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Opiemme Bus Stops with Memorie Urbane and “In Attesa”

Opiemme Bus Stops with Memorie Urbane and “In Attesa”

Italian Street Artist and text-loving wordsmith Opiemme hit bus stops last month in the cities of Gaeta and Terracina  – about 75 miles from Rome.  While he has done a number of freelance customizations of public space in the past with his text pieces, this one is part of a project by Memorie Urbane called “In Attesa – Art at the bus stop”.  As you can see, Opiemme’s hand cut stencils are pure poetry – deliberately arranged.

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Opiemme. Gaeta, Italy. December 2013. (photo © Arianna Barone)

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Opiemme. Gaeta, Italy. December 2013. (photo © Arianna Barone)

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Opiemme. Gaeta, Italy. December 2013. (photo © Arianna Barone)

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Opiemme. Gaeta, Italy. December 2013. (photo © Arianna Barone)

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Opiemme. Gaeta, Italy. December 2013. (photo © Arianna Barone)

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Opiemme. Gaeta, Italy. December 2013. (photo © Arianna Barone)

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Opiemme. Gaeta, Italy. December 2013. (photo © Arianna Barone)

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Opiemme. Gaeta, Italy. December 2013. (photo © Arianna Barone)

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Opiemme. Terracina, Italy. December 2013. (photo © Arianna Barone)

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Opiemme. Terracina, Italy. December 2013. (photo © Arianna Barone)

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Opiemme. Terracina, Italy. December 2013. (photo © Arianna Barone)

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Opiemme. Terracina, Italy. December 2013. (photo © Arianna Barone)

 

 

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Opiemme Writes Poetry and Letterforms Across Italy

Opiemme Writes Poetry and Letterforms Across Italy

”What do you write?”

For decades graffiti writers have been checking out one anothers’ bonafides with this question. Even as tags turned to large complex pieces, evermore stylized through means of exaggeration or obfuscation, text has always stayed as a fundamental building block for graffiti writers.

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Opiemme. Edgar A. Poe. “The Raven” Torino, Italy. (photo © Opiemme)

Italian fine artist and Street Artist Opiemme took a variety of routes to employ the text-based art of writers and poets on the street this summer with his “journey through painting and poetry.” Breaking apart, recombining, stretching and spreading the written letterform, the public poetic paintings were conceived to be site-specific and included walls and pavement installations across Italy from north to south, including Torino, Bologna, Rieti, Pizzo Calabro, Faggiano (Taranto), Ariano Irpino, Menfi, Genova, Tirano (Sondrio), and finally Rome.

“I paint using stencil and letter to create images to be read and words to be looked at,” says Opiemme, who travelled more than 5,000 kilometers by train and bus to do his various installations that included 15 murals and a 7 kilometer long “River of words” painted on the pavement in Turin.

 

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Opiemme. Jupiter. Genova, Italy. (photo © Courtesy of Opiemme)

With the help of a webzine, a few galleries, and even the city of Turin, Opiemme found a receptive audience for his works, perhaps because he chose scribes known and admired in the locations he created works for. Among them are local writers and poets mixed with the American Jazz musician Louis Armstrong and Armenian-American rock band System of a Down.  Also included are Edgar Allan Poe, Giovanni Pascoli, S. Francesco D’Assisi, Franco Arminio, Giacomo Leopardi, and Riccardo Bacchelli.

Opiemme says he likes to explore the border between poetry and image, public and private, and to use the printed word as a graphic element on which to build more meanings, even as he sometimes disconnects the letters from their original context. With work that often touches on social or environmental themes  his work has evolved onto the street and into the gallery in the 10+ years he has been practicing. For the Turin born Opiemme it is about plumbing the fine lines between public art, Street Art, and the written word to bring poetry out into the open.

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Opiemme. Jupiter. Performance by O. Giovannini. Genova, Italy. (photo © Courtesy of Opiemme)

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Opiemme. Jupiter. Performance by O. Giovannini. Genova, Italy. (photo © Courtesy of Opiemme)

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Opiemme. Jupiter. Performance by O. Giovannini. Genova, Italy. (photo © Donato Aquaro)

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Opiemme. Jupiter. Performance by O. Giovannini. Genova, Italy. (photo © Sara Spallarossa)

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Opiemme. Jupiter. Performance by O. Giovannini. Genova, Italy. (photo © Donato Aquaro)

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Opiemme. Jupiter. Performance by O. Giovannini. Genova, Italy. (photo © Courtesy of Opiemme)

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Opiemme. Jupiter. Performance by O. Giovannini. Genova, Italy. (photo © Courtesy of Opiemme)

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Opiemme. Turin, Italy. (photo © Courtesy of Opiemme)

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Opiemme. Fagginao Jaz Festival, Italy. (photo © Courtesy of Opiemme)

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Opiemme. Bacchelli. Bologna, Italy. (photo © Courtesy of Opiemme)

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Opiemme. Ariano, Italy. (photo © Livio Ninni)

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Opiemme. Pizzo, Italy. (photo © Courtesy of Opiemme)

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Opiemme. Rieti, Italy. (photo © Courtesy of Opiemme)

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Opiemme. Detail. Menfi, Italy. (photo © Courtesy of Opiemme)

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Opiemme. Menfi, Italy. (photo © Courtesy of Opiemme)

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Opiemme. Menfi, Italy. (photo © Courtesy of Opiemme)

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Opiemme. Tirano, Italy. (photo © Courtesy of Opiemme)

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Opiemme. Italy. (photo © Courtesy of Opiemme)

 

 

Permission granted for photography used here by Opiemme, who wishes to thank photographers Cristina Principale (Bologna), Mario Covotta, Floriano Cappelluzzo (Ariano Irpino), Claudia Giraud, Thut Duong Nguyen (Torino), Livio Ninni, Ilaria Massaccesi (Tirano), Alessandro Orlandi (Rieti), Stencil Noire Cut (Faggiano), Giorgio De Finis (Roma), Donato Aquaro, Martina Serra, Sara Spallarossa, Francesco Mancini, Marco Pezzati (Genova), Anna Milano, Ivan Barreca (Menfi). Copyright is retained by photographer and the artist.

This project was covered/followed in stages by ZIGULINE webzine,

Opiemme’s journey was supported by: Elastico Studio and Antonio Storelli (Bologna), 3)5 Artecontemporanea (Rieti), Bi-BOx Art Space (Biella),  and Studio D’Ars (Milano).

 

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This posting is also published on The Huffington Post

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Elastico Studio Presents: Opiemme “Parole Di Carta” (Bologna, Italy)

Opiemme

VENERDI 7 GIUGNO  h. 18

eLaSTiCo studio (Via Porta Nova, 12 – Bologna)
presenta

PAROLE DI CARTA
una personale di OPIEMME

a cura di
Antonio Storelli

Parole di Carta” è la personale di Opiemme curata da Antonio Storelli che verrà inaugurata negli spazi di Elastico Studio venerdì 7 giugno: fulcro della mostra sarà un lavoro installativo realizzato sulle suggestioni di alcuni versi di Gaetano Arcangeli, poeta bolognese del Novecento.

L’intervento site specific interesserà tre delle pareti della sala espositiva di Elastico Studio e si tradurrà in un’installazione fatta di quotidiani, scotch, carta, e parole intagliate che si allarga sulle pareti in un collage di titoli di politica nazionale dell’ultimo mese e richiama alcune tematiche espresse dall’artista nel nucleo di mostre “Senza bandiere”, riflessioni sull’assenza di valori nel Bel Paese: “Welcome To Italy”, “Questo è precariato”, “L’ignoranza non ha vergogna e memoria”, “dateci una speranza”, “maiali”, “Il mondo è così perché noi sia così”, “pace” fatta di armi, “rise up”, sono alcuni dei messaggi che partono dalle pareti e s’incrociano in “reti pindariche” che il pubblico completa nella lettura dell’installazione con la propria esperienza.

 

http://www.elastico.org/events-text.php?idevent=175

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Fun Friday 02.18.11

Fun-Friday

Curbs and Stoops in Bushwick for “Beat Nite” Tonight

The Grand Opening of Curbs and Stoops Active Space!  A proud New York tradition for artists and collectives – the opening of a big welcoming space in which to explore and celebrate the creative spirit.  This is where you find the wild seeds of what will grow tomorrow. Big Ups to courageous peeps like Ashley Zelinskie and Jeffrey Pena and all the friends that are putting their skills into action.brooklyn-street-art-curbs-and-stoops-Sebastian-Vallejo 5 Jardiìn-Galaìctico.-web

Sebastian Vallejo Detail. Image courtesy of Curbs & Stoops

The goal is to create a progressive cultural center designed to promote community through art; a 6,000 square foot space will host new works by Angel Otero, Ashley Zelinskie, Brian Maller, Brian Matthew, Christopher Rivera, Hector Arce, Hector Hernandez, Jason Mones, Jeffrey Pena, Jonathan Chapline, Korakrit Arunanondchai, Pep Williams, Rachel LaBine, Sebastian Vallejo, Lapiztola Collective, UR New York Collective and Super Pop Collective

566 Johnson Street 2nd Floor
Friday, February 18, 6-10PM
Morgan L Stop

Opening night party with DJ Grimmace.
Sponsor: DogFish Head

For more information on this show click on Curbs & Stoops site:

http://www.curbsandstoops.com/blog/

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Downloadable Map for tonights events in Bushwick http://www.nortemaar.org/

Shout out to Andrew Hurst for the poster design.

Street Knowledge by King Adz

Fumero and Mario Pena at Art Bazaar Tonight

Check out the artists collaboration show at Art Bazaar in Chelsea to see new work by a number of artists, including some you have seen on the street like painters Mario Pena and Fumero.

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Participating Artists:

Cargoh Artist profile by Indigo

Steve Powers AKA ESPO talks about his Urban Love Letters

Opiemme “Barbarism Kills”

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