Vinyl Factory Opening at Rising Love
Last night I went to the opening party for a new Vinyl Factory exhibit that’s happening at the MondoPOP Gallery on via dei Greci. While the gallery opening happened on Saturday night, Sunday was the “B side” party at Rising Love in Ostiense. What is Vinyl Factory? It’s a collective effort that brings together the best international and Italian urban artists to decorate old LPs with their work. A selection of these works will be up at the MondoPOP Gallery until April 24 and last night at Rising Love, I was able to see over 500 finished LPs hanging on the walls. The best part of the evening, however, was the opportunity to watch these artists in progress, as during the evening they were busy at work, churning out new work on LPs to then give out to people in the crowd. It was a fascinating opportunity to see how they create their pieces. It’s one thing to see a finished piece, but to see people in progress, to see how they make decisions, and what techniques they use is something you rarely get to see. Some of the participating artists were Diavu’ AKA Davide Vecchiato, Omino71, Sataboy, Mr. Klevra, and Alice’.
The crowd and the artists were mixed between young and old, male and female, all hanging out, listening to music, and watching to art unfold before their eyes. It was amazing to see all the different styles that were represented in the pieces. My favorite was the red LP with the japanese sushi fish pictured in the first two photos. I should have stayed longer and asked if I could have it! I left early, but it looked like the party was just getting started and I could have stayed there all night taking photos! In fact, I like so many of them that besides the seven I’m putting in the post, I’m embedding a Flickr slideshow of the rest. The discs will be on display at Rising Love until April 19, so check them out.