Leo Bianchi’s sinuous, squiggly characters are the faces of this year’s Global Peace Film Fest | Arts Stories & Interviews | Orlando

A 1974 pop solitary that could be the unofficial concept track of the World Peace Film Competition requested plaintively, “What is so amusing ’bout peace, adore and being familiar with?” At the 2021 iteration of GPFF, artist Leo Bianchi delivers a dozen pop songs to visual lifetime in assistance of the fest. Not that just one, but nevertheless, it really is a playlist deeply anxious with alter for the better.

GPFF founder Nina Streich chose Michael Jackson’s “Recover the Entire world” as the official theme of the fest for its professional-change, pro-child lyrics. And “Recover the Earth” is just a single of Bianchi’s paintings at Do the Evolution, the GPFF-affiliated exhibition presently hanging at CityArts.

Pearl Jam’s “Do the Evolution,” Consider Dragons’ “Radioactive,” “Land of Confusion” by Genesis and additional are illustrated by Bianchi — or in point, by his artist’s nom de brosse, GMcFly — in Do the Evolution. Their sinuous, splurty lines belie the weighty matter matter, drawing in the viewer and turning that grin exterior-in.

Argentine-born Bianchi, a designer at the moment working with Orlando-primarily based branding organization Larimer & Co., delivers a vintage-cartoony vibe to his works. He’s impressed by the “rubber-hose fashion” (so referred to as for the characters’ rubbery, jointless limbs) of early animators like Ub Iwerks, Tex Avery and the Fleischer Brothers — but even if you know practically nothing about the record of animation, you can expect to react to these flexible bois, advocates all for social justice.

“For some, the United States is a true manifestation of the ‘American Aspiration,’ nevertheless, for many men and women the two nationally and globally, essential human and civil legal rights are abridged and jeopardized with a judicial process that has eroded self-confidence and have faith in,” claims Bianchi. “It is my want that my artwork opens up dialogue and sparks modify.”

The sparks will fly at CityArts by means of Oct. 17.