b. [ ATHENS, GREECE ]all artists
A sea of objects is how b. describes...
his colorful and detailed mural. From far away you may not be able to make out the individual forms and how they interplay with each other, but as you get closer you can see Christmas trees, stuffed animal characters, military tank, birthday cakes, hamburgers—anything and everything that people consume or throw away. “I’m influenced a lot by supermarkets, TV advertisements, all these huge toy stores, all that architecture of shopping, which is everywhere.” b. believes that we make a pattern of random things in the choices we make, and he wants to show that this is the world that we create.
“For a long time, living in Athens, Greece, I was thinking about what can I do to show a little bit how I am feeling about the life we live and what is happening. It’s like a crisis of not having things, especially in Greece because of the big economic crisis and debt. You feel the problem is not just that you don’t have, but you’re trying to get more and more. People are rethinking that in Greece, so they can appreciate a really nice tomato. I did a piece in Athens with an SOS flag, as if to say, ‘Save us from the mess we’re making’ or ‘Save us from ourselves.’ I was thinking that we must start with ourselves instead of waiting for someone to come in from somewhere else to save us.”
b. painted the Wynwood Walls in its third year, and it was his first time in the United States. He easily made connections with other artists and local people, and he describes the project as a community of inspiration. Also trained as an architect, b. finds the Wynwood Walls space particularly interesting because it has a number of uses or functions—as a gallery, a bar, a restaurant, a pedestrian area—in an open space. “I think a lot of people will copy this idea around the world,” says b., who can be found working on a wide variety of projects at his studio, thisismybworld.