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Colectivo Licuado - Direct Connection

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Edd Norval
October 14, 2019

It might be because there are more than one of them that Colectivo Licuado seem to be able to channel both the physical and spiritual essence of human connection in their impressive murals that remind passersby of the transcendent power of companionship.

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The pair hail from Montevideo, Uruguay, a city that isn't one of the world's leaders in street art, yet. However, it has all the markers of being one to watch. Interesting artists arise from the South American streets, carrying with them a strong flavour of the continent.


One of the leading names on the vanguard of the city's cultural growth is Colectivo Licuado, a pair whose style sees various artistic influences coalesce in a contemporary melange of drama. This drama is subdued though, as the human connection at the core takes precedence - a factor that may have something to do with their very origins as artists.


Creating a name that fits is something that sometimes happens, or sometimes doesn't. There's no right or wrong way, yet these two have managed to get it just right, even through their growth. Licuado is basically the mixture of fruit in a blender to make a juice - the combination of various elements coming together to make a greater whole. It was the idea of bringing various elements together that first inspired them as their style began to take on the contours of collage.

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Although the style is now very much removed from their roots in collage, the concept isn't. Instead of various elements, they have each other to writhe around artistically, drawing upon one another's strengths, sensing out what feels right. The intimacy of their work is quite profound, where the connection between the pair comes alive through the connection of their subjects.


Often the characters are bound to each other, whether through the way their eyes meet, or a simple and delicate touch. What occurs is something cathartic, a seance of human science being lived out through the imagination of two Uruguayan artists who are able to evoke the most raw and important factor in what it is that makes us human - connection.


Strength and defiance seem to beam out from the works, where the message seems to be clear: we are better together. Joy is something that can be enjoyed alone, but that same moment greatly amplified by the presence of another. In Colectivo Licuado's art, we see that these are people who, like you or I, are better when bolstered by another. It's not weakness looking for a crutch, but a vision realising the strength it needs to manifest doesn't always come solely from within.

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