«2 Portals» by Betan Prismas

Betan Prismas Interview about his project «2 Portals»
21-09-2021

Name of the Street Art piece that has modified the urban space: 2 Portals

Location : Valencia

Year : 2021

1- If you had to choose a Street Art piece that you created, as a transformation of the urban space, which one would you choose? How does this Street Art piece denote urban space metamorphosis?

Under the bridge October 9 of Turiá Garden, on the wall just below the architect Calatraba made his first bridge in the city of Valencia, it was a space where no one went or sat, people passed by and did not stop; until that anonymous, empty and gray space now has life, color, and generates other points of view, gives a new context. People passed by and did not stop; Now it has not only become an artistic space but it has also allowed people to be in it, sit, rest, meet up with, contemplate, and has generated an environment and background for photographs and videos in this media world.

Betan Prismas – «2 Portals» @betanprismas https://www.instagram.com/betanprismas/

2- Why did you make this Street Art piece in this urban space? Was it the town hall or the property owner who authorized or asked you to create it? Can we consider this work as illegal/vandalism or legal, what is your criteria?

I did it for an Art festival in the city, called “Abstract” in collaboration with a cultural association “Zedre” and the city council.

Betan Prismas – «2 Portals» @betanprismas https://www.instagram.com/betanprismas/

3- What is the message you want to communicate through this Street Art piece? Is it related to the urban space where you did it?

In this mural, I wanted to reflect two portals or doors or dimensions; the first one, painted in all colors with it geometric lights and prisms, where is the world of the perception; what you can see with your physical eyes. And the second one, is the plane of uncertain emptiness, the subtle world, the passage to another dimension, a higher frequency; that our eyes and our idea of ​​the world in three dimensions cannot understand due to the physical limitation of our senses. What human beings perceive through our senses are nothing more than subjective realities that are part of a vast universe of a plane of consciousness that goes far beyond what we can see.

Introducing ideas such as energy in the quantum field as infinite concepts and realities not observed from our material reality.

Betan Prismas – «2 Portals» @betanprismas https://www.instagram.com/betanprismas/

4- How was this work integrated into the urban space? What was the interaction that the inhabitants of this city had with your project? Did they participate in its creation?

In this mural, I wanted to reflect two portals or doors or dimensions; the first one, painted in all colors with it geometric lights and prisms, where is the world of the perception; what you can see with your physical eyes. And the second one, is the plane of uncertain emptiness, the subtle world, the passage to another dimension, a higher frequency; that our eyes and our idea of ​​the world in three dimensions cannot understand due to the physical limitation of our senses. What human beings perceive through our senses are nothing more than subjective realities that are part of a vast universe of a plane of consciousness that goes far beyond what we can see.

Introducing ideas such as energy in the quantum field as infinite concepts and realities not observed from our material reality.

Betan Prismas – «2 Portals» @betanprismas https://www.instagram.com/betanprismas/

5- Do you think it is important that the local people participate during the production of your work and that they become artists modifying the urban space or do you prefer to carry out your projects alone without anyone seeing you?

It depends, there are projects where the community participates by witnessing the process, as explained in the previous question, in my experience the interaction with the artist it has been beautiful, it is the feedback of what you are doing live. Very nice people have come to visit me in the walls and even to help or bring me something, like water or food, very kind. You learn about the local people, you interact, you learn about different ways of thinking, feeling, living; they tell you stories, etc.

On the other hand, there are other projects where I have been and they have participated with me, calling out young people from the community; And it’s a totally different experience; Because you are more as a guide giving the orientation, explaining how to do the work. It is difficult, at least for me, since I am a very perfectionist and my work is very delicate and requires a lot of patience, so I have had to let go of the idea that it have to be perfect, but to see it as a joint work, with several hands, with different practices and artistic knowledge.

Betan Prismas – «2 Portals» @betanprismas https://www.instagram.com/betanprismas/

6- According to you, what is the criteria that determines your Street Art work modifies the urban space and why is your work considered aesthetically well done?

In this wall, from the Festival, I have proposed an urban art intervention within this great green axis on the community of Valencia. In the Garden of Túria, it is an intervention within an artistic route that consisted of 11 artistic interventions on anonymous spaces, along its route. An artistic route, which can be done on foot or by bicycle, uses art as a dynamic tool for public space and gives it an aesthetic approach. Converting an urban garden of such magnitude, with more than a million square meters, into an open exhibition space; bringing artistic manifestations beyond the exclusively museum sphere to the entire community.

7-What is the “historical future” of your work? Should we take care of it, preserve it and repaint it as if it were a museum’s piece of art? Or should it be allowed to age with the city itself?

Let it be what it has to be. I have done several murals that I have spent a lot of effort and time in making and they have lasted a month or two weeks; because they were in spaces where they placed a time setting for an artist; To progress, continue with a different one and this helps to detach yourself from the work.

Just as I have others that have the necessary treatment for their conservation and remain intact over time.

Betan Prismas – «2 Portals» @betanprismas https://www.instagram.com/betanprismas/

8- How does your work add value to the urban space in which it is produced?

It offers a new look at the architectural elements, helping to beautify and energize the walls through artistic manifestations in spaces that are currently bare, empty or even degraded. It is to provide visibility and a new approach, in this case, in the Turia garden, my participation in conjunction with the participation of other artists, has helped to create an open-air museum within the largest urban garden in Spain.

Betan Prismas – «2 Portals» @betanprismas https://www.instagram.com/betanprismas/

9- What were the difficulties that you encountered during the completion of your work modifying the urban space?

The first difficulty was to find a curved wall, I thought about the photo that it was smooth in peak, and when I arrived I realized that all that corridor in accordion was in curves, if there is something complicated and difficult it is to make lines in curves and that they remain visually as straight lines; so it was a great challenge for me. The other was the wind, there were like three days that the breeze was very strong and a great enemy of the spray is the wind, since it lifts the painting particle parts in the air and does not paint, or carries it to the spaces that should not be painted. I had to wait at times for the wind to stop and in some cases achieve a kind of cover with the same material where I made my stencil to used it so that the painting would not pass to the other sides.

Betan Prismas – «2 Portals» @betanprismas https://www.instagram.com/betanprismas/

10- Why is urban art important to modify the urban space? What sort of projects are you planning to do in the future ?

There are projects that I am waiting for a financing response to be able to carry them out. Meanwhile I am working on a series of works on canvas with wood and iridiscent acrylics, and on a series of books with an American publisher.

Betan Prismas – «2 Portals» @betanprismas https://www.instagram.com/betanprismas/

Interview conducted by Art Bill – journalist and owner of Street Art In Action.

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