What unites the three artists is the common provocative and nonconformist vocation
At Palazzo Albergati is ongoing the exhibition “Jago-Banksy-TvBoy and other countercultural stories”. The title already foreshadows the provocative and nonconformist vocation of the exhibition, and it is no coincidence that it has been chosen to create a dialogue between the most famous street artist in the world and the most acclaimed Italian artists in the field of public art. The 60 selected artworks exhaustively outline the major achievements in the field of the public art, first of all the indifference towards the norms and the customs of the contemporary art system.
A PARADIGM SHIFT THAT ESTABLISHES THE SOCIAL NETWORKS AS A PRIVILEGED CHANNEL OF DIFFUSION
The exhibition itinerary is divided in four sections, with the first three that can be considered personal expositions, while the last is the meeting point between young talents and recognized masters. Here, among the various artists, we find Obey, Mr. Brainwash, Ravo, Pau and Laika. Piernicola Maria Di Iorio, curator of the exhibition, affirms: “Thanks to their art, we enter in a dimension marked as diverse, where chronicles and alternative worlds are produced, which are capable of building a new order”. An order that sees the social networks as the main channel of diffusion and proselytism, rather than the big fairs and the institutional museums. Starting from this paradigm shift, we can understand the revolution in the language that led to replace the canvas with the big walls of public buildings or underground stations.
THESE ARTISTS FOCUS ON PANDEMIC, ENERGY CRISIS, WARS AND ABUSES
The formal foundation for most of these linguistic codes is clearly pop art with its bright colors, the basic and absolute images of contemporary icons and the extreme clarity and immediacy in the meanings. Starting from this common ground, every artist builds up his signature style, always referring to the most recent news stories: from the pandemic to the energy crisis, from the ongoing wars to the abuses and harms to minorities. I imagine an alien walking through the halls of Palazzo Albergati and looking at the artworks:
I am sure that he would realize what’s happening on planet earth, without having to listen to the new on television, or read an article on a newspaper. The evocative power of these images is so universal that it doesn’t need any kind of translation.