Canemorto (Dead Dog) Across Italy

Gutteral grunts of smeared color across lumpen or attenuated limbs akimbo, eye balls bulging and staring with body language and gestures happily inclusive, the Canemorto trio are grotesquely entertaining many a wall across Italy these days.  Neneboy, Zenop, and Azz the One are three Italian Street Artists “who paint together as a single person” using the name that means “dead dog”.

Canemorto. Milano, Italy. (photo © Canemorto)

Not exactly mannerists like Il Parmigianino, you can still see the painting DNA of a rich cultural heritage inform their freewheeling  hand even as they elongate and distort and recolor, letting the street encourage spontaneity, as it often will. Like a dead dog along the roadside, you may feel a little put off, but you also feel compelled to inspect it nonetheless. And perhaps take a picture. In a way, that could be the intention.

Here we look at recent pieces from Milano at night, a work made in Lodi in collaboration with EmaJons and Cripsta, and a work made in Saronno. A special shout out to photographer El Pacino for the excellent black and white night shots.

Canemorto. Milano, Italy. (photo © El Pacino)

Canemorto. Milano, Italy. (photo © El Pacino)

Canemorto. Milano, Italy. (photo © El Pacino)

Canemorto. Milano, Italy. (photo © Canemorto)

Canemorto. Milano, Italy. (photo © Canemorto)

Canemorto with EmaJons and Cripsta in Lodi, Italy. (photo © Canemorto)

Canemorto with EmaJons and Cripsta in Lodi, Italy. (photo © Canemorto)

Canemorto. Saronno, Italy. (photo © Canemorto)

Canemorto. Saronno, Italy. (photo © Canemorto)

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