An Exhibition That Toys With Geometric Abstraction And Industrial Spaces

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Shape of Things

The relationship between geometrical abstraction, a form of abstract art that focuses on geometric forms, and urban space is an interesting one not least because it provides a blank, modern, canvas for contemporary ideas. This optical phenomenon is the result of detailed research into the artists of the Renaissance period, such as Fra’ Luca Pacioli’s and Leonardo Da Vinci and the resulting dialogue with irregular architecture.

Shape of Things:

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In an exhibition at the MEF – Ettore Fico Museum in Italy, amidst the wall art of other artists, the installations interact with their unusual setting. The minimalist geometric designs hang in the once abandoned factory, playing with the clean lines that surround them and chameleon-like as they adapt to your position.

Origin of Symmetry:

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Origin of Symmetry

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Trul Design, the team behind the installations, are a collective originally formed by four artists as a graffiti crew (Mauro149, Rems182, Mach505, and Ninja1). Now there are six of them including two assistants, and though graffiti was the medium which sparked their friendship and initial group, they have diversified into other areas of art. “Our friendship really taught us the values of sharing, trust, adventure, research, elasticity, speed, and enabled us to progress in our artistic and technical skills”, they explain; and this professional yet informal, playful approach to art has become one of their most defining, and inspiring, qualities.

The Colour and The Shape:

We spoke to Truly Design about the inspiring and the abstract.

The Plus: How did you start this project with MEF and how was the collaboration process?
Truly Design:
The project took about a year to take shape from our first contact with the Museum. We were invited to visit the Museum, whose curators were scouting for emergent artists within the contemporary scene. We were asked to think up a single installation; however, entering the museum we saw more than one perfect setting for our anamorphic artwork, so we thought of a series of works, and fortunately the Director and his team liked our idea, so were given the amazing opportunity to showcase our work side by side with established artists from other generations such as Florence Henri, Ettore Fico, and Renato Birolli.

TP: How many designs in total and what elements you wanted to focus for each design?
We painted three designs, which are focused on the relationship between the Museum space – which we perceive as a metaphysical dimension – and geometry. Each interaction between setting and artwork was carefully thought out in order to let the architecture dictate what was to happen to these solid forms.

TP: It seems all of them are quite abstract, what’s the reason?
Our passion for anamorphic artwork goes back to the Renaissance, when artists like Leonardo Da Vinci were studying this phenomenon. In those same years, a man named Luca Pacioli wrote the “De Divina Proportione”, illustrated by Da Vinci himself, a treaty on flat and three-dimensional geometry. So we started from the fundamentals of space, structure, and proportion. Geometry has always fascinated men since the dawn of time, as it has always been the tool through which material reality is measured and described, up to the point where it gets trascendental. Furthermore, we took some inspiration from abstract geometric art of the early 1920s, in order to relate our work to both ancient and modern maestros.

TP: Where are the inspirations come from?
As mentioned above, for the technical part, artists and scientists such as Da Vinci, Pacioli, and Hans Holbein. As for the creative aspect, we take inspiration from modern and contemporary artists like Albers, Moholy Nagy, Lissitzky, Felice Varini, and George Rousse.

TP: Street art vs indoor graffiti, what’s your view on them?
To us it’s simply a matter of definition. Street art and graffiti are words which should be used to define spontaneous artwork created in public spaces. Anything that goes beyond this can be defined as art which is aesthetically and/or conceptually inspired by graffiti or street art.

TP: What next?
As we are avid travellers, we are trying to create opportunities to realize our artistic projects abroad! Our inspiration mainly derives from confronting ourselves with other cultures and mindsets, and travelling is fundamental to keep ideas flowing.