This past Saturday I attended the opening for Conectado: Connecting at the Creative Alliance in Baltimore. I personally know the artists collaborating on the piece, Jaime Bennati and May Wilson, and I was really impressed with the installation they had put together. Jaime and May had really transformed the space, with a totem-like structure of cement cylinders (casted by May) and shipping pallets, intertwined with wire. Not only was this a visually compelling piece to view, but also was interesting to look at the individual assemblage.
Both artists have spent time in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, (with Jaime spending upwards of a year there), and Conectado: Connecting is a reflection on the vibrant street culture present in this city. Wires present in the favelas, candy and fruit sold on the street — Jaime and May have referenced it in their installation. The large pallet and cylinder structure felt monumental, lumbering over the attendees of the show, a remark on the rapid speed of Brazil’s growing economy. Also, projected on one wall (which I failed to capture), were bus routes on Google Maps, flipping through different streets at a rapid, almost dizzying pace.