Ericailcane’s Rovina – The start of POP UP!

Rovina (Italian for ‘ruin’), an installation from Ericailcane, has just opened at the POP UP! Festival in Ancona, Italy. Rovina takes place in an abandoned building, certainly reminiscent of Ericailcane’s work inside FAME Festival‘s abandoned monastery. In addition to painting the walls, this show also includes sculpture. For years, Ericailcane has been making beautiful stop-motion animations with sculptures and there were some simple ceramic pieces at FAME Festival last year, but I think this may be the first time that Ericailcane has put such complex sculptures into a show (but I’m not expert on Ericailcane, so I could be mistaken on this). As nice as the wallpaintings are, the sculptures are definitely my favorite part of this show. Just wish I could see it in person and walk around, it’s hard to get a real feel for the space from a few photos. Nonetheless, here are a few more photos:

This show is part of the 3rd edition of the POP UP! Festival. The festival has just opened with Rovina and will run through September 5th with a number of other events. There are three highlights: On July 30th, Blu will be previewing his latest animation; throughout August, a number of streets artists will be painting fishing boat hulls; on September 5th, the painted fishing boats will head back into the water. And it sounds like at least Blu will also be painting some a wall or two in Ancona.

Photo courtesy of the POP UP! Festival

Original Cultures at StolenSpace

As I mentioned last week, Dem, Ericailcane and Will Barras have a show coming up next week at StolenSpace Gallery in London as part of the Original Cultures art and music festival. Since then, a bit more information as started to emerge…

‘Original Cultures – The Show’
Ericailcane, DEM & Will Barras

12.02.10 – 07.03.10

In collaboration with Original Cultures, a new international non-profit cultural and arts initiative, StolenSpace presents an exclusive exhibition of new works from famed European artists Ericailcane (Italy), DEM (Italy) and Will Barras (UK).

This exhibition will form part of the Original Cultures London 2010 event and run from February 12th until March 7th. This will be the trio’s second collaborative project following their work during Original Cultures’ first event in Bologna, Italy, in June 2009 which saw them create an exclusive animation and shadow-based installation. As visiting guests, Ericailcane and DEM will take the lead bringing to StolenSpace a collection of brand new paintings and other media. Will Barras meanwhile will be exhibiting a new animation and associated designs he is producing exclusively for the show. Together these three artists have received worldwide acclaim in recent years, exhibiting from Los Angeles to Sweden via Hong Kong and Eastern Europe.

Exclusive to the exhibition will be the release of a limited edition collaborative screen print by the three artists and printed by StolenSpace, as well as a series of 6 picture discs produced by Original Cultures and featuring art from Will Barras, Ericailcane and DEM and music from Om Unit (UK), Tatsuki (JP) and Tayone (IT), the three musicians involved in the OriginalCultures project. These picture discs, six 10”s, will be framed and sold with a separate 7” featuring two exclusive tracks from each musician. These discs,combining visual arts and music in a rather unique package, are exclusive to the exhibition.

An opening party will be held on February 11th with Will Barras in attendance. Ericailcane, DEM and Will Barras will be present at the gallery on March 4th for a closing party which will feature live painting from the trio in and around the gallery.

Original Cultures London 2010 will take place from February 27th until March 5th, 2010. This is a week-long event that brings together 7 artists from the UK, Italy and Japan and the fields of music and visual arts for a series of activities (workshops, exhibition) in venues across East London. The artists are Ericailcane (IT), DEM (IT), Will Barras (UK) and Hiraki Sawa (JP) for the visual arts and Om Unit (UK), Tatsuki (JP) and Tayone (IT) for music. During this time new and original collaborative works will be created, culminating on Friday March 5th in a one-of-a-kind audio and visual showcase featuring all the art created during the week and performed live. This is Original Cultures’ second such event, following the project’s debut in June 2009 in Bologna, Italy. The London event has support from Hackney Council.

A non-profit project based in the UK, Italy and Japan, Original Cultures connects cultures through modern performing arts, focusing on the fields of music and visual arts. More information, video, audio and a full schedule is available at

I for one am really looking forward to this show and the live painting event in March.

Ericailcane in Brighton

As mentioned a few days ago, Ericailcane has been in Brighton working towards an exhibit (alongside Dem, Run, Cat Johnston and Andy Doig) at Prescription Art. In addition to several great installation works, there are some beautiful works on paper (the one above, Uchello 2, is my favorite) and a few limited edition prints and books available. Here’s a sample:

I highly recommend Il Numero delle Bestie and will be featuring it in next month’s bookshelf page of The Art Street Journal.

To see more of Ericailcane in Bara Volante, visit Prescription Art’s site and flickr (lots of great pics of all five artists’ work here!)

– Elisa