FEATURED IN TASJ VOL II, ISSUE II: ANGELO MILANO
The artists have visited and the show has opened, so I guess this means Fame Fest is officially over for another year. I hope Angelo is proud of his festival’s third edition - as you can see from the photos above (plus my posts on Slinkachu and Ericailcane, and those on the Fame Fest site), it has been another great event.
You can read about Angelo and why he decided to start a festival that combined his interest in international street art and the local tradition of ceramic production in his hometown of Grottaglie in vol ii - issue ii of tasj.
I’ve included my favorite excerpt from our interview. It sums up what Fame Fest, Angelo and street art in general are all about to me.
Elisa: What advice would you give someone wanting to make a difference in their hometown or city?
Angelo: Don’t go abroad or to big cities to find the magic. It’s around the corner! If you don’t see it, it means you have to make it yourself. Don’t trust anyone who tells you what you want to do is impossible – they’re bored and want you to be bored, too. Be angry, be critical and do not trust the traditional paths in life. Do your own thing and enjoy it.
Images courtesy Fame Festival.
Two new wonderful pieces by Ericailcane at this year’s Fame Fest. As with Slinkachu, I’d been looking forward to his visit for some time.
Angelo says of Ericailcane that “he’s the most talented skilled nicest friendliest coolest bestest glorious king of arts in the known and unknown world!” This isn’t actually as much of an exaggeration as it seems.
In addition to his murals, Ericailcane made some drawings, watercolors and ceramic plates for the Fame Fest show (public opening: September 25). Here’s a video of him at work in the Studiocromie studio.
Images above via Fame Festival.
Angelo Milano (I’ll write more on him later - he’s also featured in the new issue of tasj!) always curates a fantastic line up for Fame Fest and 2010 was no exception. I’m fond of most of the artists he brings together, but the one whose work I was most looking forward to seeing this year was Slinkachu - and now he’s finally come!
It was worth the wait. Yet again, I think he’s made some of the best work of the festival.
I attended Fame Fest last year and I highly recommend it to anyone who is thinking of going. The opening reception for the show is on September 25th, but you should go a few days before that so you have time to see all the pieces around Grottaglie and in the monastery. Another thing you’ll see if you go is that Angelo works really hard to make this festival happen - it’s nowhere near as easy as it looks!
PS Here’s what Slinkachu did at Fame in 2009, in case you missed it.
As you’ll hear in this video, JR is currently at work on an interesting urban project in the town of Vevey, just outside Lausanne. Entitled Unframed, the event, which was co-produced by the Musée de l’Elysée and the Festival Images, sees JR appropriate photographs from the collections of the museum, including Robert Capa, Man Ray, Gilles Caron, Helen Levitt, Mario Giacomelli, Lucia Moholy, John Phillips and Sebastião Salgado.
I’ve loved JR’s work for so long, but I actually only finally met him quite recently. I’m not sure why I was surprised to find that he’s just as wonderful as his work is.
If you’re a collector, a fan and can afford his work, I recommend you buy it up now while you still can. He’s going to be important.
PS JR also finally visited Fame Fest! You can see the adventures he got up to with Angelo here.
Are you going to Fame Fest this year? I recommend it!