Mag Magrela

Brief Interview with the renowned Brazilian Street Artist.

“In my case, I came from the street walls to canvas and the two are equally important to me. I need introspective moments, when I'm working on a canvas and I need the time in the streets, it is inspiring feeling of free and  having direct contact with people is. This is how I feel complete.”

 

Mag Magrela is someone who has always felt the need to embrace her creativity but it wasn’t until seven years ago that she found street art. Since then she’s been taking the streets of Brazil by storm with her vibrant and unique style. Much of her stylistic inspiration comes from her father. Using a predominantly orange and blue colour palette is something that Mag credits him for.

 

“The color palette came about in an intuitive way where I realized that the orange contrasted incredibly with the gray walls of the city. It's beautiful. It draws attention. My father used these tones frequently on canvases that he painted: blue and orange. Perhaps the memory of the city where he was raised as a young man in the wilderness of Bahia, where they have a blue sky and cracked red earth were the influences behind the colours."

 

Magrela is deeply connected to her environment and street art gives her an opportunity to express so many of the Brazilian sub-cultures that are most important to her. 


“I express this theme with symbols of some of the cultures we have here in Brazil, such as: black culture (with its protection entities), indigenous (with connection to the earth, and nature) and the sacred feminine (a woman connected with it herself and the planet). These are things I feel and believe.”


Women and the female form have become a recurring subject for Mag Magrela as she feels “comfortable and satisfied with this figure… Early in my career I was drawing male characters with a certain childishness and gradually in parallel with my personal life was deconstructing that picture. The more I drew the more I connected with my personal universe. In order to bring movement to the characters I copied poses of my own body, I was subtly reaching for the figure of the woman…”

 

Representing women as a graffiti artist and using the female form as the basis of her art isn’t unintentional. Mag wants to be heard;

“I believe that because of the education that man receives from childhood, which is to be out working or with friends in the bar, and the woman only serve the domestic environment. The arts as a whole; literature, music, art is the reflection of a male-dominated society where minorities have no voice. It’s no different in graffiti and galleries… From childhood I have had a sense of freedom that I can do what I want. I have always done things people believe to be girls and boys ‘things’. I grew up with it, so never limited myself to stop doing something as a woman. I began to notice that I was one of the few girls on the skate and graffiti scene, but only thought that girls were not keen on staying on the street, doing sport or drawing. Anyway, if being spontaneous is a feminist, then I am.”

 

Currently Magrela is finishing her first book ready for publication. It will document the past seven years she has spent as a graffiti artist (launching in August 2015 being distributed by Montrobooks). She is also part of the Collective Mulataria project, working with other Brazilian artists who will be artists in residence and graffiti mural painting in Italy, as of June 2016. Plans for a solo show are on the cards too. 

 

Mag Magrela certainly isn’t one to shy away from breaking stereotypes whilst at the same time not undermining what it is to be a woman in a male-dominated industry and with all her refreshing enthusiasm we can’t wait to see what more Mag has to offer.

 

“I question a lot, I'm eternally unsatisfied, someone who wants to always change and be my best at that time. I live what I believe rather than live in fear because society dictates that I have to be like that!”

Words By Beth Elgood

Patterns Of Play - A Celebration Of Football Art Design And Culture

Opens 27th August 2015 - 6:30pm

Exhibition Runs: 27/8/15 - 12/9/15

Following on from the successful Alan Partridge exhibition, we are teaming up with Patterns of Play to curate an exhitbion celebrating the art of football. 

Pattens of Play is a football design studio based in Norwich, UK. They produce modern football art inspired by a passion for typography, illustration and bold graphic design. They also create a platform for other artists and designers to help promote and get their football based artwork out there. 

The exhibition will feature limited edition prints, original artwork, photography, vintage football memorabilia and a homage to local amateur football teams. 

The artists featured will be both local and international with the majority being in attendance for the opening night - an occasion that will see the Moosey Art Gallery transform into a football mecca. From astro-turfed floors to real stadium seating. The opening will also feature refreshments from Chang beer and free gifts from Mundial Magazine and Macron.

This exhibition will also be an opportunity to raise money for local charity It's On The Ball. 

For any more info contact frazer@mooseyart.co.uk

'Cook Pass Babtridge' Opening Night - 30th July 2015

To launch our exhibition celebrating Alan Partridge we hosted a party fit for a Norfolk DJ. The event was in collaboration with Adnams Norwich who sorted everyone out with countless beverages throughout the night whilst the sound system played countless Kate Bush hits. 

The exhibition runs until Saturday 22nd August. If you are unable to attend the event but want to check out the work on display then please contact frazer@mooseyart.co.uk for a PDF catalogue. 


The London Police confirmed for 'Cook Pass Babtridge' 

"The greatest artists since the guy who invented the disposable bee gasket made out of a matchbox" 

 

'Cook Pass Babtridge'

'Cook Pass Babtridge' 

Group Exhibition Celebrating Alan Partridge 

30/7/15 - 21/8/15

On Thursday 30th of July we will be opening our 4th exhibition 'Cook Pass Babtridge'. The exhibition sets out to celebrate the great Norfolk DJ Alan Partridge using artists from all genres. Whether it be a sculpture of his head to an illustration of his beloved 'Toblerone'. This show is definitely one for the Partridge lovers out there. 

Artists confirmed are: 

Mr Penfold, Vinnie Nylon, Will Barras, The London Police, Mr Millerchip, Mister Skribs, Jamie Andrews, J.Cook, Obit, Liam Clark, Joel Benjamin, Colin Self, Zhion, Parlee ERZ, Ruth Knapp, Liam Painter, Anthony Zinonos, Gnasher, Tim Biddle, John Scarratt, Matt Whitehead, Print To The People and many more. 

Doors open at 6:30pm on the 30th with artists in attendance and refreshments courtesy of our sponsors 'Adnams' 

Free Entry 


'Stolen Icon' Solo Exhibition By Cote Escriva 9/7/15 - 25/7/15

 

As the month, that began with the closing of Barras and Plaetz’ hugely successful show, Near Future, draws to a close we at Moosey are already thinking ahead to our next exciting installment of art. Finally we are able to give you the lowdown and it is with this is mind that we bring you Coté Escrivá, an artist hot off the Valencian press. A Spanish artist who combines his love of graphic design and art to create twisted imagery, subverting what we expect and delivering instead a combination of both the familiar and unrecognisable in the form of his solo show, “Stolen Icon”.

“My intention is always to capture the attention and not remain indifferent,” said Escriva when he was first asked to describe his aesthetic; “I like to play with characters or things that already exist and give them a twist. Some people think my work is a little dark (I like to abuse the black, usually draw tattoos, monsters, and things like that) but on the other hand it also has a childish touch. I think certainly that it's the result of everything that has influenced me over my life.” There is certainly an undeniable poignancy to seeing childhood favourites “frankenstiened” together, their excited poses frozen yet still the product of a televised youth.

It is no surprise that Escriva has fed an insatiable appetite for art from his early youth, poring over the exact cartoon characters and styles he now rearranges effortlessly as an adult in his everyday work. The playful, imaginative edge has never waned however. “My textbooks always ended daubed from top to bottom. At that time I used to draw devils, strong monsters, people doing skateboarding, surfing, drawing the things I liked. I also drew comics with classmates as protagonists.”

“There is Picasso phrase that I liked, "bad artists imitate, good artists steal".” Escriva laughed, citing Banksy as an approver for the ethos which inspired the recycling of the well-loved imagery of many a childhood. “For this exhibition that has been the focus, almost literally, I have stolen some of the icons of pop culture, as Warhol's campbell soup or banana, the Coke bottle, the Michelin Man and of course some animated characters given them a Cote twist.” When visiting Stolen Icon, Escriva has in mind a vision of how the reactions to his pieces will play out; “the first moment when you recognize a character, your first reaction is that it looks familiar to how you had always seen it in the past, but then you look for a while longer and you realise what you expected to see doesn’t fit, maybe that's what I like about my drawings, I like being able to blow people’s minds a bit.”

The show begins on Thursday 9th of July, runs all the way through until Saturday 25th and is absolutely worth a visit for the unique imagery combining the familiar and the unexpected that Coté Escrivá seamlessly demonstrates.

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