Monday, April 30, 2012

Franco Matticchio


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This drawing can be viewed until May 15th at Galleria dell'Incisione in Brescia, Italy.
DIsegni sparsi is an exhibition of Franco's works which spans 40 years, from a portrait
 created when he was only 15 to his ongoing "Matticchiate" for Il Sole 24 Ore.
If you're in the Milan area, I believe it's worth the trip!


Friday, April 27, 2012

Rock'n'Roll Animals



I have been following for some time the marvelously creative and eclectic universe
of the silkscreen artists who create posters for the concerts of indie rock musicians. 
There's enough exciting talent to rival the mythical San Francisco psychedelic poster era!






the incredibly talented DKNG

 










Thursday, April 26, 2012

Voices from Tibet



Emiliano Ponzi created the illustrations featured in this beautiful and moving animated short 
directed by Olivier Durant and Bruna Guerreiro of Captive studio as part of Leo Burnett's communication
 for the Amnesty campaign "Voices for Freedomaddressing the silencing of civil activists worldwide. 
The animation was inspired by the story of Dhondup Wangchen, who was jailed in 2008
 for having made the documentary Leaving fear behind, which gives voice to the feelings of Tibetans
 regarding Chinese rule over their land. Following his imprisonment, a massive wave of riots and unrest
 spread through Tibet, resulting in the disappearance of over 1000 monks unaccounted for to this day. 
The animation's script was inspired by Buddhist and Tibetan proverbs, and involves many
 symbolic animals which are central to Tibetan life and religion, such as the yak, tiger 
and antelope, while the crane is a national symbol in China.

You may sign this petition asking Chinese President Hu Jintao for the release of Dhondup Wangchen!

Friday, April 20, 2012

Something Strange



The political cartoonist Roberto Perini has been one of the protagonists of Italian satire.
He was one of the founders of the satirical magazine Il Male, and has collaborated with  many 
other important periodicals, newspapers and book publishers. Perini is also a skilled watercolorist,
and has created a number of illustrated books with the publisher Nuages.
His artworks are filled with surrealistic imagery and with his love for the people, 
buildings and landscapes of Cuba, where he has lived for the past 20 years. 


 These are some of the spreads featured in the volume Animali
written and illustrated by Perini and published by Nuages in 2001.







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