Street Art piece
Street Art Museum Amsterdam
Icy born 1985 and Sot 1991 are artists from Tabriz Iran currently residing in Brooklyn N.Y. the two brothers starting doing stencils in 2006, they have been contributed to Iranian and international urban art culture through their murals interventions, video + installations that depicting human rights, capitalism ecological justice, social and political issues . Their work appears on walls and galleries throughout Iran and globally. Through their artworks they envision a world free from borders, war and violence.
The fact that the young Iranian brothers Icy (34) and Sot (29) are called the 'Banksy of Iran' is not without reason. In their own country, their work is not only considered controversial, it is even banned. Nevertheless, the work of these street artists holds up a mirror to current Iranian society. With their work Icy and Sot offer an idiosyncratic view on themes such as oppression, fame, freedom, war and dreams.
Very bad / Almost illegible
A boy figure executed in 1-layered stencil style and only using 2 colours - black and white is reflective of the graffiti artist, walking the streets alone. There are 3 sizes all of each are present in this series of 7.
The stencil work is inspired directly by Bansky's tradition in the way the figure is arranged, the use of black and white and the colour only in the main element, as well as the dialogue in the space where it is located. The work - as in Banksy's case - evokes strong drama and intimacy, with the figure of the child walking silently and alone, counting his steps with his head bowed. The figure of the child conveys sadness and empathy, one wants to accompany him on his walk, and this is certainly the effect the two artists want to achieve, especially if one thinks of their cultural background and their line of action.
Icy and Sot always look for the appropriate medium to give their ideas the greatest resonance. Through their unique visual language, they have been delivering powerful, moving statements on the present-day human condition, tackling important issues such as human rights, detention, women’s rights, the plights of migrants and refugees, climate change, or the pitfalls of capitalism. Their commitment is reflected in the materials that their artworks are made of: barbed wire, iron wire, old rusty shovels or oil cans. All raw materials that the artists divert and transfigure to give life to pieces of art that are full of poetry and fragility. However Icy and Sot do not mean to lecture anyone. They are content with reflecting the truth of our times through their own language. And turn it into a work of art.