Ludo says “Enjoy the Violence”

Ludo is on the street right now in New York putting up his combinations of pretty and violent work, and he’s happy to be here. Thursday he will be ready to welcome you at his show at Jonathan Levine Gallery in Chelsea entitled “Fruit of the Doom”, which he says is sold out. We caught him putting up his newest pieces in Little Italy and in Bushwick that present the oppositional sides of man’s darker nature with natures generous beauty.

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Ludo in Soho (photo © Jaime Rojo)

“People either love my work or hate it,” said Ludo yesterday about the images of nature perverted by weaponry and the growing militarism of society.

“I like this,” he declares.

It’s good to see that after many campaigns of culture jamming in cities around the world and despite his gradual climb to popularity and commercial success, Ludo has the same attitude he had when wheat pasting with us one windy day in 2010. “Certainly street art is a bit of sociology,” he told us then, “I mean you try to grab what you can from the society and incorporate it into your work and then take it back out to the streets with your personality in it.”

So that is why you see brass knuckles growing from a rose, and a lime cockpit that has morphed into a hellfire missile launching helicopter, “It’s more about everything that stupidly rules the world… guns, technology, humans, new gadgets – That is what I like to take and remix and give a message,” he told us.

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Ludo for the L.I.S.A Project NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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The new wheat paste in Little Italy is a reprise of the piece just sold at auction in Paris about 10 days ago entitled “Enjoy the Violence”. Ludo for the L.I.S.A. Project NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Ludo for the L.I.S.A. Project NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Ludo for the L.I.S.A. Project NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Ludo for the L.I.S.A. Project NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Ludo for the L.I.S.A. Project NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Ludo for The Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Ludo for The Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Ludo for The Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Ludo for The Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Ludo for The Bushwick Collective. The art in the background is by Street Artist Sonni whose time on this wall had already run out, according to the organizer who rotates the artwork. Artists are given the opportunity to paint in this Brooklyn neighborhood and he advises the artists that their art will run only for six months. In this case due to weather and logistics the wall wasn’t buffed prior to Ludo’s arrival, and Ludo’s piece is pasted directly on top of it. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

LUDO’s first USA solo show “Fruit of the Doom” opens this Thursday, February 2o at the Jonathan Levine Gallery. Click HERE for details.

 

A previous version of this posting characterized this show as “sold-out” without attribution to the artist. We apologize for the omission.
 
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