. Last week i have been invited to paint this old gas station in Ragusa by @festiwall_rg . This picture describes basically a plastic car for kids. This car has no engine as this architecture has also no longer activity. It looks like a car for adults, but you can drive it only by pushing the pedals and operating the oversized steering wheel. I painted this pucture in two times, the left part describing this volume, with a special care on lighting and colors to give it the aspect of something realistic, and the flat part on the right, evoking in an abstract way the 50´s street prints and advertisings.it could be the print on the box of this toy also. I have been really impressed and delighted to be welcomed so warmly, by people deeply dedicated to art. Setting and developping public art in this Unesco classified city requires a strong belief and a real connexion with patrimony , architecture and population. That is how Vincenzo, Antonio, Fabrizio and all their incredible ( never seen before ) staff, Giulia, Elena, Francesca..., are making it possible. Thank you so much for this and see you soon!
. One month ago , Velvet and me started painting this mural in Granollers / Catalunya. Relating an artistic action to its close environnement and context is a big question as: Does have the mural/ public space/ art to make a clear connexion with his time or to a special meaning. The population of Catalunya expressed recently its will of autonomy and most generally the possibility of reorganizing the society around a strong regional and cultural defense. As foreigners, we can only watch and interpret the informations coming through a certain distance. The Can Bassa district in Granollers is a very quiet district, let’s say mostly castillan, or inhabited by people from all the country. We were invited to take a look at the academic system here, by giving a class to young art students and by visiting the infant school to high school. The focus is set on the personal development and awakening to creative fields, developing exchange and curiosity.
In a dance class, where children were training, we found dozens of drum sticks in a blue plastic basin.
Besides of that we has the chance to meet Toni Cumella and to visit his splendid ceramic factory. Their ceramics are designed for architecture mainly, where a million of single pieces can shape an ensemble, become a pattern, a second skin to a concrete structure. Well known for having designed this sophisticated ceiling ceramic map for Santa Caterina market, Barcelona, they worked as well with Renzo Piano on the Centro Botin, creating a sensational floating pattern from thousands of ceramic disks modeling the facade and reflecting the light. During the inauguration, musicians were playing percussions using the ceramic facade as a giant drum with thousands of pads.
Many thanks to @mr_aryz @gr170 @djchekere and @kikuv for making it easy and generous
@german_rigol just sent this great capture of our mural « Tomo » in Granollers / Catalunya. Music by @autechre thanks to @gr170 @ @mr_aryz for their generosity and to the beautiful team @kikuv & @djchekere 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻