Fintan Magee typically can knock out one of his murals rather quickly in a matter of 4 or 5 days, thanks to experience and focus. In Rome for his new show at the Varsi Gallery, he had to work between the raindrops and wind of inclement weather to create this magic realism inspired image of a woman up to her knees in a rising tide.
Originally more of an aerosol painter, the Australian is now very painterly, perhaps inspired by expressionists but able to slightly bend reality to present an immediacy that nearly speaks audibly. This image again references rising sea levels and Climate Change, a commentary on our actions and their now-evident impact on the environment, animal habitats, and our communal ecosystem.
One might say that the continuing campaign of rising waters in his murals may obliquely refer to various political tides that are washing up on streets in cities. For certain, Magee continues to sharpen his craft as he travels the world.
Thank you to Giorgio and Lorenzo at Blind Eye Factory for sharing these photos and video with us. https://www.facebook.com/blindeyefactory
Fintan Magee’s wall project was produced by Galleria Varsi and Muracci nostri with the collaboration of “Vengo da Primavalle” and ” Bronx a Colori”.
Our weekly focus on the moving image and art in the streets. And other oddities.
Now screening :
1. Wall Writers: Graffiti in its Innocence
2. Pixel Pancho: “Teseo e il Minotauro” in Rome
3. Read The Label: Blood, Sweat and Years.
BSA Special Feature: Wall Writers: Graffiti in its Innocence
The depth of scholarship and research that Roger Gastman puts into graffiti history is only exceeded by his passion for the people and the culture that coalesced in the neighborhoods and streets of Philadelphia and New York in the genesis story of Wall Writers: Graffiti in its Innocence. He opens the doors to people who until now have been hidden and difficult to reach, and gives them an opportunity to tell the story of their lives then and how crucial the graffiti scene was to their experience of the city. He also examines the impact their work had on spurring the first of various art-in-the-streets scenes that evolved afterword.
Currently on tour for the 350 page tome and the documentary film, Gastman is bringing some of these original writers to cities to meet you, and possibly you may see the film’s narrator, Mr. John Waters.
In a city steeped in art history where every camera shot looks like a classic movie scene you have to be cognizant of the critical analysis that will be directed at your new mural from every Giovanni, Adriana, and Luca who are walking by or hanging out of the window. These are the countrymen and women of Pixelpancho so he takes it all into consideration and presents a classic of his own, merged with a steam-punked futurism of robots who are rather romantic in their own way.
A full length film about graffiti and skateboarding from this moment – a collection of skate, graff, rap, beatz, cops, vandalism, illegal mark-making, and legal murals that tells a story as seen by people who do it. How much is documentary and how much is fiction? Well, there probably wasn’t a soundtrack like this accompanying all of the original scenes, that’s for sure.
Today we have new images of Italian painter/sculptor/installation artist Pixel Pancho doing a mural in the Primavelle district in Rome just after his new solo show at Varsi Gallery. Reimagining the mythological as robotic, his violent struggles are at once crushing and sensual, brutally lyrical, animatronically efficient.
Just enough gauzy romance remains in the details for neighbors in this famously popular suburb to appreciate the modern take on a classical story, and Pixel Pancho continues his passionate onward march across walls of cities around the world.
Furthering his examination of geometric forms interacting in a multi-dimensional field, Etnik creates this new mural in a Roman neighborhood in full view from your terrace. The cube forms emanate forward from a central gravity mass toward the viewer, popping off the enormous sky-blue canvas.
The wall is part of a project sponsored by the 5th Municipality of Rome Capital, on a building at Via Bartolomeo Perestrello. Initiated by a gallery in Tor Pignattara, be sure to check out the video of Etni in action at the end of the post.The “Street Heart” project is curated by Marta Gargiulo and Varsi gallery along with Massimo Scrocca and Marco Gallotta.