|The 'indignant ones.'|
You probably see Toxicomano's work every day, on walls throughout Bogotá. Opinionated, irreverent, blasphemous, colorful. He's one of Bogotá's best-known graffiti artists.
Now, Toxicomano's also indoors, in the new Juan Salas Gallery tucked behind the Bosque Izquierdo apartment building on Carrera 5 in La Macarena. Moving graffiti art indoors is a funny thot, since far fewer people see it. When I visited the gallery, I was alone, as seems usual for art galleries except when they're giving away free wine and appetizers.
Still, the exhibition was interesting for the way that Toxicomano associated his works with headlines, using them to make pointed comments about society. Unsurprisingly, Toxicomano seems to sympathize with student protesters, is critical of misdeeds by the Catholic hierarchy, dislikes the mass media and
|On the illegal traffic of wild animals.|
The exhibit is scheduled to continue until March 13th.
|'We are not false positives.'|
|Gallery owner Juan Salas.|
|A paramilitary flees with public money.|
|My dog Parchita in the gallery.|
|Pope Benedict, public enemy No. 1.|
|The mass media opens your eyes?|
|We the ugly are much more beautiful.|
Juan Salas Galería (Cr 5 N° 26A-50, piso 3, Torre Bosque Izquierdo)
Open Mon-Fri 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Saturdays 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours, which offers graffiti bike tours.