“Move over, Banksy. Street art has a new bad boy.” – THINK CONTRA
”Graffiti collaborators ICY and SOT have gained a reputation for layering stencils — up to six layers! — to create ghostly, fading, multi-layered images….the work looks great!” -MTV
Meet artists, skaters, and brothers Icy and Sot from Tabriz, Iran, although you may have seen their art throughout the streets of the world. Typically when you think of art from Tabriz, rugs, monuments and Safavid-era mosques of the 1500′s come to mind; but these guys but these guys are changing all that. Think Warhol, distinctively focused on social issues, with elements of rage, hope and humor, all the while laden with influences of the punk/skate scene that they, along with fellow Neverheard artists the Yellow Dogs and Free Keys, helped create.
Not long after Banksy began working on the infamous wall on the Gaza strip in 2006. the two brothers started to do stencil and quickly generated a buzz shortly after. Their work oftean has varying themes of peace, poverty, children, war, and dreams of youth with a pinch of sk8board culture and constantly “remind us that art has always been a mode of resistance, and graffiti has always been a political gesture.” In addition to the streets, they have exhibited their work in various underground galleries all over Iran and even sold out a group show at the premiere street /underground art gallery, Crewst Gallery in Los Angeles ,California
Their meaningful work has propagated interest beyond the geographic borders of Iran and now have their art on the streets of Paris, Turin, and even Sao Paulo. Stay tuned to see what’s next for Icy and Sot and take a close look when you’re on the streets because you may just see their work…especially you New Yorkers!
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