January 8, 2019
Final yr could not have been essentially the most prolific for Italian avenue artwork legend Blu (beforehand), who apart from releasing Minima Muralia, a 288-page assortment of 15 years of murals, accomplished solely two formally introduced murals. His newest piece titled Capita, was not too long ago shared on the elusive artist’s solely official communication channel Blublu.org. The mural was painted in Rome’s Rebibbia neighborhood, and was realized in collaboration with Comitato Mammut, a self-managed civic group. Painted utilizing artist’s intricate illustrative type, the picture depicts an imaginary amusement park water slide attraction as a pointy critique of the social injustices of capitalism.
The slide gives contributors a number of colourful entry factors on high with all however one ending in the identical swamp-like cesspool of trash. The one slide that retains its authentic shade and form, gold, is the one utilized by politicians, businesspersons, and spiritual representatives. Ending with a crystal clear pool with and cocktail desk set on a lush inexperienced area, it’s a direct commentary on subdued class division current in fashionable societies all through the Western world. The piece additional feedback on the dramatic shift within the political local weather of his Italian homeland, particularly by way of immigration and the continued refugee disaster. Painted on an 8-story constructing, the work’s oceanic backdrop depicts small boats stuffed with individuals on one aspect with luxurious yachts floating on the opposite.
Earlier this yr, Blu spent a number of days in Valencia, Spain, participating in Sensemurs undertaking, the primary assembly of muralists whose objective is to boost consciousness of the repeated abuses by the native port authority towards individuals dwelling within the La Huerta (Orchard) space. For this mural he depicted port authority personnel as Egyptian pharaohs utilizing the local people as a supply of free slave labor. A number of months later he started work on one other giant piece in Rome, portray revisited variations of the Greek Venus de Milo subsequent to a equally redone David by Michelangelo, as a commentary on the trendy values of consumerist society. The piece is but to be completed.
Blu stays utterly centered on working with non-government organizations and teams, creating works as a present and supply of empowerment for native communities, all whereas attempting to retain is anonymity. Exposing everybody from corrupt politicians to violent police or grasping real-estate moguls, the artist is constantly producing work that helps widespread individuals and their battle in opposition to an more and more imbalanced financial and political system. (by way of Juxtapoz)