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Inspiration: Guerra De La Paz

July 14, 2010

Guerra De La Paz - "Tribute" (2002)

I was surfing on the amazing Booooooom blog (yes, with that many O’s) when I spotted this artist’s amazing work.

I absolutely love excessive yet tasteful uses of the same material in art, especially when there’s bright color involved. His work is so powerful, yet with clear messages and much room for interpretation. What do you think he is trying to say?

"Six Thai Trannies" 2008

"Overflow" (2002)

Here is more of his work, in a dramatically different tone:

"Crawl" (2003)

"Little Atlas" (2008)

I love how he gives so much character to the uniforms above. My mind immediately associates them with a specific personality of a young soldier, with distressed or despaired emotions, and in a specific setting of war. How would a different uniform (i.e. a police uniform or doctor scrubs) make the inferences of the work different?

For more, visit his website.

45 Comments leave one →
  1. July 14, 2010 9:51 am

    Wow…never thought of clothing in itself used as the medium! The canvas perhaps, but not the medium. This stuff is great.

    Not sure what to interpret from it all. The camo ones have an obvious anti war theme I would say though.

    • David M. permalink*
      July 14, 2010 9:53 pm

      Anti-War? Interesting theory! To me, it’s almost like war photographs in a newspaper, as if the artist is objectively showing the exhausting and despairing nature of war. But it’s cool that you saw a clear anti-war theme. Thank you for sharing!

  2. July 14, 2010 9:52 am

    Really like the last two. Neat! Thanks for sharing. Any interesting, unique idea is always appreciated.

  3. July 14, 2010 9:54 am

    Amazing use of a “common to all of us” medium!

  4. July 14, 2010 9:58 am

    Unusual – but very interesting! Great color in the first shot!

  5. July 14, 2010 10:27 am

    To me, the first art piece photo seems to represent a mushroom of exploding light that has been refacted into the rainbow. The moment seems frozen in time as it has been stopped from it’s expansion, so those viewing can absorb it’s power.
    The second piece with a similar theme, seems to represent light showering down upon us. The fact that the artist has chosen simple fabric to represent these feelings, makes me think he wants the viewer to see the simplicity of common everyday things affected by light.


    • David M. permalink*
      July 14, 2010 9:57 pm

      Very nice interpretation, Robert! I hadn’t considered the idea of exploding light. It’s interesting to think of light, a weightless property, in connection to the heavy, tangible fabric.

  6. July 14, 2010 10:28 am

    These images of art feel personal. The fact that these are garments brings it home to people, and trul invokes the personal. The shapes, spectrum and impact are phenomenal!

  7. July 14, 2010 12:22 pm

    I think with the clothes maybe he’s showing how we are a society of consumption with all of the clothing, I mean when you actually see it like that, in that form, that could be in someone’s closet but for me it shows how much we consume. The war ones I think you’re right about showing soldiers in different situatons of war. I think the first one looks almost like he’s wounded (the crawl) the second one may be a thought on the affect of war on the world (the atlas) with the globe underneath him. Just my thoughts.

    • David M. permalink*
      July 14, 2010 10:00 pm

      Wonderful thoughts, Sarah! I had thought of consumption and materialism when I initially saw the first images, too.

  8. July 14, 2010 12:42 pm

    How wonderful to have used old clothes to make art! I know that artists have an affinity for being able to see things that the rest of us can’t, “i.e. that you can use pots and pans to make art or as this artist has done – clothes,” but I think that this is pretty incredible. Art and the way that people create it, never ceases to amaze me. Thank you for sharing this.

    With Love and Gratitude,

    The Intentional Sage

    • David M. permalink*
      July 14, 2010 10:05 pm

      The use of everyday objects to make art is incredible, isn’t it? However, I wonder if out of a gallery space setting, this would be seen as art. If the same pile of clothes were in someone’s bedroom, would it still be considered artistic, or just a coincidentally pretty pile?

      How much does environment determine the impact of art?

  9. July 14, 2010 12:53 pm

    Beautiful pic

  10. July 14, 2010 1:20 pm

    Very interesting. There’s something shocking, yet very comforting about this. Especially in his first two pieces.

  11. mrnormall permalink
    July 14, 2010 1:24 pm

    Amazing work, amazing artist!

  12. July 14, 2010 2:06 pm

    Oh, this artwork is simply fantastic. Although, I think the top photograph is beautiful, I can’t help but notice now the garments are piled haphazardly, so that the sleeves flop down the sides of the pile. On closer inspection, the clothes look a little like bodies, something akin to pictures of WW2 concentration camp victims, except with more colour. Which makes me think that perhaps, the beauty is supposed to be symbolic of our ignorance. Clothes are often manufactured in third-world countries, by people who are paid little and treated worse, but the subject matter is concealed, and often, being human as we are, we forget the pain that is behind the beauty of something we are wearing. Similarly, the second photograph looks to be like hanging bodies, and the third looks to me as though people are climbing over each other to get to the top of the building. A symbol of western greed perhaps?

    Or perhaps not, and my mind is more disturbed than I like to think. Thank-you for sharing.

    • David M. permalink*
      July 14, 2010 10:13 pm

      Fantastic interpretation, Alice! You’ve given me another perspective I hadn’t considered.

      The pile of clothes could indeed be seen as bodies, which would make sense considering the whole intent of clothes is to cover a body. That idea would certainly make a connection between the pile of clothes and the soldiers’ uniforms. Without the uniform, can the soldier be considered a soldier? How much do our clothes define us, and is it more or less important than how we define them?

      Perhaps the artist is trying to emphasize the personification of clothing, and how central it is to human identity.

      Thank you so much for sharing! :)

  13. July 14, 2010 2:40 pm

    i think i don’t know what he is trying to say. but i’m pretty sure that it’s a powerful form of art mixed with a small and simple message. great photos. i love the “Little Atlas”. there is so much expression and character in it.

  14. July 14, 2010 2:57 pm

    Some amazing work and interesting,
    how fashion photography becomes totally obsolete
    with this type of clothes presentation, no?

    • David M. permalink*
      July 14, 2010 10:20 pm

      Interesting thought, sannekurz! I wonder how much influence the additional factors in fashion photographs (the beautiful model, the great lighting, the striking poses) contribute to the appeal of the clothes. Which part is really secondary?

      Like with large crowds of people, individual characteristics get lost amid the impact of the whole work. I wonder how much of an impact the first image would have if there were just a few pieces piled together. How does the volume of clothes contribute to the response we get?

  15. July 14, 2010 2:59 pm

    Impressive. Thanks for sharing. :)

    Cheers, Niconica

  16. July 14, 2010 3:16 pm

    – omg, I LOVE IT! SO COOL!

  17. July 14, 2010 5:54 pm

    I LOVE the first image!

  18. July 14, 2010 6:04 pm

    Extremely thought-provoking, thank you so much for sharing this.

  19. Rob permalink
    July 14, 2010 7:36 pm

    Great post

  20. deirdrela permalink
    July 14, 2010 9:41 pm

    I think he’s trying to say we have too many clothes. Out of the closet!

  21. July 14, 2010 10:30 pm

    Gosh…this is amazing……I don’t think there are works of art like these in Peru (where i am from)…but I really really love the second: “Six Thai Trannies”. Simply awesome.

  22. samayeam permalink
    July 14, 2010 10:31 pm

    i have too many clothes that are lying in my closet like that, haha did you run into my room? jk :)

  23. July 14, 2010 10:42 pm

    Well thats very inspiring!

  24. July 14, 2010 11:25 pm

    Wow.Very great.It’s good art idea.I like “Crawl” (2003) picture.

  25. July 14, 2010 11:49 pm

    cool..n btw, thanx for teh web link

  26. July 14, 2010 11:54 pm

    Thanks for introducing me to such a cool artist!!

  27. July 15, 2010 12:11 am

    that’s pretty cool..
    it’s difficult to create something like that..
    people said that idea is so expensive..

  28. sayitinasong permalink
    July 15, 2010 2:26 am

    Wow, that’s different. I am not so sure on the “piles of clothing” but the human figures… mesmerizing!!!

  29. July 15, 2010 4:01 am

    This is so awesome. I’m glad you were Freshly Pressed. Thanks!!!

  30. July 15, 2010 6:05 am

    Nice picture.I want to see other.

  31. Margaret Mair permalink
    July 15, 2010 7:29 am

    A very interesting post – thank you for introducing me to these artists.

    Their work seems to be based on a strong sense of irony, their use of clothing in these pieces – fabrics and colors used with intention and attention to detail – adding a layer of meaning to their creations which would not be there if they had used a different medium. We use clothing to define ourselves and our place in the world… We each bring our own interpretations to every piece of art we look at, but here I think the artists have given an indication of theirs in the titles of each piece.

    Again, thank you. Interesting blog, interesting life – wishing you well.

  32. July 15, 2010 6:04 pm

    To express thru out an item that’s so common to us is amazing! I like it!

  33. July 17, 2010 2:02 am

    great photos..


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