Wooster Collective 10th Anniversary

Jonathan Levine Gallery
525 W 22nd Street, New York, USA
7 August  – 24 august 2013
Curated by Marc and Sara Schiller

One Minute Before

Since I started painting geometric shapes using masking tape I have always found the moment right before pulling the tape off very interesting. At first, it looks a bit uncontrolled and messy but with a closer look, you can already begin to see an organized structure among the chaos of the tape and paint. Because painting in the street (for obvious reasons) has to be a quick action, this moment where the paint and the tape exist simultaneously is always extremely short. The idea for this new series called “One Minute Before” is to generate a collection of drawings based on the re-creation of this brief moment just before the tape is pulled off and the painting is revealed – a moment that, apart from myself, very few people have ever seen. All the drawings are based on real paintings that exist or have existed in the street, most of them painted illegally.

The first three drawings of this series were created in Beijing in June 2013 using pencil, acrylic and watercolor on paper.

This new series of work was presented to the public for the first time during the Wooster Collective 10th Anniversary Show at the Jonathan Levine Gallery in New York in August of 2013.

To ask about availability and prices of these artworks, please write an email to: artworks@eltono.com

Fresh Flâneurs

Doppelgaenger Gallery
Via Verrone 8, Bari, Italy
June 25th – September 15th 2013

Curated by Vittorio Parisi – directed by Antonella Spano and Michele Spinelli

I presented three works for the Fresh Flâneurs exhibition in Bari: 8 Linee attraverso 4 Punti, a random painting experiment on a wall inside the gallery, Schegge, a new participative installation from the series Astillas and a mural painting on a public building in the city.


8 Linee attraverso 4 Punti – Randomly generated mural painting

“8 lines made of 4 points” – Following a very simple set of predetermined rules, I painted eight lines; each one of them was made of four points randomly positioned on a defined plane.

Schegge – Participative installation

As in previous Astillas installations, I individually painted 41 pieces of wood I found in the streets of Bari. Before the opening, I arranged the pieces on the floor leaving the construction of the installation and the evolution of its compositions in the visitors’ hands.

Mural Painting in the city

Three façades (12 x 5, 12 x 5 and 12 x 8 m.) on a city maintenance building on via Matteo Renato Imbriani.

Thanks to Dopplegaenger Gallery: Antonella, Michele, Vittorio and Eugenio, to Carlo and Giovani and to LUCE.

Le Havre Biennale

4th Biennale d’Art Contemporain
Le Havre, France
September 28th 2012 – May 15th 2013
Directed by Linda Morren and curated by Kevin Grottaglia

Signalétique Libre

I built the Signalétique Libre (free signage) installation exclusively for the Le Havre Contemporary Art Biennial. It will be exhibited on the Jules Ferry square until May 15th 2013.

My idea was to take advantage of the location, a wide open space and very transited – which means a significant pedestrian flow and enough wind – to do a mobile installation. The work was conceived around an idea I have already worked with several times: give the spectator, each time they see the artwork, the possibility to see new compositions. Signalétique Libre questions urban visual communication – very direct, concise and at times even alienating – concentrating in the same reduced space 20 signs with abstract designs, without any intelligible message, that remained in constant motion. The pedestrian is free to interpret what the signs want to communicate or indicate, an open space for the viewer to stop receiving messages and perhaps start to emit them.

Exterior pictures by Mikaël Lesueur

Thanks to Linda Morren, Kevin Grottaglia, Mikaël, Paul and all the crew at the Musée Maritime et Portuaire du Havre.

Bien Urbain

Parcours artistiques dans (et avec) l’espace public
Besançon, France
September 6th – October 6th 2012

Project in collaboration with MOMO

This summer MOMO and I were invited to do our fourth collaboration together for the Bien Urbain festival in Besançon, North-East of France. We worked on two exercises: the first one, called Improbables, was an exercise about doing compositions with pieces of wood in unused gaps in the city. The second one is called Peinture au Cordeau Traceur (Paint Snap-Line) and is an adaptation of the traditional chalk line tool. The technique we developed allowed us to trace long lines on a building of almost any height using paint instead of chalk.


Together with Bien Urbain, we edited a zine about these two projects:


We came up with this idea after noticing a lot of small, unused spaces on walls all around the city. After collecting scrap wood, we loaded up our cart with the wood and our tools. Then, as we walked around the city, we installed simple wooden compositions in every gap we found interesting. All the pieces were put into place using only tension – no nails nor glue were used. The end result were 52 installations found all around the “Battant” quarter in Besançon. On an individual level, the pieces were quite discreet and often looked like some cheap repair work; but when people started noticing the series, they immediately realized that something was happening… We were amazed by how intact the pieces remained and how slowly they disappeared. The hardest part of this project was to try to make the installations NOT look like pieces of art.

Peinture au Cordeau Traceur

(Paint Snap-Line)

For this project, we used the traditional chalk line tracer tool as our inspiration and conducted experiments eventually developing a similar tool that enabled us to mark long straight lines on buildings with paint. After a few drawings, we came out with a design and using the material available to us in Bien Urbain’s basement, we built the artifact. We did three tests, threw paint everywhere and finally came up with a satisfactory result.

Pictures by Sierra, MOMO and Eltono.
Thanks to David, Lucile and to the whole Bien Urbain crew.

Esto no es Graffiti

Seville, Spain
May 8th – May 31st 2012

Project curated by Delimbo

What is graffiti? What is this thing called Urban art? Is this graffiti? Art? Where are the limits? Who sets them? Esto No Es Graffiti (This is not graffiti) is an exhibition about something called and labeled in many different ways; but in essence, is vivid and spontaneous creation, with disparate methodologies, millions of points of views, and no written rules. The only thing that remains clear is that this is not Graffiti. Graffiti is in the street and it’s free, enjoy it while it still exists – Esto No Es Graffiti, text by Seleka, curator of the show for Delimbo.


For the Esto no es Graffiti show, I presented three artworks, two of them in collaboration with Seleka.


360 x 330 cm, cut off drywall

The first artwork is called Absence. Based on the name of the show and reflecting on the issue of showing graffiti in private spaces, I drew shapes cutting the drywall that protected the original brick wall. The result exhibited was the absence of the artwork, thus claiming the street as its original base.

Calle Buiza y Mensaque 3

Seleka and Eltono
200 x 150 cm each piece – Spray on 300 gr Fabriano paper – Spray on wall and photographic print

The second artwork I showed, in collaboration with Seleka, was also a reflexion around the act of showing graffiti in an exhibition space. We produced a drawing on paper and an illegal painting in the street. The painting in the street was the negative shape of the one on the paper. Inside the exhibition, we hung the drawing along with a life size picture of the illegal piece in the street.

Rompecabezas (Puzzle)

Seleka and Eltono
400 x 200 cm, wood and spray paint

For the third artwork, we assembled a wooden collage on a wall and worked on top of it; first I started with tape and then Seleka used paint. Once the piece was finished, we asked Marcos, who was in charge of installing and assembling all of the pieces in the show, to disassemble the piece and reassemble it in a different order. We did not interfere in the composition of the piece and let chance and the assembler’s criteria decide the final appearance. The idea of not controlling the final result of the work is inspired by the deterioration that can be observed in the pieces painted in the city: factors out of the artist’s control change a painting gradually until, in most cases, it disappears completely.

Photographs by Delimbo and Eltono
Thanks to Laura and Seleka, Marcos and Domingo

Caballo Caballo Tigre Tigre – 马马虎虎

Sanlitun North Street 81, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China
May 2012
Organized by Migas with the support of the Instituto Cervantes de Pekín and Nali Patio

The third Equipo Plastico’s exhibition was held in Beijing. As usual now, we stayed for a month residency, walking, visiting and observing the city. We created artworks inspired in our daily experiences. Unlike the previous two exhibitions, in Peru and Mexico, in China we faced a cultural and linguistic barrier much bigger; but that barrier did nothing but turn the project into a more intense and enriching experience.

The complete documentation about the project is published on the official Equipo Plástico website: www.equipoplastico.com/projects/caballo-caballo-tigre-tigre/caballo-caballo-tigre-tigre-en














M van Museum
Leuven, Belgium
July 2011


Project in collaboration with MOMO

During summer 2011, I was invited to Leuven, Belgium, to participate in the first edition of Outomatic. This outdoor art festival was made possible by help from the M van Museum. Hans, the festival organizer, told me about all the empty flag posts visible throughout the city streets, and I instantaneously loved the idea to use them for a project. As I knew that MOMO was also participating in the festival, I asked him if he would like to collaborate with me using a process similar to the one we used during the PLAF project to design flags. We prepared 50 flags during the first five days and we hung them the sixth day in the afternoon. It took us a couple of hours to hang the flags and we worked without any kind of permit. This project is called Tiensestraat because it is named after the street where we put the flags. Today, while writing this page, more than a month after the installation, the flags are still flying…


50 flags video:


We also painted a mural inside the M van Museum:

Thanks to Hans and the M van Museum.

Espacios Flexibles

La Quiñonera
Santa Cruz 111 Col. Candelaria, Coyoacán, Mexico City, Mexico
July 2011

Mural commissioned by Anonymous Gallery

On June 30th, 2011, the exhibition, Antes de la Resaca opened in the MUAC (Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo de México DF). The curators organized a retrospective of the spaces created, and innovative proposals put forth by Mexican artists during the 1980’s and 90’s such as La Quiñonera, Temistocles 44, and La Panaderia. The exhibition is a review of projects and artists who passed through those spaces and the work they produced. In conjunction, Nestor Quiñones organized the exhibition Espacios Flexibles in collaboration with Anonymous Gallery (New York) and La Curtiduria (Oaxaca) to give continuity to La Quiñonera as an exhibition space in parallel with the MUAC program.

Taking advantage of the fact that I was passing through Mexico on my way to the US and that Anonymous Gallery (the gallery that supported my PLAF project in 2008) was about to open a new space in the capital, they invited me to be a member of the exhibition “Espacios Flexibles”.

In the 1980’s, La Quiñonera was very important to Mexico’s national art scene and many well known artists who I admire passed through there as they began their career. It was a great honor for me to present my work in a space so beautiful and so meaningful. Hector and Nestor Quiñones, two distinguished brothers who have worked hard to make this project happen, took me in for four days and, with the help of all, I painted a wall in one of the terraces on the second floor.

Thank you very much Nestor, Hector, Rodolfo, Laura, Joseph, Paola and Zapata.