CIRCLE

May 2017

A freestyle “Vortex” style painting in an abandoned U.S.A. base over Finale and Calice Ligure, at Pian dei Corsi, Liguria Coast, Italy.

Opiemme, Circle, Pian dei Corsi, Finale Ligure Calice Ligure, 2017
Opiemme, Circle, Pian dei Corsi, Finale Ligure, 2017

 

Opiemme, Circle, 2017, Pian dei Corsi, Finale Ligure, Savona
Opiemme, Circle, Pian dei Corsi, Finale Ligure Calice Ligure, 2017
Opiemme, Circle, Pian dei Corsi, Finale Ligure, 2017

 

Opiemme, Circle, Pian dei Corsi, Finale Ligure Calice Ligure, 2017
Opiemme, Circle, Pian dei Corsi, Finale Ligure, 2017

 

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LODZ OF EGGS, VIDEO

May 2017

A text by Urban Forms Foundation introducing the performance experience of  Taurus in Poland:

Opiemme is one of the most interesting contemporary street artists balancing at the edge of image, text and collective performance. His highly symbolic works consisting of images, geometric patterns, letters, and calligrams remind some historical movement as visual poetry, concrete poetry, and aesthetics of futurism. In 2015-2016 Opiemme completed three projects based on the idea of audience’s participation in the creation of the works. In each of these projects both the social and natural/urban landscape played an important role at the level of the performance, form of the work and its meaning.
The first of these performances, „Intralci – Hindrances”, took place in July 2015 during the festival AMBRIAJAZZ. Opiemme with an up-and-coming young jazz trombonists Gianluca Petrella created an unique show in the garden of a private villa in a small village, Castionetto di Chiuro, in northen Italy.
Against the background of a breathtaking mountain landscape Opiemme was pouring stripes of colorful paint down a large board while Petrella was playing the trombone. The public was invited to take part in the show and acted as the witness observing or rather experiencing the process of creation. Opiemme was hidden behind the board so people just saw hands holding bottles with paint and colors flowing down the surface. Music was following colors, colors were following sounds, music and art were dialoging with nature. After the show had ended people described it as a deep, multisensory, and psychedelic experience leading to a kind of trance. Music followed the colors, and colors followed the music.

In the performances of 2016 the audience played much more advanced role of a co-creator. “The stars guide him through the night” was completed with active participation of the students of a highschool in Imperia, Liguria, Italy. The collectively painted mural was a tribute to Felice Cascione – an Italian partisan who came from this town. Cascione is known to have written a famous partisan song titled “Fischia il vento” („The wind whistles”) in 1943.
Along with “Bella ciao” it is one of the most famous songs celebrating the resistance.
Around 30 young students using Opiemme’s stencils and brushes painted the mural on the school wall. They perceived it as a relaxing activity releasing them from stress of the last year exams and choices regarding future education. The mural changed the main entrance of the school. The project was much appreciated by students and teachers as well as by the local media.

The “Taurus” project was more complex. It was realized for the Urban Forms Foundation in September 2016 in one of the most neglected quarters of the city of Lodz, Poland, plagued by numerous socio-economic problems, such as inherited poverty, unemployment, or alcoholism. In the near future the location will be undergoing deep changes associated with the process of revitalization. The „Taurus” started with preparation of nearly 300 blown eggs, which were then filled with paint. Eggs were used for omelets – a treat for the residents during the information campaign at the location and the collective mural painting. Before the performance Opiemme painted a large black circle with the stenciled word WINA (BLAME). It was supposed to be covered by colorful paint cast by the participants.
Different groups of people took part in the action. “Bombs” with paint were thrown by children and adults, students, journalists, residents of neighboring houses, men who often drink beer in the nearby backyard and many others. In the interpretation of this happening a communitas category, introduced to the social sciences by Victor Turner, could be applied. In the condition of communitas the participants of the event are experiencing unexpected communalism emerging across boundaries and regardless of their status in everyday life. It is a temporary phenomenon of an anti-structural nature that may be invoked by the performative actions similar the Taurus performance.
Filling the black circle with colors and application of the two new words – OPPORTUNITIES (możliwości in Polish) and DESTINY, that replaced the stigmatizing inscription WINA/BLAME had also a symbolic meaning. As Opiemme explained they express symbolically the upcoming revival of the location which should be carried out with a strong participation of the local community.
The nature of this artistic intervention refers to the traditional rite of passage, closely linked to the concept of communitas. The status of a stigmatized space symbolized by the inscription BLAME is waived by collective action similar to a transition phase (so called liminal phase). Then a new, desired order is established through the completed work presenting a minimalist Taurus constellation and the new positive words.

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ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK…

May 2017
Opiemme, Orange is the new black..., 2017 Pian dei Corsi, Finale Ligure (SV)
Opiemme, Orange is the new black…, 2017 Pian dei Corsi, Finale Ligure (SV)

 

Opiemme, Orange is the new black..., 2017 Pian dei Corsi, Finale Ligure (SV)
Opiemme, Orange is the new black…, 2017 Pian dei Corsi, Finale Ligure (SV)
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“DOLPHINS” FOR “VEDO A COLORI 2017”

March 2017

Sibilla Aleramo’s first novel “A Woman at Bay” (Una Donna) describes her arrival in the town of Civitanova Marche, when she was about 11 years old and saw the sea for the first time. Doplhins are symbol of this connection, as well are letterforms, calligrams composed with words by Aleramo’s first impressions of the sea,collected from the first pages of her first book :
“The sea was a bad expanse of silver, the sky an infinite smile resting upon my head…
“My lungs drank in with avidity all that free air, that salty breath. I would race up and down in the sun on the shore and face the waves as they curled on the sand.”

“Dolphins” is a site-specific mural refering on the hard life of Sibilla Aleramo. A vortex of dolphins, a downard spiral, aims to create a relationship between the sea described in her words, and what she passed through before arriving to this town: being raped by a brutal husband who worked for her father. 

The composition of the mural, with the spiral of dolphins, and the constellation of Delphinus running through it, refers to the series “Vortex” of Opiemme.
In mythology, there are many stories connecting dolphins with rescue.

Sibilla Aleramo became a symbol of a new woman that rules her own life, a woman that saved herself from a written life.
The latin proverb “per aspera ad astra” (top right – “through hardships to the stars”.) works as comment to Sibilla Aleramo’s life.

Opiemme’s signature (top left) is combined with a phrase by the artist: “The wind shakes my thoughts”

Opiemme, Delfini / Dolphins, tribute to Sibilla Aleramo, 2017

 

Opiemme, Delfini / Dolphins, tribute to Sibilla Aleramo, 2017

Opiemme, Delfini / Dolphins, tribute to Sibilla Aleramo, 2017

Opiemme, Delfini / Dolphins, tribute to Sibilla Aleramo, 2017

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TAURUS, A COLLECTIVE MURAL

September 2016
Opiemme, Taurus, 2016, Lodz (Poland) for Urban Forms Foundation

 

Urban Forms Foundation team with eggs filled with colors

 

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HEART-SHAPED BOX WALL IN FOLLONICA

August 2016

A tribute to Nirvana’s song “Heart-shaped box”, from “In Utero” (1993).
The wall is at the corner between Via Roma and Via Parri in Follonica, Tuscany.

A text by curator Karin Gavassa:
«Opiemme mural represents the first verse of Nirvana Heart-Shaped Box, the first single taken from In Utero. Opiemme tribute is a cascade of pure black letters shaping an heart of 30 square metres on a 100mq facade deep in the city centre of Follonica.

An intimate and deep message of love, as critic Charles R. Cross pointed out in his Kurt Cobain biography Heavier Than Heaven (2001). With the lyric “I wish I could eat your cancer when you turn black”, the frontman “sang in what has to be the most convoluted route any songwriter undertook in pop history to say ‘I love you’”. Opiemme stencils recall the dramatic intensity of Cobain lyrics, dissolving it in a figurative stream of consciousness on the wall of the historical building Casello Idraulico»

 

Opiemme, Heart-shaped box, Nirvana’s Tribute, 2016 Follonica

 

Opiemme, Heart-shaped box, Nirvana’s Tribute, 2016 Follonica

 

Opiemme, Heart-shaped box, Nirvana’s Tribute, 2016 Follonica

 

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A DRIPPING PERFORMANCE IN ROCCAVIGNALE

July 2016

A fall of colors performance for L’aperto Festival, Roccavignale (Sv)
Duration: 20′-30′
Background music by Yel Bosco
Ph: Viktorija Gedraityte Riga

Opiemme, a dripping performance for L’Aperto Festival, 2016  Ph courtesy: Viktorija Gedraityte Riga

 

Opiemme, a dripping performance for L’Aperto Festival, 2016   Ph courtesy: Viktorija Gedraityte Riga

 

Opiemme, a dripping performance for L’Aperto Festival, 2016  Ph courtesy: Viktorija Gedraityte Riga
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MAGMA MUSEUM

July 2016

A light installation for Magma Museum in Follonica, Tuscany, 2016

 

Opiemme, Magma, spray and neon, 340 x 195,5 x 20 cm, 2016 Photo courtesy Dag Cardella

 

Opiemme, Magma, spray and neon, 340 x 195,5 x 20 cm, 2016
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BURRIDDA, GENOVA

May 2016

 

 

Before and after

 

Opiemme, Lsoa Buridda, 2016  Genova

 

Opiemme, Lsoa Buridda, 2016  Genova
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A COLLECTIVE MURAL AT SCHOOL FOR PARTISAN MEMORY

March 2016

Students from “Liceo Vieusseux” of Imperia painted the hall of their highschool.
A tribute to Felice Cascione, an important figure in italian partisan resistance.
He composed “Fischia il vento”, an Italian popular song whose text was written in September 1943, at the inception of the resistenza.
The phrase of mural is from this song and says: “the stars guide him through the night, strong his heart and his arm when they strike”.
This relates the work to the Vortex’s quest.

 

Opiemme, Felice Cascione, 2016 Some students with Principal Stefania Colicelli

 

Opiemme, Felice Cascione, 2016

 

Opiemme, Felice Cascione, 2016 Before and after

 

Opiemme, Felice Cascione, 2016

 

Opiemme, Felice Cascione, 2016
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ASUNCION: MONTEVIDEO URUGUAY

December 2014

Source: Brooklynstreetart

In this quick street piece painted with David de la Mano in the center of Montevideo, the artists wanted to relate the figure and the words to the nearby church of Nuestra Senora de los Dolores Tierra Santa.
Appropriately titled “Asunciòn”, it is based on a poem by Julio Cortàzar, the novelist, short story writer, and essayist. “Oh noche, asiste” is about outer space as well, Opiemme tells us, and he used the portion of the poem that says “Oh night take care of your lonely stars”.

 

David De La Mano painting under the church of Nuestra Senora de los Dolores Tierra Santa

 

Asunciòn, David De La Mano + Opiemme, Av. 8 de Octubre e Estero Bellaco, Montevideo

 

Asunciòn, David De La Mano + Opiemme, Av. 8 de Octubre e Estero Bellaco, Montevideo

 

Asunciòn, David De La Mano + Opiemme, Av. 8 de Octubre e Estero Bellaco, Montevideo
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LITTLE TRIBUTE TO SZYMBORSKA IN MOSCIANO

August 2014

Street poetry on bricks. Words are from the very first three lines of Wislawa Szymborska’s poem “Under a certain little star”.
“My apologies to chance for calling it necessity.
My apologies to necessity in case I’m mistaken.
Don’t be angry, happiness, that I take you for my own.”

 

Quote from Wislawa Szymsborska Poesia su mattone – Poem on brick

 

Quote from Wislawa Szymsborska Poesia su mattone – Poem on brick

 

Poesia su mattone – Poem on brick
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A POLITE DISPLAY OF POWER

March 2008

A collective performance in Turin city centre.
The stress of living in a city packed by cars, where traffic and noise rule, suggested my this.
A way to protest, to underline an huge unbeareble problem,
with a collective performance where people simply crossed a pedestrian crossing.
What kind of traffic can stop traffic?

 

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