How and Nosm
How and Nosm (Raoul and Davide Perre) are identical twin brothers known for their large scale graffiti based murals that adorn city walls around the world. The red, black, and white-based imagery is instantly recognizable and commands attention through the impressive size and the intricate detail. Initially the color palette was limited for practicality but instead has become a distinct calling card and formal choice that has allowed these artists to push spray paint to a new level.
Born in Spain, German in heritage, and currently residing in New York, their influence appropriately extends internationally. Whether you visit South America, Europe, Asia, or cities around the U.S. you will be likely to encounter their work. Commissioned and facilitated, they have become sought after artists, an ironic progression, where the outsiders have become insiders and are currently redefining what constitutes graffiti and public art.
In the beginning, the twins first encountered graffiti as young teenagers. Skateboarding and tagging were the influences until the aerosol can was first introduced and the range of colors and options seemed endless. The traditional letterform art of graffiti writing was learned and they earned their stripes painting names on trains together.
The closeness between the brothers is inspiring. They finish one another’s sentences much like they continue their lines on mural walls and work in sync without hesitation. One ends and the other begins, their complicated yet effortless contours twist and turn like a three-dimensional maze. There is a flow present that is part of this process that allows their individuality to merge for a unified statement. Something that seems essential for artists who work on a large scale.
The limited palette and complicated compositions in all their work is visually mesmerizing but once the viewer is over the magnitude of the accomplishment, the activities within the artwork keep you coming back for more. Their stylized characters seem friendly but when looking carefully they are involved in some very dark activities. Alcoholism, betrayal, abuse of power, and other repulsive actions are ongoing. As you peel back one layer, another story is revealed that further complicates the message and meaning. A world that appears very dim and dark yet treated with respect, it’s as though a mirror is being held up to society, a dizzying effect that requires patience and time to unwind.
The aerosol can is paramount in all their public works and is the essential ingredient they use to raise this imagery to new levels. Precise execution and determination is what has driven them. Their style is essentially who they are as artists and people as a grittiness is hidden beneath levels of thoughtful design and bold form.
- Andrew Schoultz
- Camille Rose Garcia
- Clare Rojas
- Cleon Peterson
- Dana Louise Kirkpatrick
- Deedee Cheriel
- Ernesto Yerena Montejano
- Estevan Oriol
- Evan Hecox
- Gary Panter
- How and Nosm
- James Cauty
- Jamie Reid
- Jen Stark
- Jim Houser
- Keith Haring
- Lee Quinones
- Mark Mothersbaugh
- Maya Hayuk
- Monica Canilao
- Neck Face
- Ravi Zupa
- Richard Colman
- Ryan McGinness
- Shepard Fairey
- Space Invader
- Stanley Donwood
- Thomas Campbell
- Tim Armstrong
- Winston Smith
- WK Interact
Day Time Exhibits
Join us in 2016 for an exhibition unlike any other curated by Shepard Fairey. Artwork will be available for purchase at the event.
Tickets to the exhibit will go on sale in Spring.
A Single-Day Pass gives you full access to explore over 40 world famous street and contemporary artists.
Feel free to walk in any time during daytime hours (10AM – 6PM).
Tickets will be $12* at the door.
Children 10 and under are allowed in free with a ticket-holding adult.
Full Cash Bar available.
Evening Aftershow tickets sold separately.
Art Alliance 2014 was proudly sponsored by Hennessy.
A portion of 2014 event proceeds were donated to Chicago Art Partnerships In Education (CAPE).
*plus applicable service charges
The 2014 Aftershows featured a live performance from Nas, Z-Trip, Deltron 3030 and DJ Shepard Fairey.
2016 Aftershow details coming soon. Join our E-List to be the first to know.
while you experience each unique installation and exhibit from The Provocateurs.
Artwork will be available for purchase at the event. Doors at 9PM, show at 10PM. Advance tickets may be purchased above, at a discounted rate of $20. Tickets will be $22 at the door. 18+
Full Cash Bar available. Capacity will be limited.
Art Alliance is proudly sponsored by Hennessy.
A portion of the event proceeds will be donated to Chicago Art Partnerships In Education (CAPE).
About Art Alliance 2014
One of the largest art shows ever assembled, the 2014 Art Alliance: The Provocateurs, featured trailblazers of the art world such as Shepard Fairey, Swoon, HAZE, Space Invader, Dzine, Mark Mothersbaugh, FAILE, Ryan McGinness, Winston Smith, RETNA, Stanley Donwood, Monica Canilao, Clare Rojas, Estevan Oriol, Evan Hecox, Gary Panter, Jen Stark, Camille Rose Garcia, Revok, Cleon Peterson, D*Face, WK Interact and many others. 2016 information coming soon.
The show was far more than a typical exhibition, combining world class art with experiential and interactive components such as: music, public art, panel discussions, charities, local community interests, and education.
In 2014, the Art Alliance: The Provocateurs exhibition took place during, and in partnership with, Lollapalooza, one of the largest music festivals in the world, which draws hundreds of thousands of culturally sophisticated and creatively curious visitors to Chicago each summer. The energy and vibrance of our selected visual artists parallels that of the musicians who rock the festival every year. Cross-pollinating with the Festival allowed the art show to reach beyond the all-too-often narrow audience for art.
The 2014 event was proudly sponsored by Hennessy.
Art Alliance: The Provocateurs was held at Block Thirty Seven, 109 N. Dearborn Street, in a beautiful 25,000 square foot loft-like space encompassing an entire city block in the heart of the Loop.
A portion of the event proceeds were donated to Chicago Art Partnerships In Education (CAPE), an organization which inspires students to be passionate about their education by weaving visual and performing arts into their classroom lessons. They bring academic subjects to life through art, and partner teaching artists with Chicago Public School teachers to develop original, creative lesson plans.
Are you interested in partnering with or sponsoring the 2015 event? Please contact Courtney Graber Trucksess for more info.
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Are you interested in partnering or sponsoring the event in 2016? Please contact Courtney Graber Trucksess for more info.