INSURRECTA, the work of Borondo paying homage to the revolt of the Comuneros

INSURRECTA, the work of Borondo paying homage to the revolt of the Comuneros

Giulia Pacciardi · 1 month ago · Art

Gonzalo Borondo, together with the Municipality of Segovia, in collaboration with Acción Cultural Española (AC/E) and with the organizational support of STUDIO STUDIO, an interdisciplinary project founded by Edoardo Tresoldi, has recently presented INSURRECTA, a project born to pay homage to the five hundredth anniversary of the revolt of the Comuneros.

INSURRECTA is a real route, which can be visited on foot, by car and by bike, divided into 5 chapters made up of 32 works distributed in 17 stages that make Segovia, including areas far from the tourist centre of the city, a real open-air museum.

In May 1520, the first popular uprisings took place in Segovia, called Rebelión Comunera in all of Castile, with the execution – at the hands of the people – of the royal tax collectors and, later, of Rodrigo de Tordesillas, accused of treason for having supported Charles I in the interests of the city. The city, which had distinguished itself over the centuries for having developed conditions of freedom and self-government, rebelled outraged against what they considered an affront and mobilized in an intense public protest. 

Through an initial phase of historiographical research, Borondo paid homage to the Comuneros by deepening the idea of the Uprising and extending the analysis of power struggles beyond the defined scope, also investigating humanity’s confrontation with nature.

The project combines critical thinking with a reflection implemented through the interaction between visual metaphors and historiographic narrative. The choice of support, in fact, is not accidental, Borondo connects the re-appropriation of the territory by the Comuneros with the re-appropriation of the art of advertising spaces. 

The project contains different techniques despite the fact that all the works present the monotype as a common matrix, a technique that does not allow multiples while using the techniques of printing, thus producing a unique result with which the artist wants to pay homage to the popular intention of the series of engravings “Los caprichos” and “Los desastres” by Goya

Ph: Roberto Conte

A map guides visitors through the 17 places of the diffused work, through a story of the revolt that runs through all the interventions, as well as pointing out for each stage the perspective designed to admire the work, despite the invitation to take a free and personal point of view. This offers freedom in defining the path to follow and in the medium with which to follow it. 

INSURRECTA will be visible until 23 April 2021.

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Keith Haring: Street Art Boy, the new BBC film

Keith Haring: Street Art Boy, the new BBC film

Giulia Guido · 1 month ago · Art

It was February 16, 1990, when one of the most influential and emblematic contemporary artists died prematurely, ripped from life by AIDS. This year, on the occasion of the thirtieth anniversary of Keith Haring‘s death, the BBC has produced a film that retraces the artist’s story. 

Titled Keith Haring: Street Art Boy, the film recounts in just under an hour and a half some of the most emblematic episodes and encounters in Haring’s life. The works are interwoven with images, interviews with Keith himself and unpublished footage from the archives of the Haring Foundation and made available to the BBC. 

Through the artist’s life is also told the New York of the 80s and 90s, the art and creativity that exploded at every corner, but also AIDS and fear. 

Keith Haring: Street Art Boy is directed by Ben Anthony and was broadcast for the first time on the BBC Two channel on July 4th, but you can watch it again on the BBC streaming site, iPlayer

This fascinating and compelling film – told using previously unheard interviews with Haring, which form the narrative of the documentary – is the definitive story of the artist in his own words. 

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“Safe House”, Keer’s work inspired by Christo and Jeanne-Claude

“Safe House”, Keer’s work inspired by Christo and Jeanne-Claude

Emanuele D'Angelo · 1 month ago · Art

Inspired by the great couple Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Leon Keer, one of the most important artists in the world of anamorphic street art, has recently created “Safe House”.

His latest work presents a gift box in trompe l’oeil on the tympanum of a building.
“It is not obvious for everyone to have a roof over their head, your home is precious and gives you comfort and protection, a gift for the necessary needs of life.”

“Safe House” is a packaged house, artfully crafted with a great optical illusion is a tribute to Christo and Jeanne-Claude, it was made for MX29 Graffiti Tour 2020 organized by Ateliers du Graff.
The Dutch artist wants us to reflect on the importance of having a roof over our heads, something that we very often take for granted, but which, as he says, is fundamental.

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Harry Greb’s mural dedicated to Ennio Morricone

Harry Greb’s mural dedicated to Ennio Morricone

Giulia Pacciardi · 4 weeks ago · Art

In the heart of Trastevere, more precisely in Via delle Fratte di Trastevere, on the corner of Via dei Fienaroli, the Roman neighborhood where Ennio Morricone was born and grew up, a new mural dedicated to him stands out since yesterday.
It is the work of the prolific street artist Harry Greb, who is no stranger to this type of tribute. Over the years, in fact, he has titled walls to leading Italian figures of our times such as Alberto Sordi, Anna Magnani and Rino Gaetano.

In Greb’s vision, Morricone looks fixedly at us through his glasses, with a luminous crown resting on his head, the Academy Honorary Award in his left hand and his right hand busy mimicking the gesture of silence.

The opera dedicated to the Roman composer appeared yesterday afternoon, just a few hours after his death which shook the hearts of most.

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Glen Martin Taylor and his reconstructed ceramics

Glen Martin Taylor and his reconstructed ceramics

Giulia Guido · 4 weeks ago · Art

Among the most famous and fascinating artistic techniques, the ancient Japanese art of Kintsugi undoubtedly stands out. It is a practice born from the idea of transforming an imperfection, a damage or a wound into something even more beautiful and perfect. Basically, this technique consists in repairing ceramic objects, even those of daily use such as cups and plates, using gold or cast silver to weld the shards. The final result gives the object a unique look and, what is no small thing, a much higher value than the original. It is precisely from the art of Kintsugi that the artist Glen Martin Taylor was inspired for his works. 

Like the Japanese, Glen Martin Taylor repairs ceramics of all kinds, some made by him and others bought but replacing precious metal with everyday objects, from twine threads to metal elements. 

If in Kintsugi’s art the only important part is that of repair, for the artist the act of reassembling objects is as important as that of destroying them. Through these two phases, the artist frees his emotions and confronts them by creating objects that will eventually have lost their primary purpose, but not their importance. 

Discover all the works by Glen Martin Taylor on his Instagram profile

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