Magazine article Eye : The International Review of Graphic Design

Brazilian Soul Street Party

Magazine article Eye : The International Review of Graphic Design

Brazilian Soul Street Party

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BRAZILIAN SOUL STREET PARTY

A tree grows from the belly of a surprisedlooking corpse, straight through the lid of his glass coffin, overlooked by a casually dressed skeleton giant, emerging from the dirt of a graveyard. Sad-eyed madonnas share glances, tongues and even intestines with stylish death's-head angels. Poor dwellings are painted with rich and colourful patterns, letters and potent imagery: chalices, flasks, thorn crowns, hexagonal eye sockets and crucifixions. Welcome to the dizzyingly visceral world shown in Calma, The Art of Stephan Doitschinoff (Die Gestalten Verlag, [euro]39.90, $65, £35).

Brazilian artist Doitschinoff (b. 1977) has had a second life as street artist Calma, yet his work is light years from the urban taggers of New York City and nothing like the pichações (see Eye no. 56 vol. 14) of São Paulo, where he grew up. In an interview with Tristan Manco, Doitschinoff explains that the literal meaning of his pseudonym is 'calm down', but that it also comes from con alma / c'alma, meaning 'with soul'. …

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