16 January 2013

Filippo Minelli has been creating public art since the early 90’s in the most unexpected places.  A former graffiti artist, Filippo now uses social media as a new ‘street’ and a way of  carrying seemingly ambiguous messages to the masses.   He steers clear of daily news not to pollute or prevent his view and understanding of complex issues. I think we can all understand that, can’t we?

Much of his work stems from his interest in geopolitics as clearly seen in his ongoing series such as “Flags,” “Nonsense,” and “ I Am Getting Bored of New Artists.” Which begs the question, aren’t we all?

Filippo’s “Silence /Shapes” series is quite different from the rest.  In this series, Filippo catapults colored smoke bombs against the most remote, mundane environments. A juxtaposition of color that makes for a striking scene, “giving silence a physical shape to be aware of its presence.”

Looks like Elephant magazine also adores this series as much as I do, landing it front and center on this month’s cover.  With the feature ‘Post-Photography’ the magazine focuses on photography looking at how artists are transforming and transcending the medium.


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One of my favorite tidbits in Filippo’s bio is a tale of youth from his days in Art School, where he says “ I mostly learned how to perfectly grill sausages in the classroom along with other talented artists, and even if I don’t eat sausages anymore, thanks to the precious teachings I received,  I can now grill fish, which I still eat, with the same ability.”

Where is this Art School, and where can I sign up?

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