Biennale Artmossphere

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Moscow, Russia
September 2014

RUFO – Rudimentary Unidentified Frictional Object

I have been doing research around the idea of “creating while walking” for a long time now (see the Promenades Project I did in Beijing: www.eltono.com/en/projects/promenades), my last idea was to register friction during a walk and I came up with the idea of RUFO – RUFO is a typical dog name in French and also the name of a toy dog that was released in the 80´s. I decided the four letters would stand for “Rudimentary Unidentified Frictional Object”.

Basically, I wanted to drag an artwork along a defined path and register the way it decays. I was doing tests around this idea when I was asked to participate in Artmossphere Biennial in Moscow so I decided to do the first RUFO experiment in the street of the Russian capital. I painted 11 wood boards with bold colored graphics and one by one dragged them around the city on different paths I had selected earlier (around the exhibition space, in random neighborhood, around the Red Square, around the hotel…). Each walk was between one and two kilometers, except for RUFO #9 where I walked for 2,5 kilometers and the painting almost disappeared entirely. Having the artwork interacting with the outside was crucial – showing artworks in the state they came out of the studio doesn’t interest me – my idea was to “print” the city onto each board turning them into witnesses of a walk, an experience. On the back of each board I showed the map of the walk and all the data generated (date, time, duration, distance and name of the streets wandered) – note that during the biennial, I showed reproductions of the back of the boards on spare boards for the people to understand better the story.

Pictures by Natalia Solovieva – Thanks to everybody at Artmosspere and to the people from Codered.

Varianti

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Ritmo
Via Grotte Bianche 62, Catania, Italy
June 9th – August 31st 2014

MOMO & Eltono

Inspired by the nearby market and particularly its cleaning activity, we designed 6 shapes and made up a device to generate random compositions with them. By shaking the device, we generated and documented hundreds of compositions; 52 were chosen, reproduced as collages and framed.

Video showed during the exhibition:

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These artworks are for sale through the Ritmo gallery.

Amalgama

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Slowtrack
C/ Cañizares 12, Madrid, Spain
March 27 – May 26 2014

First room:
Boîte à Compositions: www.eltono.com/exhibitions/solo/amalgama/boite-a-compositions
Modulo L: www.eltono.com/exhibitions/solo/amalgama/modulo-l
Nebulosas: www.eltono.com/exhibitions/solo/amalgama/nebulosas
Road Prints: www.eltono.com/exhibitions/solo/amalgama/road-prints
Patio:
Armatoste: www.eltono.com/exhibitions/solo/amalgama/armatoste
Second room:
I presented the outcome of 7 walks I did in Beijing for the Promenades project: www.eltono.com/projects/promenades

If you are interested in purchasing any of these pieces, please contact the gallery: www.slowtracksociety.com

Pictures by Eltono and ©Miguel Rosón (www.v15.es)
Thanks LUCE, Esther, Dani and Greta, Nov9 and everybody at Slowtrack.

Wooster Collective 10th Anniversary

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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

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

8 Linee attraverso 4 Punti – Randomly generated mural painting – Mural executed for the Fresh Flâneurs show in Doppelgaenger Gallery.

“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.

Fresh Flâneurs

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

Curated by Vittorio Parisi – directed by Antonella Spano and Michele Spinelli
fresh-flaneurs

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.

www.doppelgaenger.it

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.

One Minute Before

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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

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International Montessori School of Beijing
Beijing, China
April 12th and 15th 2013

Automatic mural painting experiment during two days with 51 kids. 62 lines were painted.

Video:

Pictures:

Thanks to Jaime, Sierra and all the kids from the International Montessori School of Beijing.