Diamond – Horror Vacui
One of the advantages of having Laszlo Biro, who put on my show this summer, move right around the corner from me is that I’m lucky enough to be able to sneak over for previews of their shows. Knowing that Diamond would be locking himself inside all this week to paint their entire space was enough to get me over there almost every night this week to photograph and video the process. Of course, I don’t want to ruin the surprise of the show, so this image, as well as one on Flickr is all you’ll get from me in advance of the opening on November 12. But really, my photos wouldn’t do justice to the expanse of creativity that Diamond has splattered on the walls of Laszlo Biro. Fans of Diamond’s work, which for years has been on the streets of Rome and in numerous exhibits here and abroad, will appreciate the way in which his notebook of drawings has lept off the pages and onto the walls. Those unfamiliar with his work can come by and get a masterclass in what inspires him and what he can create. You’ll find it all here on the walls – from classical Roman influence to old school graffiti to Japanese bondage erotica. All things seemingly disparate but somehow Diamond consistently manages to meld these themes together and create something that is uniquely his. Aside from the touches of spray paint that show off his technical prowess, his graffiti roots are touched upon by the repetition of his name subtly scattered throughout the murals. Whether it be inside a Latin phrase or done with old school tattoo lettering, these incarnations of lettering also speak to the variety of eras that bare influence on his creative spirit. Bravo to Laszlo Biro for continuing to be a space in Rome to promote the work of street artists, especially Roman artists, and giving them the chance to create unique installations such as this one. It just goes to prove once again that if given the time, space, and support we can churn out stuff with the best of them.
Diamond’s Horror Vacui opens November 12 from 7 pm to 10 pm at Laszlo Biro and you have three weeks to see it before it gets painted. Of course, I’ll be taking photos, but this is definitely one thing that needs to be seen in person to do it justice. Oh, and if that wasn’t enough, there will also be some amazing prints that Laszlo Biro produced with Diamond’s drawings. They’ll be limited edition and at a price that’s a steal. I’ve already mentally reserved one to add to my collection.
November 12 to December 3
via Braccio da Montone 56 (Pigneto – Rome)