MOMO for Outdoor Urban Art Festival
It seems like just yesterday I suffered through the rain, plastic bag over my lens, shooting images of C215, Altas, JBRock, Sten+Lex for the first edition of Outdoor in 2010. Now in its third year, it’s only gotten bigger and better with the added collaboration of Simone Palotta from Walls as curator of the event. Three artists will be leaving their mark on the Ostiense quarter of Rome over the next week or so and first up is MOMO. Fresh off his work at Open Walls in Baltimore and the FAME Festival in Grottaglie, the American artist is in Rome for the first time and the city is going to be graced by his mix of geometry, pattern, and color. This interesting photographic essay over on Brookyln Street Art captures the trend in abstraction in street art across the world and just shows another side of the movement that is little seen in Rome. These images from the first days of MOMO’s work show him laboring under the intense Roman heat and give just a small taste of what’s to come. I haven’t been by in a few days, so I’m not sure where the progress is now, but things were really taking shape on Saturday when I was last there. If you want to take a peek for yourselves, head over to via del Commercio 9 where he’ll be working for the next two days or so to finish up. While you’re there, the two other artists who have now begun their walls as well are Borondo, whom I’ve written about a few times, plus Spanish artist SAM3. I’ll be bringing some images of those sites as well in the coming days.