Computer Arts - - Showcase - by Craig & Karl www.craigand­

Cre­ated for Show­case ITCH, an an­nual fes­ti­val that brings to­gether lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional artists, Optimystic is a new in­stal­la­tion by il­lus­tra­tion duo Craig & Karl in Gu­atemala City that pro­vides a mod­ern take on the cen­turies-old cus­tom of saw­dust car­pets. These are tra­di­tion­ally cre­ated on city streets as a path­way for cer­e­mo­nial pro­ces­sions, and rep­re­sent an im­por­tant rit­ual.

“Lo­cally, the saw­dust car­pets are ex­pres­sions of faith and com­mu­nity cre­ated in a cel­e­bra­tory at­mos­phere,” ex­plains Craig Red­man. “In cre­at­ing one, our aim was to adopt and ex­tend these ba­sic pre­cepts, in­tro­duc­ing our view­point and tak­ing it some­where new that felt rel­e­vant to our lives, without wholly sev­er­ing a con­nec­tion to their tra­di­tional role within Gu­atemalan cul­ture.”

“Our cre­ative act is in­her­ently one of op­ti­mism,” adds Karl Maier. “It imag­ines a bet­ter, richer, more en­light­ened world.”

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