The project was commissioned to me by Sky for a commercial for a new art channel. The technique is recycled paper, using recycled sheets of paper to fill in the areas of my drawings. The paper I used for the face was recycled from a daily newspaper called “La Repubblica” from 1996, naturally colored by its age.
The shirt is old lined paper that was originally used to print receipts in offices. Whereas the belly button is made from a phone book.
The only elements that were painted are the sea and the characters’ tears.
(2012, 3,5m x 5,7m, collage made with recycled paper and acrylic paint, Milan, theatre school “Paolo Grassi”)
This drawing was also commissioned to me by Sky for the Sky Arte HD channel.
Materials – I used “Yellow pages” for the coloring of the sun, a newspaper called “Il sole 24 ore” for the skin tone, and for the shirt I used recycled place mats from a restaurant that throws them away at the end of diner.
(2012, 6m x 5m, collage made with recycled paper and acrylic paint, Italy, abandoned foundry)
“BEFORE and AFTER”
This is one of my first experiment about “before and after”
Skyn and clothes are made with recycled papers!
This picture is after some days!
People, sun, rain, and time taring the skin and clothes!
This piece of work was the first “street-art” experiment with the recycled paper technique! The areas are filled with paper from old phone books.
(2011, 2,5m x 5m, collage made with recycled paper and acrylic paint, Grottaglie)
R-umori is the title I gave to my first piece of work made entirely out of recycled paper. The expression “R-umori” is a fun play on words that encloses two different meanings: the first one is sensory, Il rumore, which means noise in Italian; the second one is emotional, l’umore, which means mood. Both of them can have a mutual relationship because one can generate or modify the other.
The three characters illustrated were “colored” entirely by the texture of recycled paper from old phone books from Milan.
The myriad of names, of people, from the lists made up the color of my drawings and in some way were a vast palette of noises and different moods.
The color composition of the characters was full of the same people that lived in the city in which this piece of work was on display. These three characters represent three different emotional situations and the solution stands in the red element present in each of them.
The key represents the hope to see and to free your sight from the distressing habit of “spying through key holes”.
The balloon full of helium allows us to stand up and bear the weight of our head full of thoughts with a little less difficulty.
Finally, the tongue is the means with which we can fight the silence of a mouth sown shut, which allows us to communicate, scream and shout.
(2011, 4m x 15m, collage made with recycled paper and acrylic paint, Milan, Circolo arci Bitte)
Realizzato per raiTunes, di Alessio Bertallot.
“MA DOVE VAI BELLEZZA IN BICICLETTA?” ” WHERE ARE YOU GOING ON YOUR BIKE BEAUTIFUL?”
“Where are you going on your bike beautiful?” is a piece created with the will to bring the attention back to a problem present in the planning of Italian cities – the almost complete lack of cycling paths. This work declares this disgraceful absence by transforming a car into a monster with big open jaws ready to devour a cyclist and his bicycle. The car becomes the symbol of the denial of the right to be mobile without polluting the city. The asphalt in this piece becomes a hunting area in which the bicycle is the prey and the cars are starving beasts.
(2010, 4,5m x 2,5m – spray paint and paper on a car – Bologna “I park-art”)
I lived in Milan in Italy for a while and because I come from a small city surrounded by countryside this big city seemed like a desert of cement to me, the skyline was barely visible!
Every huge metropolis seems like a stain of oil that looks still but is slowly expanding and gulping everything down!
I felt the necessity to show and tell the story of the expanding city that feeds on nature and expels cement waste!
(2010 – spray and brush on wall – Milano – Italy)
A little girl picking a flower wondering what it is.
(2010, 142cm x 99cm – acrylic paint on canvas)
I completed this work for the “casa occupata Elicriso” in Via Vigevano in Milan in 2010 during the “Fuori salone” art festival.
The man with a TV instead of a head is one of the “TV Head” characters.
The work “allegria” in Italian means cheerfulness. This word on the screen is an exclamation – it’s a slogan a famous Italian host used to say at the end of his shows!
Whenever I used to hear him say this I wondered what there could be that was “cheerful” in a television, but mainly in a commercial show like his in which the goal was to ease fantasy and generate ignorance.
The paradox of this piece is a man deformed by quiz shows and TV that decides he can’t take this slavery anymore and hangs himself, even though the word “allegria” is impressed in his mind and this becomes the soundtrack for the end of his life just like at the end of those TV shows.
(2010, 4m x 1m – acrylic paint on walls – Milan – Casa Occupata “Elicriso”)
Father and daughter deformed by their television “affection” can’t manage to hug each other anymore because the wires from their “television” heads, that keep them alive, keep them too far away from each other.
(2009, 25,5cm x 53cm- ink on paper)