Agostino Iacurci in Civitavecchia
All summer the Progetto Waves (curated by Walls) has been going on in Civitavecchia, a town most well known to travelers as the port of call for Rome. One of the most publicized murals to come out of the initiative is by the young Spanish artist Aryz, but I decided to make the trek out this evening to see muralist Agostino Iacurci paint the final facade of this initiative. I first saw Agostino’s work up close and personal during the wall painting event on via degli Ausoni in 2010. I was immediately struck by what a distinct style he had, one very different from what you often see coming out of Rome. As someone whose work in the streets are all legal walls, it’s great to see him getting larger opportunities, given that legal walls don’t come up too often around here. But, as I told him tonight, I have a feeling after this mural, plus the piece he completed for Outdoor, he’ll be getting a lot of calls to start doing larger walls. Can you believe that before Outdoor, which just happened, he’d never worked on a piece large enough to warrant a cherry picker? That makes this piece the largest he’s ever completed and while it looks great on film, it’s even more impressive in person. To be honest his style isn’t one that I would immediately gravitate to, just out of personal choice, but the more I’ve seen his work the more I’ve actually really come to quite like his skill in using form, line, and color blocking to create his signature figures. Years ago I went to an exhibition on American Folk art at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and something about his use of color and simply shapes reminds me of some of the pieces I saw there. Whatever it is, his work certainly draws you in and there is a certain serenity and calm to his art. I guarantee, watch this name, because it’ll get big.
Oh yeah, and if you want to see the painting in person just head over to via Trieste in Civitavecchia. It’s there waiting.