Artist: Ruben Ubiera
Title: Glory and Defeat
Medium: Mural - Painted
Size: 25 feet x 11 feet
Year Installed: 2015
Venue: Lauderhill Library at Central Broward Regional Park 4257 NW 12th Street, Lauderhill, FL 33313
Glory and Defeat enhances and supports the Lauderhill Library unique sports theme and sports-related programming. This functionally integrated mural welcomes patrons to the library located within the Central Broward Regional Park.
“My work it’s an evolution from the urban art that we have accustomed to see on an everyday basis. Not graffiti. Postgraffism. Postgraffism is – if I may describe it, a new kind of urban art. An eloquent evolution of what’s happening on the streets with graffiti and the like. The beauty (or the perception of beauty) changes with time. It evolves. So does our appreciation for what is around us. I am a product of a generation who saw, at a young age, the change from public phones to the mini-computers we all carry and call cellular phones.
Postgraffism artists are the product of this new era: The neo-illustrators and designers that are experimenting with new mediums (and media) and have been influenced by graffiti, in one form or the other. In Post graffism Lettering no longer becomes the focus. Concept and technique, can control, are what’s key. Artists who are taking the new mediums to new plateaus (conceptually and graphically). I have never really vandalized, but I grew up surrounded by vandals, studying what they were doing, being influenced by it, by its “do it yourself” kind of attitude. Studying comics, animation, video-games and the like.
Just the fact that a spray can is a custom tool of trade, speaks volumes of how new and bold this movement is. After all, the spray can is a product of the 20th-21st century. A machine. And after graffiti: a marriage of man, soul and machine.I would sum it up as Postgraffism is the evolution of graffiti art as a whole - a more thought out, formal, planned an elevated realm of urban derived creativity and visual experimentation, in which concept tries to steal the show from the technique, thus, balancing the end result.”