PERIOD: 1 DECEMBER 2022 – 14 JANUARY 2023
EXHIBITION VENUE: MANUEL ZOIA GALLERY, VIA MARONCELLI 7, MILAN
INAUGURATION: THURSDAY 1 DECEMBER 2022 18:00 – 21:00
Urbansolid is a street art project that takes writing to the third dimension through the sculptural installation. The two artists – Riccardo Cavalleri and Gabriele Castellani – who first met at the Brera Academy of Fine Arts, understood together how their sculptural language was shaping the urban space. Thus they return to city walls, creating three-dimensional writing at the limit of installation: sculptures representing human anatomical casts, guns, televisions, and other symbols of pop culture and mainstream are articulated on the walls, bringing with them allegorical meanings and social denunciation.
On the basis of this, with Urbanesimo (Urbanism), the artists will present a new corpus of works, on walls and installations, which reflect on the condition of life in cities. The gallery will thus be transformed into an urban device that harmonizes with the metropolis of Milan, breaking down the boundaries between inside and outside.
The term Urbanesimo (Urbanism), refers to the migratory phenomenon which, starting from the beginning of the 1800s, led people to move from the countryside to the city, contributing to the formation of a new lifestyle: the “urban” one. Hanging back to the past, the two artists create a sense of contiguity with modern living conditions, shedding light on the habitability – or uninhabitability – of city spaces, especially in the post-pandemic period. In contemporary metropolises, individuals are forced into increasingly unnatural spaces, and – almost in antithesis to design – it is human beings who have to adapt to spaces, urban rules and infrastructures, and not vice versa. So how, then, have humans adapted to a lifestyle that often limits their very nature? Thus, if we feel like unwanted guests, then street art is called to reflect on the object of its art, emancipating the city, that from a mere support on which to rest passively the works of art, becomes a place of active living.