NUMA CREW. OIL ON CONCRETE, 30 X 40 cm.
When we think about the concrete jungle of New York and we think of punk and graffiti, there is an intersection of performers such as the Ramones and Grand Master Flash. Underground art is a reflection of the often gritty urban life that surrounds its artists. Concrete is fluid and adaptive at first and then solid, stubborn, and tough. Crossing over into Italian painter and sculptor Mario Loprete’s world we can see through his filters, his visions transformed into and onto concrete’s real and solid form.
Walls of concrete no longer contain cultures. In the work cycle “Black” Loprete investigates and explores the world of hip hop, looking for iconographic reference points within the world of young Italians. He carefully absorbs inspirational foundations from the American stereotype. Concrete used by Ancient Romans is a medium for a modern philosophy of life now no longer relegated to just boundaries on a paper map. Expressive people are the incarnation and the materialization of the soul beyond those boundaries and labels. Whether it is Loprete’s freezing in time soft comforting fabric or a lucid portrait of human form on concrete, the connection of art and street is revolutionary.
Fabri Fiber. Oil on reinforced concrete. 25 cm diameter. Year: 2012
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