When street artist Cadu Confort emailed me pictures of his drawings that he said were inspired by “aspects of his urban life”, I admit I sighed before opening any of the attachments. We repeatedly hear these well-worn terms about what stirs an artist, but rarely do we get to see it. I suppose that’s the diplomatic way of my saying – ‘saying that doesn’t necessarily mean the accompanying work reflects that’. But the more we corresponded, the more I became interested in how his work correlated to the life in Brazil he so often mentioned.
“Would you be up for shooting some pictures to show our readers what inspires you?” I asked him.
“Sure, it will be a pleasure and a challenge. Some of my favorite places are sometimes far from home … I’ll ride my bike through the city and shoot those pics.”
He warned me that he wasn’t a professional photographer and that his camera was “shitty.” But a few weeks later I received photos that embody that oxymoronic term “pretty-ugly’” – they are gritty, unfocused, random scenes that depict an honesty far beyond what I could have imagined from that now altered term “aspects of urban life.” – Ginger
The message Cadu sent along with the following photographs…
“There’s a gap between what inspires me and what I do with these inspirations. It’s a little hard to relate the pics with the artwork directly, because there is a strange process in transforming what I see day by day into what I do. The imagery leads me to do the artwork. I got used to all the ugly and sketchy stuff you can find in a big city. So I try to transform all those things in something ”beautiful” or funny, but the real deal is that I can’t get rid of the ugliness, the cranky faces, the visual pollution and all those ”bad” things… especially because I live in Rio and I stay far from that colorful- beach-life-rich-nature-happy-people stuff!
There are some pretty sketchy places here in Rio, and they are usually my favorite places when it comes to aesthetics, but I had problems because it’s really not cool to shoot photos of it … at least here in Rio. It’s a shame because I’d really like to show you the “worst”(as people use to say) side of the city that I love. Stuff like having a hot dog and a good chat with old hookers in Copacaba, funny kids on the streets making fun of rich people. Drunk people. Bar life. This kind of stuff you can only find in the night of big cities.” – Cheers and Abraços, OBRIGADO !
Wanna check out some of Cadu’s work …then click here.