Monday, April 18, at 7 pm the newest exhibition from Eikonprojekt opens at the Teatro Palladium in Garbatella as part of NuFactory‘s Oversize series. It’s funny to think how far this little project between myself, Mr. Klevra, and Omino71 has come over the last 18 months and I really think that this is the best work we’ve done yet.
With the help of Francesco and Chiara of NuFactory, we spent the better part of yesterday installing a huge 12 meter by 3 meter installation mixing photography and painting into the corridor of the theater. It’s a project we first dreamed up in October when thinking of how to advance our mixture of my photography with the street art of Mr. Klevra and Omino71, focusing on their images of Byzantine icons. While the guys drew their inspiration from traditional pilgrimage to the seven Basilicas of Rome, I focused on creating a photographic composition that would bring the streets of Rome indoors. The pasting of an enormous 12×3 meter photographic print also allowed us to bring the street technique in an exhibition setting and finally (after years of watching), let me get my hands dirty in pasting up. To compliment the photography, Omino71 and Mr. Klevra have painted some of their best icons yet on recycled doors that have then been affixed to the street scene in the corridor, creating a site specific installation where our respective works join together to create one whole. Personally, it ranks up there with Street Walls Experience as the favorite show I’ve done, with Street being a personal curating triumph and this a more artistic triumph of what can happen when several creative people put their minds together.
While the show runs through May 19, I encourage you to stop by tomorrow during the opening, where there will be a DJ set and refreshments. The image shown is a detail of Omino71’s St. Sebastian, with our initials painted on the tips of his arrows.