NEXT THURSDAY, AT "PASTIFICIO CECERE" IN ROME WILL OPEN "SIMIL-PROP", LEONARDO CRUDI'S SOLO EXHIBITION THAT, WITH A DIRECTOR APPROACH, GRAPHICALLY DEPICTS FIGURES FROM THE THIRD INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION WORKING CLASS, PLACING THEM IN SUPREMATISM ABSTRACT SCENARIOS AND CONSTRUCTIVISM. THE ARTIST SHOWS REALITY CHANGING ITS PERCEPTION. THAT'S THE WAY THE WORK OF "SIMIL-PROPAGANDA" CAME TO THE WORLD : AN ARTEFACT REALITY IN WHICH THE PROTAGONISTS METAPHORICALLY EMBODY THE WORKING CLASS
Simil-Prop will present a new body of work of the young Italian artist, Leonardo Crudi. Loyal to the most authentic theories of constructivism, Crudi unifies the geometric abstraction of the early Russian avant-garde with the faces of Italian Neorealism, highlighting the disparity that exists between actual labour and the economic super-structures that gravitate around them. With an uncanny eye for precision, Crudi represents the Italian working class of the early 20th century. Drawing fine vertical lines with a BIC pen, he captures the worn out faces and able bodies of the workers, integrated within the geometric landscapes of Russian Constructivism. The figures are arrested in motion, as they hammer, pull and pick away at the imaginary industrial machine working towards their demise.
Crudi’s artworks sprout from the necessity to open a dialogue between producer, product and consumer with the aim of highlighting the social stigma of the working class. His practice appropriates propagandistic rhetoric that was aimed at bringing the proletariat closer to the dynamics of power at the conception of the Soviet Union. The artist therefore exposes the many issues involved between the relationship of production and property. Are the spectators consumers, passively absorbing information in acquiescence? Or do they become the producer, attributing a meaning and value to the artwork? Are we, as members of society, the producers of social and economic inequality, or are we its product?
The exhibition is organised by The Orange Garden, a collective of young individuals based out of London and Rome. We distinguish ourselves by not solely organising exhibitions but also by developing artist’s careers and investing in unique entrepreneurial projects. Working across three creative industries; art, music, and film, The Orange Garden blurs the lines between these different mediums providing artists a platform to fulfil their ambitions.
The exhibition is curated by Tommaso de Benedictis and the opening will take place at the Pastificio Cerere in Rome, 26 May 2016 at 6:00pm and will run until June 1st 2016.
Text by Tommaso De Benedictis