Sam Rodriguez & Poesia Unrest Mural
Sam Rodriguez and Poesia used an opportunity by Empire Seven Studios, to create a mural with a deep meaning rather than one that is solely aesthetically pleasing. The idea behind this mural was to express how there is a sense of unrest in today’s society, where people are rebelling through current events such as riots, protests and urban warfare. Sam Rodriguez uses his talents to paint figures using an old masters renaissance style while Poesia pushes his abstract style to tie in the ideas of unrest into a dope beautiful mural. They purposely left room for improvisation to demonstrate that there is a constant need to discover new processes and expressions in painting but also in society.
Here is a quote from the artists about the meaning behind their collaborative mural. This collaborative mural was an idea that came to us through conversations about referencing figures from AP news sources and deconstructing them using our current visual language. The figures we chose to reference are characters in modern day dramas and current events such as riots, protests, and urban warfare. For this reason they unintentionally express a sense of unrest. We singled these figures out in order to study the tension they portray. We also intentionally abstracted their space in order to decontextualize the stories they were in so the focus would become more about a human experience instead of a political one. Compositionally speaking, we wanted to create a sense of suspended motion which reminds us of the stylized constructs of the old master renaissance painters. With that in mind we gathered and selected at random the most striking images to us in current news. Sam sketched the chosen figures and I created a loose composition for the wall. We then brought the visual ingredients of these different dramas happening all over the world into one seamless and cohesive picture plane. We intentionally left room for improvisation which is a key element in the type of painting we do. In doing so we allowed ourselves opportunity to discover new process and expressions through color, linear deconstructing and gestural marks. Techniques we employed through the mural included fatcap mark-making which we consider our contemporary “brush stroke”. We set out to bridge various forms of fine art painting, and graffiti in attempt to capture our interpretation of modern day drama.