In January 2014, Marisa and I visited Buenos Aires, Argentina. The city has developed a rich tradition of street art; a compilation and introduction to many of the artists can be seen at graffitimundo.com. Our visit provided the chance to extend the creation of overlaid collages first developed in 2012 at the Del Mar Fair.

None of the "subjects" in Graffiti Mash-Up actually exist in the natural world. How can that be? These images have not been created by manipulating single-image photographs in Photoshop. Rather, each photograph has been created by overlaying two, full-frame, 60-megapixel photographs. This has been done in a way to allow the viewer to see the bottom image "through" the top image. The composite image created is unique and is a product of the choice of what to photograph, of how to frame the subjects, and of which subjects to overlay. At the same time, the Graffiti Mash-Up images are also heavily reliant on the artistry of others who have left their striking works of art on the streets of Buenos Aires. Also included in the Mash-Ups are overlaid images from works by well-known artists such as Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, Federico Botero, et al., displayed at the Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires ("MALBA"). I am indebted to all of these artists without whom my work would be a blank frame!

For completeness, I've included in the 2014 collection a rework of two images from the 2013 Del Mar Fair, "The Jacksons" and "Jackson and Consort." These were recreated as a part of the Graffiti Mash-Up project in 2014. The older versions of these "Mash-Ups" can be seen in the Del Mar Fair, 2013 collection.

The 10 Mash-Ups, "Man Woman," "Conjunto," "Red Star," "Flamingo Man," "Boy, Girl Encounter Lion," "Lips X Two," "Shepherd," "Don't Tread on Me," "Red Lips and Flamingo, Too," and "Ice Cream!" were actually created in 2015 from the digital files shot in Buenos Aires the year before.  They are included here as they thematically and artistically resemble the earlier collection.

 

Che and Ben (after BW portrait of Che in La Casa Rosada)

Che and Ben (after BW portrait of Che in La Casa Rosada)

Abaporu, 'the man who eats people,' visits Ramon Gomez de la Serna (after do Amaral and Diego Rivera)

Abaporu, 'the man who eats people,' visits Ramon Gomez de la Serna (after do Amaral and Diego Rivera)

Caution Bicycle! (after Unknown Argentine Graffiti Artist)

Caution Bicycle! (after Unknown Argentine Graffiti Artist)

1st Sheep Herder (after Unknown Argentine Graffiti Artist)

1st Sheep Herder (after Unknown Argentine Graffiti Artist)

Dos Vacas (after Unknown Argentine Graffiti Artists)

Dos Vacas (after Unknown Argentine Graffiti Artists)

Abstraction Distraction (Unknown Argentine Graffiti Artists)

Abstraction Distraction (Unknown Argentine Graffiti Artists)

Citrus Demon (after Unknown Argentine Graffiti Artist)

Citrus Demon (after Unknown Argentine Graffiti Artist)

Duck Hunters (after Segui and Unknown Argentine Graffiti Artist)

Duck Hunters (after Segui and Unknown Argentine Graffiti Artist)

Evita y su Pueblo (after Berni)

Evita y su Pueblo (after Berni)

Frida and Marylin (after Kahlo and Unknown Argentine Graffiti Artist)

Frida and Marylin (after Kahlo and Unknown Argentine Graffiti Artist)

Jackson and Consort (Woman from 2013 Del Mar Fair)

Jackson and Consort (Woman from 2013 Del Mar Fair)

Math Phobia (after Pablo Suarez and Sixe Paredes)

Math Phobia (after Pablo Suarez and Sixe Paredes)

Graffiti Artist (after unknown Argentine Graffiti artist(s))

Graffiti Artist (after unknown Argentine Graffiti artist(s))

Flamingo Visits the Boteros (after Georgina Ciotti and Botero)

Flamingo Visits the Boteros (after Georgina Ciotti and Botero)

Graffiti Jungle (after Georgina Ciotti and Unknown Argentine Graffiti Artist)

Graffiti Jungle (after Georgina Ciotti and Unknown Argentine Graffiti Artist)

Chimera (After Unknown Argentine Graffiti Artists)

Chimera (After Unknown Argentine Graffiti Artists)

Prisoners of the Economy (after Antonio Berni)

Prisoners of the Economy (after Antonio Berni)

Evita, Pan y Trabajo (after Berni)

Evita, Pan y Trabajo (after Berni)

Pareja y Gato on Brick Wall (after BS.AS.STENCIL and Unknown Argentine Graffiti Artist)

Pareja y Gato on Brick Wall (after BS.AS.STENCIL and Unknown Argentine Graffiti Artist)

Singer and Alter Ego (after Unknown Argentine Graffiti Artists)

Singer and Alter Ego (after Unknown Argentine Graffiti Artists)

Red Lips and Flamingo (after Georgina Ciotti and Unknown Argentine Graffiti Artist)

Red Lips and Flamingo (after Georgina Ciotti and Unknown Argentine Graffiti Artist)

The Jacksons (Woman from 2013 Del Mar Fair)

The Jacksons (Woman from 2013 Del Mar Fair)

Tango (after Unknown Argentine Graffiti Artist)

Tango (after Unknown Argentine Graffiti Artist)

Symbols (after Unknown Argentine Graffiti Artists)

Symbols (after Unknown Argentine Graffiti Artists)

Two Faces (after likeness of Fabrice Bousteau; Unknown Argentine Graffiti Artists)

Two Faces (after likeness of Fabrice Bousteau; Unknown Argentine Graffiti Artists)

Washington and Mao (after Nicolas Santiago Romero Escalada)

Washington and Mao (after Nicolas Santiago Romero Escalada)

Vaca y El Lechero (after likeness of Fabrice Bousteau; Unknown Argentine Graffiti Artists)

Vaca y El Lechero (after likeness of Fabrice Bousteau; Unknown Argentine Graffiti Artists)

Three Men and Flamingo (after Segui and Georgina Ciotti)

Three Men and Flamingo (after Segui and Georgina Ciotti)

Washington and Mao Too (after Nicolas Santiago Romero Escalada)

Washington and Mao Too (after Nicolas Santiago Romero Escalada)

Two Faces Too (after BS.AS.STENCIL and Unknown Argentine Graffiti Artist)

Two Faces Too (after BS.AS.STENCIL and Unknown Argentine Graffiti Artist)

Woman Man (after Nicolas Santiago Romero Escalada and Unknown Argentine Graffiti Artist)

Woman Man (after Nicolas Santiago Romero Escalada and Unknown Argentine Graffiti Artist)

Unwanted-Guests-(after-Botero-and-Segui)

Unwanted-Guests-(after-Botero-and-Segui)

Santa Evita after stained glass window in cemetary where Evita is buried

Santa Evita after stained glass window in cemetary where Evita is buried

Man Woman (after Nicolas Santiago Romero Escalada and Unknown Argentine Graffiti Artist)

Man Woman (after Nicolas Santiago Romero Escalada and Unknown Argentine Graffiti Artist)

Conjunto (After Unknown Argentine Muralist and Graffiti Artist)

Conjunto (After Unknown Argentine Muralist and Graffiti Artist)

Red Star (After Unknown Argentine Graffiti Artist)

Red Star (After Unknown Argentine Graffiti Artist)

Flamingo Man (after Ciotti and Segui)

Flamingo Man (after Ciotti and Segui)

Boy, Girl Encounter Lion (after Unknown Argentine Graffiti Artists)

Boy, Girl Encounter Lion (after Unknown Argentine Graffiti Artists)

Lips X Two (after Unknown Argentine Graffiti Artist)

Lips X Two (after Unknown Argentine Graffiti Artist)

Shepherd (after Unknown Argentine Graffiti Artist)

Shepherd (after Unknown Argentine Graffiti Artist)

Don't Tread on Me! (after Unknown Argentine Graffiti Artists)

Don't Tread on Me! (after Unknown Argentine Graffiti Artists)

Red Lips and Flamingo, Too (after Georgina Ciotti and Unknown Argentine Graffiti Artist)

Red Lips and Flamingo, Too (after Georgina Ciotti and Unknown Argentine Graffiti Artist)

Ice Cream! (after Unknown Argentine Graffiti Artists)

Ice Cream! (after Unknown Argentine Graffiti Artists)