This summer, Fernando de La Rocque debuted his latest collection of stencil paintings, entitled “Blow Job – Work of Blowing.” Despite the seemingly sexual nature of the collection’s title, it has nothing to do with sex and everything to do with the next best thing: weeeeeeeeed.
Everything about La Rocque’s stenciling method sticks to the classic technique… except he paints by blowing marijuana smoke onto the paper. He smokes a lot to get the effect- a stain which looks like the brown resin you’d find inside of a well-used weed pipe.
You may draw whatever conclusion you want to about the fact that each painting requires about 35 joints worth of smoke, and is completed within a week of it’s start. The most obvious one probably being that La Rocque is just some pothead creating some buzz (no pun.. intended) that will quickly be forgotten. But he actually raises a good point;
“more important than freedom to smoke marijuana is the freedom to think about it…. You have to break some paradigms, this stereotype, this image of the so-called ‘stoner’.”
By combining art and the politicized topic of marijuana smoking, La Rocque succeeds in exploiting the illegality of marijuana in Brazil while also embracing freedom of expression and the freedom we should all have to light one up.