week: Mondays through Wednesdays, and Saturdays, 10:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.; Thursdays and Fridays, 10:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.; and Sundays, 1:00–5:30 p.m., with the café opening at noon. For additional information, call 615.244.3340 or visit FristArtMuseum.org.