Italian street artist Etnik has created a new “Botanica Resistente” in Rome to commemorate “Liberation Day” in Italy, which marks April 25th as the end of the Nazi’s occupation and the liberation from Fascism.
He calls the colorful and abstractly organic 4-story work “Botanica Resistente”, which he says may have multiple readings. Mostly, it is “A direct reference to the toponymy that characterizes the whole district of Centocelle – with its streets named after plants, trees, and flowers.”
As a story of overcoming great obstacles and thriving in adversity, he also posits that “in the mural concrete blocks, asphalt and artificial works succumb to natural elements, giving life to a slow but gradual reconquest of spaces taken from nature.”
Completed in conjunction with the help and guidance of Mirko Pierri, curator of urban art for the a.DNA association, Etnik took about 5 days to transform this facade of the Liceo Scientifico Statale Francesco D’Assisi, between via Castore Durante e Viale Palmiro Togliatti.
Angelo Milano, the founder of Studiocromie and FAME Festival, has been courting Brooklyn artist duo Faile for more than a decade, and they finally created a series of ceramics together for his studio art business in Grottaglie under the tutelage and traditional expertise of the centuries-old Ceramiche Nicola Fasano’s workshop.
The model of hosting artists for a variable length of time and offering them cooperation with local artisans to create commercial products was part of the original concept of FAME, in addition to the well-curated placement of stunning murals on walls by artists including Erica Il Cane, Vhils, Interesni Kazki, Conor Harrington, Cyop & Kaf, Momo, Lucy McLauchlan, Bastardilla, and Ted Moneyless. Since the mural festivals’ dissolution by Milano a half dozen years ago, he’s hosted a growing list of talents mirroring his eclectic fine eye for quality, and devil-may-care philosophical stance – the solo show and rap album with the Italian trio Canemorto both come to mind, for example.
“Exploring a mix of our stencil processes and combining it with a variety of their methodologies,” says Faile (Patrick McNeil and Patrick Miller), “we created a small collection of unique ceramic plates and vases.”
The pieces incorporate the familiar pop and pulp imagery and visual vocabulary of canvasses, collaged media, wheat-pasted posters, and street art stencils on a plate. Now you can enjoy your Friselle bread and tomato salad with your favorite stenciled skateboard girl in pink while looking at a vase that may recall prayer wheels.
Collection available now via the StudioCromie Shop. Click HERE to see more.
We are seeing more municipalities and institutions settle upon aspirational messages about the Earth and environmental issues every month now – a very common theme with murals in cities worldwide.
This new collaboration combines the skills of two former graffiti artists, Mrfijodor and Corn79, in Turin, Italy. The two murals interplay Mrfijodors illustration-inspired figurative elements and Corn79’s elegant language of abstraction to adorn the façade of the Museum A Come Ambiente (MAcA).
“The focus is on the balance between man and nature,” says Mrfijodor, “a balance that needs to be re-established.”
The project is possible thanks to the contribution of the City of Turin, Area Giovani e Pari Opportunità – Torino Creativa, and the Museum A come Ambiente – MAcA.
A new secular icon today from Naples, and while this fresco is not quite Vesuvian, its sovereign purple and sunkissed golden tones and draped fabrics make it quite at home here in this historic city of classical antiquity.
Chilean street muralist INTI bespoke this vision in the Barra neighborhood, which its Wiki page says “has suffered much the same fate of urban decay as the rest of the eastern periphery of Naples, a fate that includes drugs and entrenched organized crime.”
And yet here rises the Polvera di Stelle (Stardust), a nurturing, protective maternal figure – though perhaps more Greta Thunberg than Sophia Loren – surrounded by mysticism and ancient-future symbolism.
“Look with the naked eye,
without placebos or metaphysical aspirins.” INTI tells BSA. “Look without
dogma, without wanting to rest on great truths. Look without easy answers that
calm doubts, prevents us from seeing poetry in the uncertain and in the
minuteness of our place in nature.”
The new mural is in collaboration with the Campania region and Jorit Foundation, says the artist.
It took him “5 months of brain-stress to invent it,” but Italian street artist Biancoshock can rest assured that he will be puzzling many brains in the Quartiere Darsena neighborhood of this Ravenna with his biggest ever painted wall.
sitting by your window wondering for days what #7 verticali is when Biancoshock
tells you it is “Professional designation for Enrolled Agents.” That’s likely
one of the easier clues.
“I created a real crossword puzzle with definitions in 29 different languages,” he explains, “and as you can see, the black boxes of the crossword create the word UNTOLD.” You see! You know one of the words already!
“This word evokes all the untold stories of those who traveled and struggled to get here and live in that popular neighborhood,” he says. This is Biancoshocks’ contribution to the Subsidenze Festival 2020 and the conceptual street artist says people can download the crossword with its definition and fill it in at home.
See below for a link.
1 Măsure de caracter legislativ sau administrativ emanate de un organ cu putere executivă. 8 E kunderta e fjales prapa. 13 जुगाड़ 18 The standard time which is 1 hour ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). 21 To bring people into equal participation in a social group or institution. 23 Combattimento individuale per aggiudicarsi un territorio o un bene, anche affettivo. 25 Designazione ad una carica sulla base di una votazione pubblica. 26 Tá an fhoirm shintéiseach de tair níos coitianta. 27 Sigla del país europeo que está construyendo los mures anti-migración más altos del mundo. 28 Er rauði þráðurinn í Gmail. 29 За которое следует – 47, Это самое продаваемое оружие в мире. 30 Acronym of not available. 32 El antónimo de noche. 33 Mãe sem consoante em português. 35 Journal d’information diffusé à la télévision qui peut être animé par un présentateur ou commenté en voix off. 36 L’unica persona per la quale varrebbe la pena combattere una guerra. 40 Ausencia de guerra o de hostilidades. 43 Sigla del Paese Europeo conosciuto in tutto il mondo per la sua Arte, spesso mal valorizzata. 44 Struttura che deve garantire l’assistenza sanitaria del cittadino. 45 Tutte le strade, e le buche, portano a questa città. 46 The intergovernmental organization that aims to maintain international peace and security. 48 L’extra-terrestre più famoso. 50 Corregimiento ubicado en el distrito de Pedasí en la provincia panameña de Los Santos. 51 Μία από τις σημαντικότερες θεότητες της αρχαίας ΕΛΛΆΔΑΣ. 52 Abbreviation of department. 53 Followed by “ocondria”, it represents the illness of today’s society. 54 Voce onomatopeica che riproduce il suono di un colpo. 56 Dapat kang sumunod. 57 Groep mensen met een eenvoudige samenlevingsvorm. 58 E ndjekur nga fjala “dua”, eshte deklarata me e bukur. 59 To take something suddenly or to catch a criminal. 61 Sinonim za ker. 63 Byl to tenisový turnaj mužů, který hraje na krytých tenisových kurtech v Ostravě. 64 Short word of a person who cures ill people. 67 One of the young poets who called themselves “the mavericks”. 69 E ndjekur nga shkronjat atik, eshte deti ku jane fundosur gomone me emigranta shqiptare. 70 La terra lasciata in cerca di una nuova vita, non lo è mai. 72 Ci finiscono molti giovani, a volte per curarli, a volte per distruggerli. 73 The starting grid for a migrant boat. 76 Molto spesso, purtroppo, guidano le scelte dei politici. 79 Quella del vicino è sempre più verde della tua. 80 är en svensk samhällsinstitution som innebär mellanmänskligt umgänge i kombination med intagande av exempelvis kaffe och kaka. 81 Quelli veri sono illegali. 83 Riferito a leggi, regolamenti e tutto ciò che viene imposto. 84 Sono sistemi su cui si basa la nostra società. 87 Synonym of summary. 88 The modern slave. 90 Precedido por “s”, es la compañera de viaje de tu vida. 91 Quelli urbani, sono spazi di verde comunale la cui gestione è affidata per un periodo di tempo definito ai cittadini. 93 Hate without vowels. 94 Ci finisci quando sei polvere. 95 Synonymer till kritiskt läge. 97 A támadás szinonimája. 100 Terni, in sigla. 101 Deutsche Eislauf-Union, der Sportverband für Eiskunstlauf und Eistanz in Deutschland. 102 A very rare language spoken in New Guinea, similar to Gogodala. 105 The final part of the “society”. 106 Alla fine della traversata si sentono tali, ma spesso non è così. 110 In lettere romane, è il primo a non salire sul podio. 111 Eesti pealinn, ilma N-ta. 113 The only ones who can really change the world and its rules. 115 In linguaggio farmacologico, indica il rilascio prolungato. 117 Una forma di abitazione tradizionale marocchina. 118 Sigla della città culla del Rinascimento. 119 Piccola apertura da cui fuoriesce aria, liquidi o gas. 121 Aromatic beverage loved by the Queen. 123 Preceduto da ER indica una figura sempre più in via di estinzione. 124 Det går forud for de ni. 125 Acronym of I totally agree. 126 It’s used to relieve spasms in the stomach caused by terrible travels. 127 To follow the trail of someone, in order to find him. 129 Ente pubblico preposto alla protezione del diritto di autore in Italia. 130 Abbreviation used to mark time with the same meaning as B.C. 131 Anche quello che stai leggendo qui, a modo suo, lo è. 132 The postal code used to make mail travels more efficient and quicker. 134 Yirmi dokuzdan sonra. 136 In pharmacology, it’s a unit of measurement for the amount of a substance. 137 Por donde mire. 138 They are used in animal testing. 139 Abbrevation of Map Hack. 140 In latino significa: “dopo la scritta”. 143 It’s a language used for lexical knowledge representation. 145 La police fait ça quand il y a un criminel. 148 Espediente grafico per mettere in risalto un annuncio. 149 Without it, you will never be a number one. 150 可以解释景象或观念的图形象征 151 Pour celui qui n’a rien, ce n’est pas une fête mais un cauchemar. 152 It was the most important Irish community for adoption and provider of mental health services.
1 Es lo único que nunca se debe perder en la vida. 2 Preposición de lugar. 3 Currency Transaction Tax. 4 The most difficult thing to do when you migrate. 5 Une personne qui ne s’intéresse pas aux problèmes des autres. 6 It’s a coming together of parties to a dispute to present information in a tribunal. 7 Professional designation for Enrolled Agents. 8 El problema de las nuevas generaciones. 9 Abbreviation of editor. 10 Jesus blev født den dag 11 हिन्दु महिलाहरुलाई मनाउन पार्टी 12 Ristretto sottogruppo a cui viene attribuita una superiorità spesso non giustificata. 13 Nuk është po. 14 Mit den Zähnen zerkleinert. 15 First name of the italo-immigrant ‘Scarface’. 16 Abbreviation for Account Executive. 17 In medical terms, it’s the abbreviation of disease. 18 Quand elle est saine, elle t’aide à améliorer. 19 Nome commerciale del Delorazepam, aiuta a trattare l’ansia e gli squilibri ambientali. 20 Colui da cui dipende il tuo destino. 22 Inclined to weep. 24 Sigla della Lituania. 29 Mann, dem ein Körperteil entfernt wurde. 31 Preposition of place. 34 Togli la ‘ruota’ dalla parola auto. 37 Drošības vienskaitļa akuzatīvā forma. 38 Guarito dal gioco, dai debiti, ristabilito. 39 Seguito da “ipso”, in gergo giuridico, significa di per sé. 41 koji dolazi iz Arabije. 42 Especie de toronja. 47 Un gesto che può essere tranquillamente evitato. 49 US postal abbreviation of Texas. 53 A tajték szinonimája. 55 È debole. 60 Lo desideri quando il primo non ti basta. 62 Det modsatte af nej. 65 Abbreviated form of mediocre. 66 He instructs players in the fundamentals of a sport. 67 Associazioni Temporanee di Impresa. 68 It has always questioned religious theories. 69 Items from or related to the continent of Asia. 71 Culturally Relevant and Responsive Education. 74 Caku kohor kur duhet të fillojë a të mbarojë diçka. 75 Förkortning för Svenska Folkpartiet i Finland 77 In Internet jargon it means Never Mind. 78 Sigla per indicare l’Istituto di Certificazione Etica e Ambientale nel settore bio-cosmetico. 80 Lo erano i boschi prima degli incendi dolosi. 81 El color de la tristeza y de la apatía. 82 Il dio della guerra della mitologia norrena. 85 Come solo il crimine sa essere. 86 Indica la posizione intermedia tra persone, oggetti o tra limiti di luogo e di tempo. 89 Comment la société aimerait le citoyen. 90 Verbo che descrive il canto del lupo. 92 Lo si usa per rimanere in contatto con i propri cari, soprattutto se lontani. 96 Atto illecito che determina un danno grave altrui. 98 Nero, scuro, cupo. 99 What you hide behind on Social Networks. 103 Abbreviation for Initial Public Offering. 104 Dzisiaj + pewnego dnia. 107 Figuras geométricas. 108 A volte rovinano i rapporti. 109 Sono cibo per il cervello umano. 111 When associated to the word “girl”, it easily becomes a form of discrimination. 112 “Andare” in latino. 114 A thing made or used for sitting on. 116 الرقم الذي يسبق رقم واحد 120 Venir au monde. 122 În acest moment. 128 Қазақстанның аббревиатурасы. 131 Acronym of average. 133 Il servizio che si occupa della Prevenzione e Sicurezza negli Ambienti di Lavoro. 135 La migliore medicina naturale e gratuita. 138 The abbreviation of the code that identifies a financial institution on a check or transfer. 139 Un o’r rhieni. 140 L’acqua pura ha un valore di 7. 141 Devi guardare lì per puntare in alto. 142 Stai leggendo questa domanda? 143 Il “giorno” più corto. 144 The punctuation symbol now typically used in e-mail addresses. 146 In pochi decenni ha rivoluzionato la storia del genere umano. 147 Europe, shortly. 148 Acronym of the international fellowship of people who have had a drinking problem.
The crossword puzzle with definitions is available on the artist’s website, where you can download it and fill it in.
Saturday projects around the house or
apartment as the seasons change? Why not paint your steps?
Italian designer, muralist, and graffiti writer since the 1990s, Nico Lò (Skolp) shows us his style on the elevated art of painting a public stair in Santa Croce di Magliano (Italy). The color blocking is more intentional and scientific than you may think, however, and the artist tells us that he used a software tool to determine the composition in collaboration with a San Franciscan machine learning expert named Piero Molino.
“Much attention has been given to
the use and perception of colour,” says Nico. “The observer perceives two
coexisting paths on the staircase: the one with softer colours makes it easier
the upward path; the other one, with more saturated and bright colours, marks
the easier downward path.”
Since being a graffiti writer, Nico
has gone through many personal and professional stages in development of his
art – including starting a design firm with two friends in 2008 specializing in
visual communication and graphic design. Now he’s more attracted to something many
are calling “Post Graffiti”, a deconstruction of the letter-based vocabulary in
a way that tumbles into abstraction and geometric movements of many directions.
“For years he focused on the study
of the letter in all of its forms,” says a publicist. “Until overcoming the
concept of “tag” and taking the path of a new approach called
post-graffiti. His artistic language is characterized by geometric shapes,
grids and shades, an abacus of elements and compositional rules that refer to
the concept of generative design.”
IItalian Street artist Bifido has perfected his technique of dissolving his wheat-pasted photography into aerosol painting on the street, producing a seamless atmospheric story that leaps from the wall; evocative of oil masters but somehow with hyper real people living presently in a surreal tableau. Narrative also has been sharpened and emerges as being intently purposeful.
In this new series of artworks we learn about folks who are living in a modest sized town here that, like many towns in Italy, is being quietly and radically transformed by its shrinking population of aging citizens.
By interviewing the inhabitants and becoming familiar with this small interconnected community, sometimes intimately so, he is determined to help tell their stories, their histories. A collaborative practice, Bifido is there when they see the finished piece in public space.
Today we’re pleased to present Bifido’s newest works in Stigliano, accompanied by his own words to describe the process of creating them.
I spent a month in Stigliano, a small town, in an equally small and remote region of southern Italy. I was able to immerse myself totally in the reality of the people who live there, learning incredible stories. During this time I worked on 4 murals around the village. Stigliano rises to 1200 meters above sea level and you can see a boundless landscape. The feeling of isolation is very strong.
The work that most involved me is on two eighty-year-old sisters. Giulia and Filomena. They were locked in the house by a jealous father for nearly 40 years. They could only go out with their mother and only go to church. No school, no friends. They could not even see their relatives, because they had studied and this could negatively affect them. Their father said: “A woman can leave the house 3 times in her life, at baptism, marriage and funeral ”. Obviously because they could not go out, they’ve never had a chance to meet someone and fall in love.
They were not very familiar with either watching television or listening to the radio. Every February there is an Italian song festival. During the time of their isolation they tell me that they would sneak past the windows trying to listen to the songs of the neighbors’ radios. Being able to hear only the melody and not the words, they rewrote the lyrics according to their life.
After a life of repression and isolation, these two sisters are two women full of life, curiosity and empathy. They are very different, but they belong together. They sleep in the same room, on cots separated by a bedside table, and in the darkest nights they shake hands “giving courage”. But if the dark nights are truly haunted, they snuggle together in the same bed. And if you look at them from above they look like strong roots stuck in the mattress.
you have to be a rock to roll fast you have to be a rock to be shaped by the wind you have to be a rock to withstand the blows you have to be a rock to look into the abyss you have to be a rock to laugh at life (Giulia, Filomena and Bifido)
I made two interventions in the historic center of the town, now almost completely uninhabited. A wonderful and desperate place. Full of silence and beauty. Stigliano has lived for years thanks to the wheat harvest and peasant life has characterized the town throughout its history.
I portrayed a peasant woman with wheat. Symbol of the city. And I installed it in one of the dark and forgotten alleys of the city and on a real farm. I wanted to give prestige to something noble and beautiful, but also to make the walls of this semi-abandoned town remember the souls who lived there. The peasants were also carriers of revolt. I want to remember the memory and tell people not to forget and fight for survival.
This is a little poetry that I wrote for the mural of the farmer in the street:
I am the fallen stone The empty house with a torn roof They are the endless fields Dry of life The rain and the hawk Between the steady gazes Between the vanished faces I am the crack The lair of remembrance I am the unknown day And you?”
This work talks about the problem of depopulation. In 10 years Stigliano has lost almost all of its population, from 12,000 to 3,000 inhabitants. I used the verses of the poet Pio Rasulo, a native of Stigliano, who had already foreseen the depopulation of the town in 1961.
“Only the crows that gorge themselves here, in the bean fields, and the piles of wood guarding the crumbling walls will remain”.
I wrote this sentence on the wall and then covered it with a photo I took of the locals. Over time the card will be destroyed as the poetic verse appears. Just like the depopulation phenomenon, people will disappear and only crows will remain.
Before there were drones, there were bees. They are far more sophisticated still when it comes to their subtleties of collecting pollen on their furry bodies, flying on translucent panels through the heavy sticky air.
Here in Stornara, Italy, artist Bastardia is thinking of their bodies positively charged with static electricity, nervously excited as they plunder the petals, ready to attract the fine powder dust shaken loose from the flower, alight on the music meanderings of summer.
The artist invites us into this delicate world, imagining further the relationship of the bees and the flowers, playing to one another, with one another, their minds drunk with love.
The dreams of men; full of adventure, longing, Doritos, cars, robots, babes. Vesod knows this all too well, as his newest wall unmoors them and sets them aflight, afloat, askance, atwitter. Stuck inside our homes, the dreams merge with fears and the need to escape. Dorothy in “The Wizard of Oz” was said to be in an oneiric state, and the Italian street artist is as well, all tumbly and tittly.
Here in the imagination is “where architectures, female bodies and machines merge together in a futuristic vortex, open to double or multiple interpretations in contrast to each other,” says Vesod as he leaves this vision of dualities, beauties and bounty just outside the window of this teen.
It’s the 7th edition of Antonio Giordano urban art award (Premio Antonio Giordano) in Santa Croce di Magliano, Italy that brings him here with this new façade on a private building in the heart of the village. But the dreams… these are universal.
“Instead of cooperation, we have divisions among countries,” reports Alaniz from here in Stornara, Italy. “There are people that still now think the virus is not real.”
Alarming and true, anti-intellectualism
has expanded to new heights during this pandemic – likely resulting in people
getting sick and/or dying who didn’t really need to. If it’s any consolation to
you, dear reader, history tells us that there were anti-mask
naysayers during other mass illnesses too – standing firmly in opposition to
public health directives because of feared encroachment on civil liberties, or simply
because Jesus told them. Ah well.
The Argentinian born nomadic painter Alaniz says that his new figurative mural with his “new family” in Stonara is a collaboration with his love Federica – and it took 10 days to complete. It features a beleaguered turning figure wearing a facemask, but its final face is macabre, frightening. The presentation is confused, perhaps because of the sun-drenched and cheerfully eye-popping palette.
Overhead is a dove flying with a hypodermic need in its beak, perhaps the elusive vaccine meant to inoculate people against Covid-19. Or, possibly it is carrying a 5G microchip shot from the Bill Gates foundation that will communicate your thoughts to any nearby Alexa speaker. Hard to tell.
“After 10 days of work we present this wall as a representation of the mixed feelings that this lockdown generated in most of us,” says Alanis. “This has been a unique situation that has affected everybody’s lives and that has shown the failures of our actual society.”
use natural space without transforming it but they seek the space to meet their
needs. A cave will provide shelter for a bear. The bear will not paint it, wire
it for electricity or install air-conditioning.
Safely (somewhat) in Japan right now, the Italian land artist Gola Hundun is studying space again for his self-created ABITARE project.
my personal research on the border between human functional space and other
species’ use of space,” he tells us as we look at this ivy-covered hump of
industry that he regales with gold lame. We often imagine New York City’s
skyscrapers engulfed in ivy and wildflowers with enormous insects and birds
freely roaming about.
“I think I want to title it ‘Presence’,” he says, “Because this time I found a space where some dead trees were re-colonized by ivy and vitalba that generate really evocative imaginary shapes,” he says. “Like Readymade sculptures, like giants and strange horse-giraffes.” You can see his eyes alight, the dialogue inside his head full of calculation and intent that turns these ephemeral “sculptures” into abstract beings inhabiting space.
He talks about his relationship with gold, which has reoccurred throughout his multiple ABITARE installation. “Gold and green is the combo color for this project. I use gold because it is for me the color of the sun, the color of the soul, of the divine.”
And of our current crises of an infectious coronavirus circling the globe and threatening humanity, killing some of us, crippling our lives in many cases; what does this Earth-Star man observe?
“For me, it is a way to critique our modern human behaviors, post-capitalism, post-economic globalization, which is the main reason why we have arrived at this point, at the brink of ecological systemic disaster. I think this issue with Corona is a good opportunity to meditate about slow down the rhythm.”
Fresh from Torino, Italy, the Swiss artists Nevercrew did this commissioned piece for a coffee company with the theme of “responsible consumption” – which immediately reminds us that we were planning to switch from using K-cups to drip coffee. The image is abstract and realistic at the same time, a map of some sort folded into an airplane, a portion of it possible torched by a lighter. It looks fragile, yet full of possibility.
“We decided to work around the concept of carefreeness to evoke both the human responsibility on the production and consumption side,” says Christian Rebecchi, “and
the planetary emergency we’re already living.”
The image of a simple childs’ toy is meant to imply a story of two logics, says the other member of the duo, Pablo Togni. “The positive logic of the game and the negative one of the lack of conscience and the unnatural use of resources,” he says.
“There is a care-freeness that’s about acting unaware of the large-scale repercussions of the exploitation of resources, of what precedes and follows every small action and, at the same time, a reference to the lightness of the game, to all that is now put at risk for the generations that will hold the future of the planet.”