The conventional view of art is as a means to create or capture beauty, but some artists prefer to do the opposite, such as Graphic Airlines, a creative duo whose illustrations about the “aesthetics of ugly.” Tat and Vi, the two members of this artistic tandem, have been working together for a long time, but only recently started making waves artistically in 2006. They do produce conventional artistic objects like paintings, but also put their art into people’s everyday lives by lending their touch to ordinary items such as staplers and erasers. People can even wear their art, since Graphic Airlines also makes their accessories line. Deeply steeped in Hong Kong’s street art scene, their character designs teem with pudgy people in ridiculous clothes, as well as gelatinous-bodied creatures. Ugly—and yet somehow charming.
It is no surprise that this pair’s idea of “error” is tied up with their “ugly” art. To them, being truly creative often begins with deviating from what many others consider to be correct or normal. Thus, starting off wrong can actually lead you in the right direction as far as art is concerned: a mistake or error is actually the correct way to go.
Today’s Bite of the Day: “Error”
a deviation from accuracy or correctness; a mistake, as in action or speech: His speech contained several factual errors.
“Creation is oriented from error, created from differences and deviations, nothing is perfect. In art, error is correct.”
Statement by Graphic Airlines- creative duo from Hong Kong.