"Via Bricklane E1" Italian Street Art Retrospectiv

"Via Bricklane E1" Italian Street Art Retrospectiv

Postby 2F » November 30th, 2008, 3:23 am

The Brick Lane Gallery is proud to present “Via Brick Lane E1”, an exhibition showcasing works by a selection of Italian Street Artists, reunited for the first time in a London gallery. The exhibition will showcase nine of the most established Italian artists, some of which are represented in major collections worldwide and have a regular presence in international exhibitions and biennales.

Inspired by various art-historical movements as well as cultural references, these artists bridge the gap with the previous generation of Street Artists by developing new and innovative techniques of production and creation.
Continuing an affinity with the traditions of graffiti and stencils, the works are also intricately linked to the urban environment which the artists use to present subtle critical comments of today’s society. Their aim is to create a guerilla-based freedom of expression which can compete with the market forces and their commercial visual impressions. Using the city’s landscape, content and design as a source of inspiration to create a new global language, they attempt to make their works as visible as possible in our current jungle of endless signs, logos and commercial advertising.

Artists include: 108 from Alessandria, El Gato Chimney, Orticanoodles, Ozmo, Pho, Santy and Termine Growth from Milan, Lucamaleonte and the Sten/Lex duo from Rome.

One of the first writers in Europe to use numbers instead of letters for his name, 108 is better known for his enigmatic blob-like shapes of the experimental period, which intend to create visual chaos within specific surroundings.
El Gato Chimney
In the world of El Gato Chimney, influences from the “steampunk” genre are represented through the creation of unusual subjects such as peculiar animals or bizarre characters powered by steam and mechanical parts positioned in front of surrealistically-styled background. Clues into his extensive personal language can also be found through his use of symbols, signs and wordings.

Lucamaleonte developed a personal objective style through the use of complex multi-layered stencils which enabled him, thanks to the precision of detail, to create photo-realistic works. Through this innovative stencilling technique, Lucamaleonte reproduces the reality around us with cheap materials such as spray cans, cardboards and scissors.

Orticanoodles’ works are based on symbols and graphical representations. Inspired by sacred art and Byzantine icons, he has recently started to use the figure of Jesus which, for him, is an iconic testimonial which will help him spread his propaganda material. Wishing to express the desire to be free, Orticanoodles however believes that in reality one is never free but forced to conduct a life dictated by the rules of respectability and moral common.

Classically trained, Ozmo graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence. His projects include public installations as well as a documentary and conceptual use of images, often found in the media, which he combines with art-historical iconography taken from in wall-paintings and large-scale wall drawings.

Having mastered the technique and behavior of materials through his “traditional” studies at the Brera Academy of Fine Arts, Marco Grassi (aka Pho) has developed a strong interest in heterogeneous materials. His most recent series of “Bancali” (pallets) originates from recycling materials intended for packing and transporting goods, abandoned in warehouses and in urban building sites; these materials, once assembled and displayed vertically, resemble fences and other urban surfaces.

Drawing his inspiration from typical Italian stereotypes/classifications, Santy depicts suggestive impressions which are sourced from folk-culture and tinged with fabled and often grotesque nuances. His works feature an experimental and yet traditional approach to his technique of production and serve as a reflection on cultural and spiritual concepts from various fields such as philosophy, religion and anthropology.

They introduced the Hole School technique in the stencil world: using just one layer, they are able to create a multi-layer gray scale effect. They developed the same idea in the Spaghetti Stencil technique, shown at the Can's Festival. Using parallel lines or dots, the results are the same: an abstract appearance looking closer, and a realist/documentaristic image if observed taking few steps backwards.

Termine Growth
He attended Brera Academy of Fine Arts. His scientists are used to work in proper underground laboratories. They take objects from the past (like II World War bullets) and they fill them with life, starting from primitive plant cells, trying to give them a new life after their death, a death occurred following years of intense usage. These new instruments are ready for moving outside the growing up cells in a urban environment which becomes, day after day, more sterile and uniformed.





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