Sardinia Tour part 1: Hello Ciredz!

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I’ve been recently traveling through beautiful Sardinia and, while enjoying warm weather and spectacular beaches, I had the opportunity to leave my mark on some abandoned places.

The first step has been to hang out with local lad Ciredz. We spent some time together on a secret spot he found, collaborating on a mural, surrounded by woods & prickly pears (and nasty mosquitos).

More pieces will follow. Stay tuned!

Collaboration with Ciredz - Secret spot in Sardinia, 2015

Collaboration with Ciredz - Secret spot in Sardinia, 2015

Collaboration with Ciredz - Secret spot in Sardinia, 2015

Collaboration with Ciredz - Secret spot in Sardinia, 2015 (detail)

Collaboration with Ciredz - Secret spot in Sardinia, 2015 (detail)

Collaboration with Ciredz - Secret spot in Sardinia, 2015 (detail)

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Painting with Tellas

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My friend Tellas came to town and we finally managed to do a collaboration on wall. Such a nice way to spend the afternoon.

Combo with Tellas - Rimini 2015

Combo with Tellas - Rimini 2015

Combo with Tellas - Rimini 2015

Combo with Tellas - Rimini 2015

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St. Anthony Seduced by The Infinite – RE/UR

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I’ve recently been invited to paint on a 5×5 m wall of a campus in Pesaro by the nice chaps behind RE/UR – Reperti Urbani, a new urban art project.

‘St. Anthony Seduced by The Infinite’ is a piece part of my ongoing series focused on a personal and contemporary take on classical art themes.

The saint is here tempted by the promise of eternal life, represented by a reverse pig’s skull (the hog is in fact one of the saint’s classical symbols often depicted close to his figure).

On bottom right the latin words Ad æternum (forever).

St. Anthony seduced by the Infinite - Pesaro 2015

St. Anthony seduced by the Infinite - Pesaro 2015

St. Anthony seduced by the Infinite - Pesaro 2015

St. Anthony seduced by the Infinite - Pesaro 2015

Panoramic pic © Gabriele Galassi.

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An art residency in Sicilia

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It’s been a while since my last post, I admit I’ve been a bit lazy about this blog so, time for some nice update!

I spent the month of April in Sicilia for an art residency part of the I ART project, which gave me (and about 30 more artists) the opportunity to work on some good project.

I was located in the town of Misterbianco, close to the beautiful city of Catania, where I had the chance to paint a nice wall of the local auditorium facing the marvelous mount Etna. A perfect location for my homage to this land.

‘Thauma (The Temptation of Saint Anthony)’ is a personal take on the temptations of Saint Anthony the Abbot, which has been a widely depicted theme in Arts history, from Beato Angelico to Bosch, from Max Ernst to Salvador Dalì.

Saint Anthony, commonly venerated for his protection from fire, is Misterbianco’s patron, as the town celebrates the saint every year since its destruction by a severe Etna’s eruption in 1669, then rebuilt anew closer to the coastline.

Hands casting animals in the chinese shadows play are protracted to poke St. Anthony, which is instead represent by an abstract geometrical golden figure at the center of the scene.

The central word “Thauma” is the greek for wonder, as a celebration of the land surrounding mount Etna (the painting is in fact facing the volcano). Nonetheless the greek letter T or “Tau” is a common symbol defining St. Anthony.

My signature colour palette is now contextualized to the very specific elements of the area: black as lava stone, red as fire (lava) and gold for the visually richness and folkloristic exaggerations of local religious processions and, of course, Sicilian baroque.

 

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That New-New Limited Edition Goodness (Yes It’s Christmas Time!)

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Some of the late minute xmas gift buyers and things-with-a-number-and-signature-on fanatics might be happy to know that I recently released a couple of new limited edition prints.

The first one’s a screen print made in collaboration with the guys at Viavai Project. “Omnia Mutantur” is named and inspired after the first mural I painted in Racale, during the last summer for the aforementioned Viavai, an unconventional public art project in southern Italy.

It’s printed in two colors, black plus a laminated gold foil on a 50×70 cm (19.7×27.5 in).
50 copies only, signed, numbered and certified by the artist.

You can get one by sending an email to: viavaiproject@gmail.com

 

I also teamed up with Bonobolabo Shop and Gallery for this fine skate deck printed in 3 colors, inspired by the same piece I made at CISIM in Ravenna in 2013

“A Path Of Struggle Through A Kingdom And Its Crown” is limited to 30 pieces only, of which 15 come with an exclusive hand-pulled gold leaf finish, signature and numbered 1 to 15.

Whether you’re going to shred it or hang it, get yours at bonobolabo.com

 

Last but not least, I still got a bunch of linoleographies in my shop. There’s just a couple of Handskull prints left, waiting to be hanged on a nice wall, a few copies of Franciscus Et Seraphim print with hand-pulled golden foil and much more stuff to be collected. Whoot!

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Room With A View

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I’ve been invited, together with Martina Merlini, to an event that took place in my town Rimini at the beginning of July. The two curators transformed Villa Manzi, a dismissed hotel in front of the beach, in a 3-stories container of art, photography and music.

Martina and I took over a room and filled it with a blend of our (so) different styles, turning an old and modest space with a view on the seaside to -let’s call it- a mess in three dimensions to surround the viewer.

Martina’s part follows her recent pieces on wax, in which she works on a sort of ‘controlled chaos’ of forms, colors and elements, whilst my series of six subjects is based on transitions / solids and empties, as the thumb holds in sequence all the fingers. There’s some tricky detail on my sequence: ideally, the third hand would have a wrong gesture if we consider the rhythm of the sequence itself, but takes anyway its “empty space” thanks to the missing door and gives a balance to the picture.

But the most interesting part of the whole collaboration is for sure the blending of Martina’s dense, colorful abstract part with my minimal and essential figurative work, so I’d say there’s also a macro-transition from two opposites: chaos to order, color to b&w, abstract to figurative and so on…

It’s been super fun and challenging to work with Martina, especially trying to achieve a consistent harmony between her informal work and my figurative pieces.

Some pics by Davide Farabegoli

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You Make It Easy

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I’ve been invited by the friends at Housatonic Design Network in Bologna, Italy to be part of their You Make It Easy project and paint a mural inside their building. They asked me to depict the concept of “complexity” and here’s the result.

What a nice opportunity to switch back to a broader color palette after months of minimal and essential black & white! I definitely want to do more or this stuff in the future.

For those who were wondering: Multa Paucis is a latin phrase that means “say much with few words”.

Photos by Christian Deligia / Oana Tatar.

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VIAVAI, An Unconventional Public Art Project In Salento

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I’ve recently been invited to throw some paint on the walls of Racale, a town in the Salento region, south of Italy, for Viavai, a fresh public art project that has already featured the works of incredibly talented artists such as Tellas, Ozmo and the argentinian Ever.

During my stay I managed to make a couple of paintings on some decommissioned buildings.

I made the first piece on the wall of an old mill. It’s called Omnia Mutantur (everything changes) and features the same handskull that someone might have seen on one of the pieces shown at my recent solo exhibit Tabula Aut Mortem at Avantgarden Gallery, Milan.

 

The second piece, Eraclia, takes its inspiration from the history of the town of Racale as well as the elements of its seal.

Two black hands casting the shadow of a wolf serve as reminders for the famous Rome’s she-wolf featured in Racale’s seal, probably due to Eraclio, a roman freedman who founded the town.

XII and VI numbers symbolize the twin brothers Romulus and Remus, who, according to Rome’s foundation myth, asked the Gods for a sign to claim the right of foundation of the city. Romulus saw twelve auspicious vultures, while Remus just six.

As a second theory about the genesis of Racale suggests that a Heracles’ worship site was once built in the very same area of the town during greek occupation, the olive club at the bottom of the painting refers to the legend of the divine hero’s slay of the Nemean Lion, in which an eradicated olive tree was used by Heracles as a weapon against the monster. The region surrounding Racale is in fact filled with olive trees.

 

Basik at VIAVAI Project | Racale | Salento | Italy from Viavai Project on Vimeo.

Keep an eye on the Viavai project for more goodness.
All the pics ©Matteo Bandiello

 

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Visiting Tunisia

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I just came back from a wonderful trip in Tunisia with my partner. I’ve been lucky enough to have the opportunity to do a couple of outdoor works there.

I painted a Hamsa in the middle of the tunisian desert, on a decommissioned school near the troglodyte town of Matmata.

We travelled to Hammamet then, and I managed to make a quick piece on a wall right in front of the beach a few days later, just before going back to Italy.

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Stereotypism. A new Casalinghe di Tokyo’s dish set.

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From the wall to the table!
Here’s my recent collaboration with Martina Merlini for Casalinghe di Tokyo. So proud of it.

“STEREOTYPISM is the new line of dishes from CASALINGHE DI TOKYO.
The graphics are handled by Basik and Martina Merlini. The gestural expressiveness is at the base of the collection illustrated in a minimal and graphic key.
Basik chooses a typical Italian gesture developed in two colors and in six different perspectives and accompanied by the letters that composing in sequence the word Stereotypism.
Martina Merlini surrounds the figurative and develops six different patterns framing each hand.
The collection consists of 6 + 6 plates telling a story and every dish is linked to the other in an organic work in which every element is essential.
The visual mix between the dishes are meant to be replicated each time in a different way, making the entire collection constantly dynamic.
For CASALINGHE DI TOKYO every meal is important and the table becomes an occasion for taste and sight.”

–Casalinghe di Tokyo

More info:
casalingheditokyo@gmail.com
casalingheditokyo.tumblr.com/
facebook.com/pages/Casalinghe-Di-Tokyo/

 

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