Published on Thursday, March 17th, 2011
One can bump into it on walls around Rome, under the flyover of the freeway, between the pylons of the beltway. Each urban step in the Italian capital is marked by his signature in the form of tags. His name is Hogre and for years his works of Street Art have been decorating the capital. The Mondo Bizzarro Gallery in Rome, platform for hyper-contemporary arts in the 21st century, presents the latest great talent of the Roman school of Street Art in his first indoor solo exhibition. His Street Art experience begins during adolescence, at the age of fourteen, when around Italy's capital posters displaying a well-known Italian politician started to be completed with clown noses. His stencils have evolved over time, making room for acrylic paints and brushes and for large-format canvases, but a notion of his individual artistic language was already evident in his first artistic output. Above all, the subjects approached have always been the prosecution and condemnation of social injustices. His stencils, in fact, affect the audience for the immediacy of their message and their character of disenchanted irony. Hogre focuses on decoding, rebutting contemporary society to bare its ugliness. An irreverent and shameless language, which shakes the conscience and opens the eyes of the visitor.
The work of this artist, whose real name remains strictly anonymous, consists mostly of faces, a multiform and varied human iconography. His stencils consist of silhouettes of men who think with their heads that look more like lollipops than actual brains. In his day-dreaming metropolitan world there are monstrous dragons, which are crowned priests of bizarre religions, medieval knights who ride the myths of modernity. There are stencils, finally, representing policemen appearing as simple fetishes in the hands of unidentified people. The exhibition opening next March 19th at the Roman gallery bears the title Trash Pro Todo and is a journey into the fictional pop decorated with rather joyful and disenchanted political satire .
In the debate over the real or only attributed artistry of Street Art the exhibition dedicated to Hogre is not a unicum. This is not the first time that the movement of Street Art leaves the walls of the city to take on a more official role by entering a space. It all started out with the mega event Scala Mercalli realized in 2008 at the Roman Auditorium, where the evocative seismic metaphor well defined the will to vigorously shake up consciences. At that time, the finger was pointed at a certain retrograde aesthetic by debasing it in an anti-democratic and segregating attitude against an art form that is characterized for its aesthetic and organic synthesis and especially for the use of an ironic language, funny and irreverent. This is a language which is able to denounce political, social, cultural and contemporary rifts. From Keith Haring and Jean Michelle Basquiat to the more contemporary Banski and J. R., the artistic street language has evolved by changing its appearance.
from March, 19th to April 6th, 2011
HOGRE - Trash Pro Todo
Mondo Bizzarro Gallery, Via Reggio Emilia 32 c/d; Roma
Opening Hours: monday to saturday 12-20
Info: 06/44247451 www.mondobizzarrogallery.com