I don’t know how I even have the brain cells to type this, never mind how I formatted this thing. I’m in the throes of thesis writing, but I have to trust that it’ll all work out. At the end of the semester, my brain can take a brief nap. In the meantime, it’s got to hustle. Fortunately, the guys at Triangulo Dorado made today’s post easy for me. For the sake of my sanity, I left it in Q & A format. Here we go:
Q: Where are you from and where do you work now?
A: We are Peter and James Panichelli, Vicente López, and Francisco Ferreyra. We live and work in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Q: Where did your name come from?
A: The name came about as a need to create a recognizable entity for us, a neat way of working. The triangle is a magical and mystical symbol in itself, and individually we each used in our work. El Dorado is valuable, what shines. You could say that the name represents the valuable Golden Triangle union.
Q: Where have you bombed? Do you have a favorite city and why?
A: Long ago, when we were kids, usually we painted on the walls of the train tunnels. However, that situation did not last long, as we had several problems with the police. Now we never paint without the permission of the owner of the site unless it is abandoned. We did not have many opportunities to travel to other cities, but we enjoy painting in any place where the work can be seen by many people.
Q: What do you do when you’re not an artist?
A: This is what we enjoy doing our job. I think there is no time when we are not even thinking about painting.
Q: What other artists Influence you?
A: Many artists influence our work: Pablo Picasso, Egon Schiele, Gustav Klimt, Franz Kline, Pierre Soulages, Piet Mondrian, Adolf Gottlieb, Matisse, Klee, Van Gogh, Rodin, and so on.
Q: What are your earliest memories of pursuing creative endeavors?
A: Our parents are painters, writers and teachers, so they always encouraged us. We’ve been painting and drawing since we were kids.
Q: How did you start out? Were you inspired by what you saw on the streets or did you create your own style?
A: The act of painting in the street started as a way to share work with others. Over time, we realized the scope of what we were doing and what we could broadcast to others. This made us rethink the message type, shape, etc. You could say that we try to have a formula for doing things. We try to give our best and still be fresh.
Q: Did you have any initial fears?
A: We were not afraid. We wanted to do the best we could with what little we had.
Q: How long have you been putting your work up?
A: Since 2007 onwards.
Q: How have your style evolved? Why?
A: Over time, our work has become more methodical. In many cases, the form of approach is different. Every day, we try to make the image have more and more to do with the message. We try to be increasingly accurate with what we want to convey.
Q: What motivates you to get out there?
A: We like the reception of art in the street. It is for everyone.
Q: Tell me about a great adventure made possible by street art.
A: This is a job where every day you meet someone new. Every day is different. No two days are alike.
Q: Have you ever been part of a crew? What are the pros and cons of such membership?
A: In our case, we consider teamwork as important as the work itself. It is very valuable to what each member contributes to the group. It helps us grow both as a group and individually.
Q: If you participated in graffiti tagging or old school, what are your thoughts on the similarities and differences between that scene and contemporary street art?
A: At first, we did traditional graffiti. However, three of us attended fine arts schools and became art teachers. We had training prior to graffiti, unlike many people who perhaps first approach art through graffiti. You could say that we use the spray as a tool. We appreciate graffiti in general. It is a tool that can help many young people to express themselves well. It generates a sense of freedom.
Q: What’s the most obscure place you’ve ever bombed?
A: In an abandoned water tunnel under the railroad tracks.
Q: What would you like to convey to your work to people who either encounter it on the street or in the gallery?
A: We are interested in creating climates of meditation and reflection. We try to create positive messages.
Q: What are you working on now?
A: We are doing some paintings on canvas for a private collection in Italy and painting in the street, which is what we like.
Q: What do you think street art will be like 10 years from now?
A: The truth is that I have no idea. For our part, we hope to get better doing what we do.
Thanks so much, guys! Now it’s time for me to peace out, because my dad is coming to visit this weekend! Plenty of adventures and good times await. See you Monday!