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.