Run

When: Friday 21/04/17 at 16.00 (opening exhibition/market)
Where: entrance Mercato delle Erbe

Giacomo Bufarini, whose pseudonym is Run, was born in Ancona in 1979 but has lived and worked in London since 2007. He is mostly self-educated: after completing the artistic high school, he became interested in the underground scenery, initially with graffiti and then with street art.
He approached the mural scene by painting community centres and deserted houses, fascinated by the possibility of expressing himself in a public space and by the freedom offered by the street. The two Italian cities with most of his works are Florence and Bologna, where the artist has painted his first murals. He started to paint graffiti on lorries, trains and walls when he was young and created his first mural in 2003. His inspiration comes from freedom, originality and quality. The name RUN comes from a song from Cypress Hill. For him, choosing a name is like getting a tattoo when you’re young: it doesn’t necessarily have a deep meaning but it remains on your skin forever. Run has become famous very fast in the Italian underground scenery. He and his collaborators gradually attracted the European street art movement, influencing the rebirth of the European art of murals. His artistic path is characterised by a deep research on the line, which led Bufarini to delve into the wood carving techniques, painting and illustration, printing and engraving. His art can be found in many different countries, including Italy, England, Poland, China, Switzerland, Morocco, Senegal, Russia and Albania. His unique style is easily recognisable and it shows a level of attention to detail and an incomparable complexity that is hard to find in contemporary street art. His representations are often emphasised by the symbolic entanglement of bodies, and pattern like, friezes in bright, arresting colours. Giacomo Bufarini (aka RUN) is interested in street art as a language of communication, creating playful characters that speak to diverse audiences on multiple levels. The expansive scale of his works captivates the viewer, affecting a renaissance of muralism that reaches beyond the boundaries of street art. In May 2013, RUN exhibited his works at the Festival of Dulwich. His first solo exhibition (“Parabola Di G”) was held at the Howard Griffin Gallery in London from November 2014 until the beginning of February 2015. “Parabola Di G” is a semi-autobiographical story told through a unique series of highly detailed pen and ink drawings that collectively make up a book. The imagery follows the journey of a semi-fictional character, G, as he falls through levels of reality into a dreamscape. In September 2014, RUN opened his second solo show entitled ‘Man is God’ at Howard Griffin Gallery, Los Angeles. He participated in many Public Art projects, including a 2013 mural painted at the Village Underground wall in Shoreditch, London. Along with the Mexican artist Pablo Delgado, he painted a mural in the London’s neighbourhood of Clapton. In February 2014, RUN teamed up with Sheffield-based artist Phlegm and Christiaan Nagel on a mission to give final moments of vivacious life to yet another to be demolished building in London – the Blithehale Medical Centre in Bethnal Green. His latest projects include THE ARTMOSSPHERE Art Biennale in Moscow and the project MB6 for the Art Biennale in Marrakech, where he was asked to create a 6400 square metres painting in the main square of the city Essaouira. In 2015 he launched his last project in Rome, on his return to Italy: “L’Uomo con la Coda alla galleria Varsi”.
In November 2016 he published his first monographical book “Time Traveller Artist Man (unicorn press UK 2016).

 

Interview to RUN, March 2011 (taken from Street Art London)

What’s the story behind the name RUN?

RUN ‘s tag has been inspired by a Cypress Hill song, from the name of the dog of an Italian Mutoides friend (GRUNE), from the sound of these three letters with no meaning added. When you are young and you choose a tag, it doesn’t usually have the deepest meaning ever. It is like if you get a tattoo when you are 16 or 18 then ten year later it is just a mark on you, but it stays on your skin forever.

When and where did you create your first street art? What was it?

I used to graff when I was very little on trains, lorries, walls. Then I started to create paintings out of Hip Hop, using matt emulsion, water-based colour, rolls and brushes. My first big wall was in 2003 while squatting in a building in Italy. The meaning of that painting was: “We are here now and we haven’t got fear of nobody!”

You’ve just finished painting a big, colourful wall at The Foundry. Talk us through the ideas behind this piece.

Wall at Foundry: I had to adapt my design to what was already on the wall before (a recent colourful style by Milo Tchais), so I developed some shapes (hands) which I’m quite confident to make. Then I added some characters. The characters are wearing those hands like fancy dress costumes. It is March and we are in carnival period, isn’t it ?

Most of your work is large-scale. What challenges does this present? Does it mean sticking to mostly legal walls?

Big is better I think, especially in an era when the mass communication from corporate advertisements are so massive everywhere. Tags and wall writing graffiti are almost invisible in a busy visual environment. We should create contrast. If the background is gray, let’s use as much colour as we can! I am not really interested anymore in the adrenaline rush of painting illegally. If a wall is legal, it is more than okay. It’s already revolutionary and political to paint public spaces. I’m still going illegal if I need to though.

We remember some of your profile-style faces in Hackney a few years ago. Your work seems to be more detailed and complex lately. Is this your style evolving naturally or has it been a conscious change?

Once I moved to London, my drawings were constantly changing. This depends on the circumstances. I had to be quick (especially if I painted in the day time on a busy road ), so I had to make simple shapes and no outline, but if I have the time and opportunity, I like to go complex. Sadly (for me) most of the people in London have a “street logo”, so I had to get one (the faces), but I still try to make each painting with something new and different.

You’ve collaborated with artists like OZMO and M-City in the past. Is there a particular London-based artist you’d like to work with in the future? Why?

I am always up to collaborate in a wall but it has to be interaction between the two parts otherwise there’s no fun. And when I meet an artist, I’m not afraid to ask …

You’ve painted all over the world from your native Italy to China to Albania and many more places. What are your best and worst memories as a street artist abroad?

Let’s just say that I paint because I want to travel. There’s no better thing than to see another country and culture and possibly work during the trip. If I can keep my travel wheel spinning that’s enough for me to be happy.

If you could choose any London wall to redecorate, where would you take your paints and what would you create?

There are such a lots of walls in East London that I’d like to paint – blind facade (facade without windows) that are there just for be painted. The anti-graffiti policy in London is totally without sense. Maybe somebody can do something for that. I am doing what I can from my point of view that you “legalise” graffiti and murals in more spots that could only bring better thoughts to the people.

We’ve seen a few similarities between your work the art of BLU. Which other street artists give you inspiration?

I am inspired by freedom, originality and quality. I’ve meet many good artists on my way and I’m lucky to have grown up with many good people around. I know London keeps your mind very busy, but there are many other places and artists to discover around Europe and the rest of the planet.

Why is street art important? What do you hope to accomplish or communicate through creating your art in public spaces?

It is simply a way to communicate, but is free. Nobody is going to tell me what to draw on the street. And I got the proof in my experiences that people are just happy to see that happen. If they are not that means that they’re pissed off on their own.

Run

 

Allegra Corbo

When: Friday 21/04/2017, at 19:00
Where: Csa Sisma, via Alfieri 8

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Allegra Corbo (1968)

She holds a Diploma of Master of Art in Goldworking and Art of Metals at the Mannucci School of Art in Ancona and a Degree in Painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna.

From 1988 to 2004 she collaborated as an actress, performer, scenographer, sculptor and technician with:
the theatre company Societas Raffaello Sanzio, the cyberpunk circus Mutoid Waste Co., then Mutek by Joe Rush, with Officine Alchemiche and Mama Ferox.
Since 1996, she has exhibited her works, both in Italy and abroad, in galleries, happenings, contemporary art festivals as well as in visionary, underground and pop art festivals, and she has participated in urban art events with murals, large collages, banners, fire sculptures, performances, publications.
From 2008 to 2014 she was Artistic Director of the Pop UP! Festival of Contemporary Art in Urban Space (curated by MAC – Manifestazioni Artistiche Contemporanee) in Ancona, where she presented Italian and international artists in experimental installations, large sized wall paintings, site-specific projects, and street art.
From 2008 to 2014 she was Art Director of the team MAC-Manifestazioni Artistiche Contemporanee for the design, management and set-up of events and contemporary art exhibitions (Pop UP! Festival of Contemporary Art in Urban Space, LucidAncona, Videodromo, Area Spazio, Jasad-The Arab Body, Hanging, Officine del Colore Naturale, etc.).
She has been Art Director and Tuto at MAC, in workshops, students and artists:
Pop UP! Poster Art contest (with high school students of Art)
Popo UP! The City (with the students of the Faculty of Design, Hongik University of Seoul (Korea): urban art actions in the slum neighbourhood of Deheango)
Area, spazio per comunicare (project for young people aiming at building a common space thanks to the languages of word, gesture, graphics, craftsmanship and the digital, resulting in an artistic action)
Officine del Colore Naturale (a project of recognition and promotion of the artistic potentialities of the region; workshops with young talents from the Marche region, artists and artisans on an international level, and local companies, as to give rise to a trend on the “techne” of natural colour)
In 2015 she designed Vertigo Truth, an urban and street art installation in the Sculpture Park in Mutania (artistic community Mutoid Waste Co.) in Santarcangelo di Romagna, with the artist Su-e-Side
In 2012 she started working on activities for children and teenagers with the projects:
-Children in the Forest (artistic walks in nature, in English),
-Lupus et Agnus (hiking and urban art, with Aesop’s fables),
-Cadavre esquisit (a surreal “short story” for a book-mural-tableau painted with children on large pages),
-Cosmogenio Specularum, the mirror is everywhere from Butterfly to Face (a work on the specular forms of nature to invent masks and proto-books, with high school students)
-Artistic construction site with the students of Academy of Fine Arts, during the artistic stay of Urban Superstar Show 2012, in Cosenza
-artistic collaboration with the libertarian Montessori school Serendipity in Osimo (Ancona)
In 2010, she published the illustrated book “Aletheya and Cartataglio” in collaboration with the artist Andreco), silk-screen handprinted by Strane Dizioni,
And in 2011 the book “Two Way Project Italy/Lebanon” (collective project with Italian and Lebanese artists in Beirut), since 1996 she has published in magazines and fanzines.
Art director of I libri Pop Up! The Book (Franco Cosimo Panini edition) and Intruders by Luca Forlani (Franco Cosimo Panini edition)
Since 1988 she has worked as set designer and lights technician with theatre, festivals and theatre companies in Italy and abroad.www.flickr.com/allegracorbo

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Snem Frenulo Guerrillaspam

When: Friday 21/04/2017
Where: Galleria del Commercio

 

GUERRILLA SPAM
Guerrilla SPAM was born in November 2010 in Florence as a spontaneous unauthorized billposting action in urban spaces, without a name nor a clear intent. Since 2011 several works on the streets come in succession, both in Italy and abroad, showing a strong interest in social issues and the relation between the individual and public spaces, and preferring illegal urban action over an official, authorized event. The “Shit Art Fair” has been held in Turin for three years in a row, starting in 2003. This exhibition boasts its dissimilarity from the traditional art fairs. Both Italian newspapers, such as “La Repubblica”, “Il Corriere della Sera” and international newspapers, such as “The Economist”, have mentioned Guerrilla Spam’s work.

SNEM

He starts to work on graffiti in 2003, but he later stems away from the style virtuosity of spray paints, developing a strong interest in body composition and in what is usually considered grotesque. In 2013 he begins to work on several urban actions in Italy and abroad, mostly using mural painting and the poster art technique. His work is strictly linked to the use of public space, which he develops through unauthorized actions. At the moment, he is working in Turin and Venice.

 

FRENULO
His artistic production shows influences from graphic art, chalcography and skateboarding; since 2014 he has experimented the urban space through paintings, posters and graffitis, developing and aesthetic inspired by art brut and abstractism in paint.

Gio Pistone

When: Friday 21/04/2017
Where: Borgo San Giuliano subway

Gio Pistone was born in Rome.

Ever since she was a child, she chose drawing as her personal language.

The subjects that she draws are often fantasy monstrous figures, characterised by strong colours and sharp lines, born from her nightmares as a child.

Her mother, who at the time was a Psychology student, suggested her to draw the creatures she dreamt about in the morning to face her fears. This is still a source of inspiration for her.

She occasionally works on theatre scenic design, where she keeps taking inspiration from her dreams and following her love for grandeur.

She worked and travelled with “La sindrome del topo”, a group of creators of play structures and dreams, where she draws, builds designs carousels and labyrinths.

She has worked as a drawer for io-Donna, Corriere della Sera, la Repubblica, l’Unità, Liberazione, Drome, Dopress Cina.

She has participated in exhibitions and murals festivals in Italy and abroad.

Andrea Casciu

Andrea Casciu
Born in 1983, Andrea Casciu graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Sassari. Lives and works in Bologna.
Through the survey of small mutations that time work on the body, Andrea Casciu deepens introspective analysis mediated design, studying the relationship of man with his own image. Deftly maneuvering in the action space of the self, the artist unleashes a dual trigger empathetic. In his works transpires the desire to empathize, to enter, but always on tiptoe, in the innermost core of the people. At the same time, each person can perceive themselves in the iconic faces he paints, in a game that challenges fades general anesthesia in the world in which we live. Changes in Andrea’s face, appearing in the streets, pushing us to consider its murals as if they were mirrors, to confront our own reflection, but also with that of a planetary ego, shared and expanded. A subversion of everyday life addressed in an ironic way, the thin line that separates the individual and the multitude.
[Testo di Antonella Perazza]

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