Jacopo Ceccarelli, also known as 2501 (Milan, 1981) is among the most important Italian artists in the current Urban Art scene. The artist has participated in numerous exhibitions and festivals all over the world, showing in prestigious institutions like the Center for Contemporary Art Luigi Pecci in Prato, the Milan Triennale, and the MACRO in Rome. In 2013 he participated in Back 2 Back to Biennale, an official satellite event of the 55th Venice Biennale, and in 2009 he won the Street Art Award at the Metropolis Art Prize 2009 with the video Mask, projected in Times Square, NYC. This year, 2501 will show at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia at the Foro Italico, Rome, in a project created in collaboration with Wunderkammern.
2501 began painting at the age of 14 in his hometown of Milan. After living in Sao Paolo, Brazil, where he came in contact with the school of South American graffiti, the artist began experimenting with a range of techniques and materials, combining painting on canvas, mural painting, sculpture, installation, photography, video, and documentary. The Milanese artist’s style is distinct from that of other artists for his sinuous and overwhelming wavy lines that invade the work surface, transforming it and giving it a feeling of movement and three-dimensionality. The work becomes hypnotic, capable of activating the imagination and the interpretation of the observer, conjuring images and possible visions. In order to create this effect, 2501 focuses on the simple chromatic pairing of black and white, at times embellished by the color gold.
The solo show at Wunderkammern is the final part in a trilogy of exhibitions developed for the project NOMADIC EXPERIMENT, after those in Miami and Los Angeles. The reflection of the artist for this project begins with the condition that characterizes our contemporaneity, always “on the brink of disaster” as it is articulated by fast, frenetic, fleeting times, which induce a constant mutation of our way of life. The artist indulges this condition by moving, exploring, experimenting new forms, materials, and ideas. The practice of nomadism implies a continuous wandering, briefly adapting to the places traveled before departing once again towards unknown lands. There are no spatial or temporal limitations, nor roadblocks or constraints: 2051’s production of images follows the geographical, but also mental and emotional, meandering of the artist.
The show NOMADIC EXPERIMENT – on the brink of disaster is arranged as an aesthetic exploration which can be experienced on many levels, in relation to the architectural space of the gallery and to the diversified production of the artist. On the ground floor 2501 presents brand new works created using various techniques and materials: paintings on wood, canvas and paper, ceramic installations, and photographs. In addition, the “shreds” will be on display – fragments of material, painting and plaster, taken from interior and exterior walls on which the artist worked. On the lower level 2501 exhibits two videos and “The Machine”, a mechanized installation with which the observers can interact, thus becoming participants in the artistic narration.
For NOMADIC EXPERIMENT – on the brink of disaster, 2501 will create a large exterior mural in the public space. Furthermore, in February the Milanese artist finished the public installation Axonometry of the circle (Istituto Manzi – Via de Magistris 15) for the Wunderkammern project Light Up Torpigna!. The critical essay for the solo show at the gallery is curated by Nina Bassoli and G. Matta.
NOMADIC EXPERIMENT – on the brink of disaster is the concluding exhibition of Wunderkammern’s artistic project Limitless, after the solo shows by the artists Sam3 (Spain), L’Atlas (France), Sten Lex (Italy) and Alexey Luka (Russia). Limitless explores the concept of limitation in its possible shapes and manifestations, designating Art as the preferred means of overcoming barriers that we are subjected to on a daily basis, and for reflecting on limitless reality.
title: NOMADIC EXPERIMENT – on the brink of disaster
opening: Tuesday 9th June, 7pm
curated by: Giuseppe Pizzuto
critical essay by: Nina Bassoli and G. Matta
dates: 9th June to 25th July 2015
public support Rome’s 5th District
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