09 Jul 2014

Friends With You

“FriendsWithYou is the fine art collaborative of Samuel Borkson and Arturo Sandoval III, working collectively since 2002 with the sole purpose of spreading the positive message of Magic, Luck, and Friendship™. As artists working in a variety of mediums, including paintings, sculpture, large-scale experiential installations, public playgrounds, published works and live performances, FriendsWithYou’s mission is to affect world culture by cultivating special moments of spiritual awareness and powerful, joyous interaction.”

I just wanted to highlight what a cool company Friends With You is. They are a post-pop take on almost all mediums and beat to their own drum. Anyone who does that wins my heart. The fact they are influenced by happiness found in everyday life shows what kind of people and culture they keep.

More from their site:

FriendsWithYou’s most important artistic tactic to foster these interpersonal relationships is the use of play. By reinterpreting religious traditions, symbols and spiritual practices, FWY invert solemn and serious ideas through the act of play to open up a connection to the divine. Many FriendsWithYou works reference toys because they are meant for play, a tool for unstructured free association and interaction. Their sculptures and paintings, inflatables and objects are meant to trigger the buried, neglected urges and yearnings that a seasoned art viewer may not expect to have activated; playfulness, laughter and inquisitiveness, with an end result of feeling connected. Influenced by the simple happiness found in everyday life, FriendsWithYou’s work is designed to be accessible to all.

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